The Chess label more than held its own against the likes of Motown and Stax – as this run-down of the 10 best Chess soul records of all time shows.
For the ravenous Northern soul collector, one label consistently brought the goods: Chess Northern soul classics continue to epitomise the sound today.
Attempting to build on the success of Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone The Temptations’ And Norman Whitfield created Masterpiece in 1973.
Wearing its crown well, King & Queen saw Otis Redding team up with Carla Thomas for a laidback and playful album that included the hit single Tramp.
The soundtrack album to the 1972 festival, Wattstax: The Living Word captured the power, heart and sense of unity and purpose behind the pioneering event.
The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads is a masterpiece. When he sings, nothing else matters – and that applies to the listener, too. Otis consumes you.
Stax house band Booker T & The MGs were the rulers of instrumental soul, and they cooked up a soul food storm on ‘Green Onions’, their first album.
Released in 1961, Wanda Jackson crowned herself Queen Of Rockabilly with the raw rock’n’roll belters found on ‘There’s A Party Goin’ On’.
Motown’s great songwriters were the foundations of the Great American Soulbook, an imaginary, but nonetheless awe-inspiring collection of songs written in the name of soul. But it did not come easy.
From the Hammond B-3 to synths and drum machines, as technology advanced throughout the decades, so artists pushed music into the future. uDiscover traces the fascinating history.
An icon of its time, James Brown’s 1966 album ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ bursts with Soul Brother No.1’s personality.
Jeru The Damaja's confident and coolly crafted 1966 album 'Wrath Of The Math' made No.3 on the hip-hop chart and Top 40 on 'Billboard'.
Hip-Hop artists have always waged war on conventional music – and each other. Braggadocio is always there, but it got out of control and ended in tragedy.
Hip-hop had waited four years for 'Moment Of Truth', an album on which everything Gang Starr strove for is present and utterly correct.