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Chess and it’s subsidiary Checker were Chicago based labels that were pioneers in recording post-war electric Chicago Blues. The company was started by 2 Polish-Jews Leonard and Phil Chess. A very stylized history of the Label is the movie “CADILLAC RECORDS”.

The sound of what we know as Chicago Blues is pretty much the history of Chess Records. Although there were other companies that did an admirable job recording the Bluesmen of Chicago: Delmark, Jewel/Paula, Vee-Jay, Cobra etc ; the Chess catalogue pretty much is the holy grail for this kind of music. A look at the roster of Bluesmen recorded by the company is pretty much all you need to know. Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy just skim the surface. A good list can be made just listing the sidemen of these Giants who later went on to great careers on their own. Carey Bell, James Cotton, Robert Lockwood, Pinetop Perkins, Otis Spann, Hubert Sumlin; just to name a few. Great Great Label and we are really lucky to have these recordings.

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  • littlelouie1

    Thank you Chess records & you have the best box sets.

    December 2014
  • fregat118


    August 2011
  • LedBeatles

    One of the best labels of all time!

    March 2010
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