Various ‎– Chess Soul - A Decade Of Chicago's Finest

Chess ‎– MCD 09388, Universal Records ‎– 329 388-2
2 × CD, Compilation, Remastered

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1-1 Jan Bradley Mama Didn't Lie
Bass – Freddie Young (3)Vocals – Jan BradleyWritten-By, Guitar – Curtis Mayfield
1-2 Billy Stewart Strange Feeling
Written-By – Billy Stewart
1-3 Cookie & His Cupcakes I've Been So Lonely
Alto Saxophone – Sheldon Dunaway*Bass – Joe LandryDrums – Sokol Richardson*Tenor Saxophone – Cookie (26), Sidney ReynaudVocals – Cookie (26), Sheldon Dunaway*Written-By – George Khoury, Huey Thierry
1-4 Sugar Pie DeSanto Soulful Dress
Bass – Louis SatterfieldDrums – Maurice WhiteGuitar – Gerald SimsOrgan – Leonard CastonVocals – Sugar Pie DeSantoWritten-By – Maurice McAlister
1-5 Johnny Nash Love Ain't Nothin' (But A Monkey On Your Back)
Written-By – Margaret Nash
1-6 The Kolettes Who's That Guy
Written-By – Gene Redd, Smokey McAllister
1-7 Tony Clarke (2) Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud
Written-By – Tony Clarke (2)
1-8 Mitty Collier I Had A Talk With My Man
Written-By – James Cleveland*
1-9 The Gems (2) I Can't Help Myself
Lead Vocals – Thereas Washum*Vocals – Betha Watts, Dorthy Hucklebee, Jessica Collins, Minnie RipertonWritten-By – Billy Davis (2), Leonard Caston
1-10 Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
Baritone Saxophone – Rubin CooperDrums – Maurice WhiteGuitar – Louis Satterfield, Pete CoseyMixed By – Bill InglotPiano – Leonard CastonTenor Saxophone – Gene Barge, Oliver SainTrumpet – Arthur Hall, Cleo Griffin, David Hines (2)Vocals – Bobby McClure, Fontella BassWritten-By – Oliver Sain
1-11 The Radiants Voice Your Choice
Vocals – Leonard Caston, Jr.*, Maurice McAlister, Wallace SimpsonWritten-By – Gerald Sims, Maurice McAlister
1-12 Jackie Ross Selfish One
Written-By – Carl Smith (2), Wilfred McKinley
1-13 Tony Clarke (2) The Entertainer
Written-By – Tony Clarke (2)
1-14 Billy Stewart I Do Love You
Written-By – Billy Stewart
1-15 James Phelps Love Is A Five Letter Word
Written-By – Gene Barge
1-16 Fontella Bass The Soul Of A Man
Bass – Louis SatterfieldDrums – Jerry Walker (2)Guitar – Phillip WestmorelandTenor Saxophone, Piano, Arranged By – Oliver SainTrumpet – David Hines (2)Vocals – Fontella BassWritten-By – Oliver Sain
1-17 The Knight Brothers* Temptation 'Bout To Get Me
Vocals – Jimmy Diggs, Richard DunbarWritten-By – James Diggs*
1-18 Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto Do I Make Myself Clear?
Written-By – Peylia Patham, Shena DeMell
1-19 Jackie Ross Take Me For A Little While
Written-By – Trade Martin
1-20 The Valentinos* What About Me?
Performer – Bobby Womack, Cecil Womack, Curtis Womack, Friendly Womack, Jr., Harris WomackWritten-By – Bobby Womack
1-21 Mitty Collier I'm Satisfied
Written-By – Nickolas Ashford-Valerie Simpson*, Joshie Jo Armstead*
1-22 Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces Searching For My Love
Alto Saxophone – Larry Moore (2)Drums – John Baldwin, Jr.Organ – Clifford LawsPiano – Marlon SledgeTenor Saxophone – Bobby MooreVocals, Guitar – Chico JenkinsWritten-By – Bobby Moore
1-23 Etta James Only Time Will Tell
Written-By – Maurice McAlister, Terry Vail
2-1 Fontella Bass Rescue Me
Arranged By – Phil WrightBass – Louis SatterfieldDrums – Maurice WhiteGuitar – Pete CoseyOrgan – Sonny ThompsonPiano – Raynard MinerTenor Saxophone – Gene BargeVocals – Fontella BassWritten-By – Carl Smith (2), Raynard Miner
2-2 Bobby McClure I'm Not Ashamed
Written-By – Oliver Sain
2-3 Jo Ann Garrett Stay By My Side
Written-By – Bob Lee (2), Sherman Nesbary
2-4 Billy Young (2) Have Pity On Me
2-5 Ramsey Lewis Wade In The Water
Bass – Cleveland EatonConductor [Orchestra] – Richard Evans (2)Drums – Maurice WhitePiano – Ramsey LewisWritten-By – Ramsey Lewis
2-6 Gene Chandler I Fooled You This Time
Arranged By – Gerald SimsVocals – Gene ChandlerWritten-By – Karl R. Tarleton*
2-7 Big Maybelle Don't Pass Me By
Written-By – Freddy Briggs*, Jack Taylor
2-8 Andrea Davis Lonely Girl
Written-By – Billy Davis (2), Sugar Pie DeSanto
2-9 Gene Chandler To Be A Lover
Written-By – Karl R. Tarleton*
2-10 Barbara Carr Don't Knock Love
Written-By – Billy Davis (2), Carl Smith (2), Raynard Miner
2-11 Eddie & Ernie I Believe She Will
Written-By – Edgar Campbell, Ernie Johnson
2-12 Marlena Shaw Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Written-By – Joseph Zawinul*, Johnny Watson*, Larry Williams (3)
2-13 Denise LaSalle A Love Reputation
Written-By – Lee Baker, Jr., William R. Emerson
2-14 Laura Lee Dirty Man
Drums – Roger HawkinsGuitar – Jimmy Johnson (4)Keyboards – Spooner OldhamTenor Saxophone – Charles ChalmersTrumpet – The Memphis HornsTrumpet [Credited To] – Gene "Bowlegs" Miller*Vocals – Laura LeeWritten-By – Bobby Miller
2-15 Fred Hughes I Can't Make It Without You
Written-By – Richard Parker
2-16 The Radiants Hold On
Vocals – James Jameson (2), Mitchell Bullock, Victor Caston, Wallace SimpsonWritten-By – Leonard Caston, Lloyd Webber
2-17 Irma Thomas Good To Me
Written-By – Otis Redding
2-18 Maurice & Mac You Left The Water Running
Vocals – Gregg McLauren, Maurice McAlisterWritten-By – Dan Penn, Oscar Franck, Rick Hall
2-19 The Dells Oh What A Day
Arranged By [Vocals] – The DellsArranged By, Conductor – Charles StepneyVocals – Chuck Barksdale, Johnnie Carter*, Marvin Junior, Michael "Mickey" McGill*, Vernie Allisong*Written-By – Michael McGill*
2-20 Little Milton Baby, I Love You
Bass – Phil Upcharch*Drums – Morris JenningsGuitar – Cash McCallTenor Saxophone – Ben BranchTrombone – John Watson (2)Trumpet – Murray Watson, PozzolanoVocals – Little Milton Campbell, Jr.*Written-By – Jimmy Holiday
2-21 Etta James Losers Weepers
Written-By – Leon David Barnes
2-22 The Dells Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation
Written-By – Henry Williams (2), Marv Johnson



All tracks recorded in Chicago unless otherwise noted.

Original producers include: Billy Davis, Leonard & Phil Chess, Bobby Miller, Carl Davis, Leonard Caston, Rick Hall (for all Muscle Shoals track), Esmond Edwards, Don Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Calvin Carter, & Oliver Sain

Special thanks to Robert Pruter

Digitally remastered from original Chess masters by Erick Labson, MCA Music Media Studios, No. Hollywood, CA: "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing" remixed to stereo by Bill Inglot, Penguin Studios, Eagle Rock, CA.

Thanks to Billy Davis, Cary Mansfield, Randy Aronson, Lynn Kerman and everyone in the Universal Music Vault

(P)(C) 1998 Universal Music International Ltd.