Chess

Chess

Profil:
For bootlegs/unofficial releases, see Chess (2). Also appears as "Chess Record Corp." on earliest releases and as "Chess Records" from 1967/68.
Chess was one of the premier blues labels of the 1950s and 60s, also releasing R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and rock. They released records by every major blues artist in Chicago, including John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and many others.
Brothers Leonard Chess and Phil Chess emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1928. In the 1940s they owned the upscale Macomba nightclub in Chicago's Southside neighborhood and several other bars. Blues artists performed regularly at The Macomba, and the Chess brothers realized they were not being recorded. They bought in to the small R&B label The Aristocrat Of Records in 1947, then bought out the remaining partners in 1949 and changed the name to Chess in 1950. On October, 16th, 1969 Leonard Chess dies and the label sold to General Recorded Tape (GRT) for $6.5 million.
Company: Chess Producing Corp. or sometimes Chess Records
Associated to the publishing company Arc Music (2) or Arc Music Corp., that was co-founded by Leonard Chess in 1953.
Labelcode: LC 0156

For company credits, see:
-Chess Record Corp. / Chess Records Corp. / Chess Recording Corp.
-Chess Producing Corp.
-Chess Records / GRT Record Group / GRT Corporation
-Sugar Hill Records Ltd.
-MCA Records, Inc.

First pressings identification:
1458-1670 (1951–1957): Blue and silver label, with three chess pieces at the top.
1671-1798 (1957–1961): Blue label with vertical Chess letters.
1799-1840 (1961–1963): Either blue label with vertical Chess letters or multi–color label.
1841-1950 (1963–1966): Black label, however there are many pressing plant variations. Some 1800 series issues exist on blue and silver, others on multi-color Chess labels.
1951 and higher (1966 forward): Light blue label.
A few red vinyl issues appeared in the 1530–1550 series. Inexplicable pressing plant variations exist, such as numbers as high as 1966 (mid-'66) with the blue label, with vertical Chess letters on left side.
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Kat.-Nr.  Künstler Titel (Format) Label Kat.-Nr.  Land Jahr
2ACH-77 The Project Of Making Man & This Is My Beloved Son Plattencover Rev. C.L. Franklin* The Project Of Making Man & This Is My Beloved Son(LP, Album, Mono) Chess 2ACH-77 US 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
2ach-78 Double Sermon No.78 The Lord is Good Jesus and Nicodemus Plattencover Reverend C.L. Franklin Double Sermon No.78 The Lord is Good Jesus and Nicodemus(2xLP, Album) Chess 2ach-78 US 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACH-9001 Solid Ivory: His Greatest Hits Plattencover Ramsey Lewis Solid Ivory: His Greatest Hits (Comp) 2ACH-9001 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB 201 Howlin' Wolf Plattencover Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2ACMB 201 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB-202 Little Walter Plattencover Little Walter Little Walter(2xLP, Comp, RE, Gat) Chess 2ACMB-202 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB-203 Muddy Waters Plattencover Muddy Waters Muddy Waters(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2ACMB-203 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2-ACMB-204 Little Milton Plattencover Little Milton Little Milton (Comp) 2-ACMB-204 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2-ACMB-205 Lowell Fulson Plattencover Lowell Fulson Lowell Fulson (Album, Comp) 2-ACMB-205 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB-206 Sonny Boy Williamson Plattencover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) Sonny Boy Williamson (Comp) 2ACMB-206 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB-207 Jimmy Rogers Plattencover Jimmy Rogers Jimmy Rogers(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2ACMB-207 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB-208 J.B. Lenoir Plattencover J.B. Lenoir J.B. Lenoir(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2ACMB-208 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMB-209 Sugarboy Crawford Plattencover Sugarboy Crawford* Sugarboy Crawford(2xLP, Album, Comp, Gat) Chess 2ACMB-209 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-401 Magic Moments Plattencover John Klemmer Magic Moments(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2ACMJ-401 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-402 Double Exposure Plattencover Woody Herman Double Exposure(2xLP, Comp) Chess, Chess 2ACMJ-402 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2-ACMJ-403 Moody,s Mood Plattencover James Moody Moody,s Mood (Comp) 2-ACMJ-403 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-404 Back Talk Plattencover Oliver Nelson / Lou Donaldson Oliver Nelson / Lou Donaldson - Back Talk(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2ACMJ-404 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-405 Percussion Discussion Plattencover Max Roach / Art Blakey Max Roach / Art Blakey - Percussion Discussion(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2ACMJ-405 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-406 Interaction Plattencover Sonny Stitt And Zoot Sims Sonny Stitt And Zoot Sims - Interaction(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2ACMJ-406 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-407 Sun Set Plattencover Ahmad Jamal Sun Set(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2ACMJ-407 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-408 Recapitulation Plattencover Kenny Burrell Recapitulation (Comp) 2ACMJ-408 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-409 Basic Grey Plattencover Al Grey Basic Grey (Comp) 2ACMJ-409 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
2ACMJ-409 Al Grey Basic Grey(2xLP, Comp, RE) Chess 2ACMJ-409 US 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
2CA 60017 The Heatin' System Plattencover Jack McDuff* The Heatin' System(2xLP, Album, Promo) Cadet 2CA 60017 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-1514 Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Plattencover Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (Comp) 2CH-1514 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-9190 The Great Twenty-Eight Plattencover Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight (Comp) 2CH-9190 Canada 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-9191 Blowin' Gold Plattencover John Klemmer Blowin' Gold(2xLP, Album, Comp, RP) Chess 2CH-9191 US 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
2 CH 50 023 Blues Avalanche Plattencover Various Blues Avalanche(2xLP, Album) Chess, Chess 2 CH 50 023 France 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 50027 This Is My Story Plattencover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) This Is My Story(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2CH 50027 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2 CH 50 030 Got My Own Bag Of Tricks Plattencover Bo Diddley Got My Own Bag Of Tricks(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2 CH 50 030 France 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-50030 The Golden Age Of Rhythm & Blues Plattencover Various The Golden Age Of Rhythm & Blues (Comp) 2CH-50030 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 50033 Fathers And Sons Plattencover Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald "Duck" Dunn / Sam Lay / Buddy Miles Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald "Duck" Dunn / Sam Lay / Buddy Miles - Fathers And Sons (Album) 2CH 50033 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 60004 Peaches Plattencover Etta James Peaches(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2CH 60004 US 1971 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH60005 Got My Own Bag Of Tricks Plattencover Bo Diddley Got My Own Bag Of Tricks (Comp) 2CH60005 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-60006 A.K.A. Muddy Waters Plattencover McKinley Morganfield A.K.A. Muddy Waters (Comp, Album) 2CH-60006 US 1971 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH60009 Laugh Time Plattencover Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham Moms Mabley & Pigmeat Markham - Laugh Time(2xLP, Album, Comp) Chess 2CH60009 US 1964 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 60011 Mad Man Blues Plattencover John Lee Hooker Mad Man Blues (Comp) 2CH 60011 US 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
2 CH 60012 Chicago Blues Anthology Plattencover Various Chicago Blues Anthology(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2 CH 60012 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 60014 Boss Blues Harmonica Plattencover Little Walter Boss Blues Harmonica (Comp, Album) 2CH 60014 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 60015 Blues Avalanche (Recorded Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland) Plattencover Various Blues Avalanche (Recorded Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland) (Comp) 2CH 60015 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-60016 Chester Burnett A.K.A. Howlin' Wolf Plattencover Howlin' Wolf Chester Burnett A.K.A. Howlin' Wolf (Comp) 2CH-60016 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 60023 Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol.2 Plattencover Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol.2 (Comp) 2CH 60023 US 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH 60028 Golden Decade Volume 3 Plattencover Chuck Berry Golden Decade Volume 3 (Comp) 2CH 60028 US 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
2CH-C-9190 The Great Twenty-Eight Plattencover Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight(Cass, Comp) Chess 2CH-C-9190 US 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
2CHLS 001 Fathers And Sons Plattencover Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald "Duck" Dunn / Sam Lay Muddy Waters / Otis Spann / Michael Bloomfield* / Paul Butterfield / Donald "Duck" Dunn / Sam Lay - Fathers And Sons(2xLP, Album) Chess 2CHLS 001 Australia 1969 Diese Version verkaufen
2CHLS 002 Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (The Original Two Albums) Plattencover Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (The Original Two Albums)(2xLP, Comp) Chess 2CHLS 002 Australia 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CHLS 003 Got My Own Bag Of Tricks Plattencover Bo Diddley Got My Own Bag Of Tricks(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2CHLS 003 Australia 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CHLS 004 This Is My Story Plattencover Sonny Boy Williamson (2) This Is My Story(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2CHLS 004 Australia 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
2CHLS005 Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol.2 Plattencover Chuck Berry Chuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol.2(2xLP, Comp) Chess, Chess 2CHLS005 Australia Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
2CHLS 007 Golden Decade Volume 3 Plattencover Chuck Berry Golden Decade Volume 3(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Chess 2CHLS 007 Australia Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
003 At The Jazz Workshop Plattencover James Moody At The Jazz Workshop(CD, Comp) GRP 003 US 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
0006 Keep On Keepin' On: 1968-1970 Plattencover Woody Herman And His Thundering Herd* Keep On Keepin' On: 1968-1970(CD, Comp, RM) Chess, GRP 0006 US 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
7-LPS-1469 Howlin' Wolf Plattencover Howlin' Wolf Howlin' Wolf(7", Jukebox) Chess 7-LPS-1469 US 1963 Diese Version verkaufen
7-LPS-1476 Dance Tunes From The Vault - Vol. #2 Plattencover Various Dance Tunes From The Vault - Vol. #2(7", Jukebox) Chess 7-LPS-1476 US 1963 Diese Version verkaufen
7N.25242 No Particular Place To Go / Liverpool Drive Plattencover Chuck Berry No Particular Place To Go / Liverpool Drive(7", Single, Promo) Pye International 7N.25242 Netherlands 1964 Diese Version verkaufen
019 If Walls Could Talk Plattencover Little Milton If Walls Could Talk(CD, Album, RE, RM) Chess, Universal, folio 019 Spain 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
024 Buddy's Blues Plattencover Buddy Guy Buddy's Blues(CD, Comp, RM) Folio 024 Europe 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
30 CV 1292 Le Roi Du Rock Plattencover Chuck Berry Le Roi Du Rock (Comp) 30 CV 1292 France 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
30 CV 1386 Promised Land Plattencover Chuck Berry Promised Land(LP, Comp) Musidisc 30 CV 1386 France 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
30 CV 1394 Live Plattencover Paul Anka Live(LP, Album, RE) Chess, Musidisc 30 CV 1394 France 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
30 CV 1401 Back Home Plattencover Chuck Berry Back Home(LP, Album, RE) Musidisc 30 CV 1401 France 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
041 Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Plattencover Howlin' Wolf Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited(CD, Album, RE, RM) Universal, Chess, Folio 041 Spain 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HL-M.8585 Sweet Little Sixteen / Reelin' And Rockin' Plattencover Chuck Berry Sweet Little Sixteen / Reelin' And Rockin'(7", Single, Tri) London Records, London American Recordings 45-HL-M.8585 UK Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
45-HLM 8629 Johnny B. Goode / Around & Around Plattencover Chuck Berry Johnny B. Goode / Around & Around (Single) 45-HLM 8629 UK 1958 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HL-M 8767 Sweet Little Rock And Roll / Joe Joe Gun Plattencover Chuck Berry Sweet Little Rock And Roll / Joe Joe Gun(7", Single) London Records, London American Recordings 45-HL-M 8767 UK 1958 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HL-M 8853 Almost Grown Plattencover Chuck Berry Almost Grown(7", Single) London Records 45-HL-M 8853 UK 1958 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HLM 9180 If I Can't Have You / My Heart Cries Plattencover Etta & Harvey If I Can't Have You / My Heart Cries(7", Single) London American Recordings 45-HLM 9180 UK 1960 Diese Version verkaufen
45-HLU 8428 Roll Over Beethoven Plattencover Chuck Berry Roll Over Beethoven(7") London American Recordings 45-HLU 8428 UK Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
61 The Eagle Stiret'h Her Nest Plattencover Reverend C.L. Franklin The Eagle Stiret'h Her Nest(Shellac, 10") Chess 61 US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
65 I Love The Lord / Heard The Voice Of Jesus Plattencover Reverend C.L. Franklin And Congregation Sings* I Love The Lord / Heard The Voice Of Jesus(Shellac, 10") Chess 65 US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
76 Live At The Vanguard Plattencover The Kenny Burrell Trio Live At The Vanguard(CD) Chess 76 UK 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
104 Bo Diddley / I'm A Man Plattencover Bo Diddley Bo Diddley / I'm A Man(7", Single, Mono, RE) Chess 104 US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
131 See You Later, Alligator / This Should Go On Forever Plattencover Bobby Charles / Rod Bernard Bobby Charles / Rod Bernard - See You Later, Alligator / This Should Go On Forever(7") Chess 131 US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
311 You Mean Everything To Me / That Lucky Old Sun Plattencover Cash McCall You Mean Everything To Me / That Lucky Old Sun(7") Thomas Records 311 US 1967 Diese Version verkaufen
000365 Original Rhythm 'N' Blues Hits Plattencover Various Original Rhythm 'N' Blues Hits(3xLP, Comp + Box) Mode (4) 000365 France 1983 Diese Version verkaufen
401 I'll Never Stop Loving You (Never Ever Song) Plattencover Solomon Burke I'll Never Stop Loving You (Never Ever Song)(7", Promo) Chess 401 US 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
407 Chicago Bound Plattencover Jimmy Rogers with Little Walter, Muddy Waters Jimmy Rogers with Little Walter, Muddy Waters - Chicago Bound (Comp, Album) 407 US 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
408 Hung Down Head Plattencover Lowell Fulson Hung Down Head (Comp) 408 US 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
409 I Was Walking Through The Woods Plattencover Buddy Guy I Was Walking Through The Woods (Comp) 409 US 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
410 Natural Man Plattencover J.B. Lenoir Natural Man (Comp) 410 US 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
535 Summertime Plattencover Billy Stewart Summertime(7") Chess 535 Brazil 1968 Diese Version verkaufen
5.94 Fathers And Sons Plattencover Muddy Waters Fathers And Sons (Album) 5.94 US 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
610 Count 'Em 88 Plattencover Ahmad Jamal Trio Count 'Em 88(LP, Album, Mono) Argo (6), Chess 610 New Zealand Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
649 Remember The Oldies Plattencover Various Remember The Oldies(LP, Comp, Mono) Chess 649 New Zealand Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
0821 Chess Masters Plattencover Buddy Guy Chess Masters(LP, Comp) Chess 0821 Brazil 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
00872 The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions Plattencover Howlin' Wolf The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions(LP, Album, RE) Chess, MCA Records 00872 Brazil 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
916 Class Cutter  Plattencover Dale Hawkins Class Cutter (7", Single) Chess 916 US 1959 Diese Version verkaufen
921 Am I The Man / Lonely Hearts Plattencover Bobby Lester Am I The Man / Lonely Hearts(7", Single, Promo) Chess 921 US 1959 Diese Version verkaufen
1006 Following Jesus  Plattencover Reverend C.L. Franklin Following Jesus (Shellac, 10") Chess 1006 US Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
1007 Love You Like A Woman Plattencover Koko Taylor Love You Like A Woman(CD, Comp) Chess 1007 Germany 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
1012 The Best Of Muddy Waters Plattencover Muddy Waters The Best Of Muddy Waters(CD, Comp) Chess 1012 UK & Europe 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
1100 That Old Black Magic / Moon River Plattencover Billy Stewart That Old Black Magic / Moon River (Single) 1100 US 1968 Diese Version verkaufen
1142 We're Gonna Get Married / Do The Frog Plattencover Bo Diddley We're Gonna Get Married / Do The Frog(7") Chess 1142 US 1966 Diese Version verkaufen
01203 House Of The Blues Plattencover John Lee Hooker House Of The Blues(CD, Album, RE) Altaya, Chess, MCA Records 01203 Spain 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
01204 They Call Me Muddy Waters Plattencover Muddy Waters They Call Me Muddy Waters(CD, Comp, RE) Altaya 01204 Spain 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
01210 Go Bo Diddley Plattencover Bo Diddley Go Bo Diddley(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records, Inc., Chess, Altaya 01210 Spain 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
01222 Love You Like A Woman Plattencover Koko Taylor Love You Like A Woman(CD, Album, RE, S/Edition) Chess, MCA Records, Altaya 01222 Spain 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
01359 We're Gonna Make It Plattencover Little Milton We're Gonna Make It(CD, Album, RE, S/Edition) Chess, MCA Records, Altaya 01359 Spain 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
1416 Eddy Ware (And His Band) Wandering Lover / Lima Beans(10") Chess 1416 US 1950 Diese Version verkaufen
1425 My Foolish Heart / Bless You Plattencover Gene Ammons And His Sextet* My Foolish Heart / Bless You(10") Chess 1425 US 1950 Diese Version verkaufen
1426 Rollin' Stone / Walking Blues Plattencover Muddy Waters Rollin' Stone / Walking Blues(Shellac, 10") Chess 1426 US 1950 Diese Version verkaufen