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Chicago Hit Factory [4-CD]

Chicago Hit Factory [4-CD]



'An inspiring slice of American musical history' UNCUT

'This is bliss' MUSIC MART

'The four discs are stacked with defining moments from blues to soul and all points in between... Vee-Jay did the lot and often in spectacular style' Q

★★★★ UNCUT


A specially-priced 4-CD set offering a wide-ranging and comprehensive overview Chicago's legendary Vee-Jay label.  

Featuring 115 performances and over five hours of music Chicago Hit Factory presents some of the very best in black music from the 1950s and 1960s across a wide range of genres including R&B, Pop, Rock‘n’Roll, Gospel, DooWop, Jazz and Soul.  Here are the recordings which launched the careers of such major artists as Jimmy Reed, Gladys Knight, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Jerry Butler, Betty Everett, Gene Chandler, The Impressions, Dee Clark, Wayne Shorter and Joe Simon, plus definitive cuts by John Lee Hooker.

Discs One and Two include the label’s biggest hits, chronicling Vee-Jay's fortunes in the 50s and into the 60s.  Discs Three and Four dig deeper into the label's extensive archives to feature rarities and key performances from some of its lesser lights, alongside gems from its acclaimed Jazz and Gospel output.

The accompanying 36-page illustrated booklet presents a coherent and enjoyable overview of Vee-Jay’s rich history.  As well as a detailed label story, it includes biographies of the major artists and track-by-track annotation.  Packaged in a handsome compact box, each disc is housed in its own colour sleeve.

Disc One The Fifties 

  1. The Spaniels • Baby It’s You
  2. Jimmy Reed • I Found My Baby
  3. The Spaniels • Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight
  4. Floyd Jones • Ain’t Times Hard
  5. Jimmy Reed • You Don’t Have To Go
  6. Billy Boy Arnold • I Wish You Would
  7. The El Dorados • At My Front Door
  8. Jay Mcshann & His Orchestra • Hands Off
  9. The El Dorados • I’ll Be Forever Loving You
  10. Jimmy Reed • Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby
  11. Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson • If You Won’t Stay Home
  12. The Magnificents • Up On The Mountain
  13. Eddie Taylor • Big Town Playboy
  14. The Dells • Oh What A Night
  15. John Lee Hooker • Dimples
  16. The Delegates • The Convention
  17. The Staple Singers • Uncloudy Day
  18. Jimmy Reed • You Got Me Dizzy
  19. The Orioles • For All We Know
  20. The Spaniels • Everyone’s Laughing
  21. Jimmy Reed • Honest I Do
  22. Gene Allison • You Can Make It If You Try
  23. Elmore James And His Broomdusters • It Hurts Me Too
  24. Gene Allison • Have Faith
  25. Hank Ballard & The Midniters • The Twist
  26. Jerry Butler & The Impressions • For Your Precious Love
  27. Dee Clark • Nobody But You
  28. John Lee Hooker • I Love You Honey
  29. Wade Flemons • Here I Stand
  30. Dee Clark • Hey Little Girl

Disc Two The Sixties

  1. Rosco Gordon • Just A Little Bit
  2. Jimmy Reed • Baby What You Want Me To Do
  3. John Lee • Hooker No Shoes
  4. The Spaniels • I Know
  5. Jerry Butler • He Will Break Your Heart
  6. Eddie Harris • Exodus
  7. Dee Clark • Raindrops
  8. The Flamingos • Golden Teardrops
  9. Gladys Knight & The Pips • Every Beat Of My Heart
  10. Jimmy Reed • Bright Lights Big City
  11. The 5 Royales • Much In Need
  12. Gene Chandler • Duke Of Earl
  13. The Moonglows • Real Gone Mama
  14. The Dukays • Nite Owl
  15. John Lee Hooker • Boom Boom
  16. Jerry Butler • Make It Easy On Yourself
  17. Gene Chandler • Rainbow
  18. Tracey Day • Jealous Eyes
  19. Jimmy Reed • Shame, Shame, Shame
  20. Birdlegs & Pauline • Spring
  21. Betty Everett • You’re No Good
  22. Jerry Butler • Need To Belong
  23. Wade Flemons • Watch Over Her
  24. Betty Everett • The Shoop Shoop Song
  25. Jerry Butler & Betty Everett • Let It Be Me
  26. Jimmy Cross • I Want My Baby Back
  27. Fred Hughes • Oo Wee Baby, I Love You
  28. Joe Simon • Let's Do It Over
  29. Little Richard • I Don’t Know What You’ve Got But It’s Got Me
  30. Jerry Butler • For Your Precious Love

Disc Three Still Jumpin’ 

  1. The Rhythm Aces • Get Lost
  2. The Five Echoes • Fool’s Prayer
  3. Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson • Every Woman I Know
  4. Red Holloway • Fooling Around Slowly
  5. Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson • Tomorrow Never Comes
  6. Billy Boy Arnold • Don’t Stay Out All Night
  7. Paul ‘Hucklebuck’ Williams • South Shore Drive
  8. Morris Pejoe • Hurt My Feelings
  9. L.C. McKinley • Blue Evening
  10. The Spaniels • You Gave Me Peace Of Mind
  11. Camille Howard • Rock’n’Roll Mama
  12. The Dells • Jo Jo
  13. Dee Clark • Seven Nights
  14. Larry Birdsong • If You Don’t Want Me No More
  15. The Magnificents • Ozeta
  16. The El Cincos • Oh Baby, You Have To Go
  17. Lee Diamond & The Upsetters • Hatti Malatti
  18. Dillard Crume Jr • It’s You I Love
  19. The Prodigals • Judy
  20. Earl Phillips • Oop De Oop
  21. Duke Groner • Chico’s Bounce
  22. Leonard Carbo • Pigtails & Blue Jeans
  23. Memphis Slim • Rockin' The House (Beer Drinkin' Woman)
  24. The Swan Silvertones • Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
  25. Kip Anderson • I Wanna Be The Only One
  26. Rosco Gordon • No More Doggin’
  27. Ray Smith • Rockin’ Robin
  28. Hoyt Axton • Bring Your Lovin’
  29. Ray Smith • Robbin' The Cradle

Disc Four Windy City Round-Up

  1. Little Richard • Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  2. J B Lenoir • Do What I Say
  3. John Lee Hooker • My First Wife Left Me
  4. The Magnificents • Let’s Do The Cha-Cha
  5. Wynton Kelly • Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  6. Eddie Harris • Little Blue Girl
  7. The Staple Singers • Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
  8. The Swan Silvertones • Nobody But You
  9. Dee Clark • Shook Up Over You
  10. Yusef Lateef • Hazin’
  11. Christine Kittrell • Mr Big Wheel
  12. The Staple Singers • (This Could Be) The Last Time
  13. Eddie Harris • Willow Weep For Me
  14. Lee Morgan • Just In Time
  15. Gene Chandler • Man’s Temptation
  16. The Pyramids • Shakin’ It
  17. Jimmy Reed • Big Boss Man
  18. The Young Lions • Seeds Of Sin
  19. Wayne Shorter • All Or Nothing At All
  20. Gene Chandler • Tear For Tear
  21. Betty Everett • Getting Mighty Crowded
  22. Little Richard • My Wheels They Are Slipping All The Way
  23. The Caravans • What Will Tomorrow Bring
  24. Eddie Harris • Laura
  25. Eddie Harris • Lolita Marie
  26. Victor Valdez • La Boda De Luis Alonso


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