Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
From B.B. King to Muddy Waters, these are some of the best blues albums ever.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution.
The legendary Muscle Shoals studio defined the sound of Southern soul before becoming one of the go-to studios for the biggest names in music.
Soul covers of The Great American Songbook have added a gospel-derived power and dancefloor-driven sexiness to these timeless standards.
From blues and jazz to rock'n'roll and soul, here are the 50 best Chess Records singles to discuss and debate, but mainly to love.
When it comes to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, some of the most pioneering and powerfully influential figures were women.
Son of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, Marshall Chess offers an exclusive guide to the Chicago label that helped invent rock’n’roll.
The British vocalist has enjoyed huge solo success in a remarkable career with connections to The Beatles, the Small Faces, Robert Palmer and others.
A masterpiece in every sense, ‘Tell Mama’ sees Etta James singing with a depth of emotion that brings every single song to life.
‘The Wallflower,’ much better known as ‘Dance With Me Henry,’ entered Billboard’s R&B chart a few weeks after Etta’s 17th birthday.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
One of the greatest independent labels in history, the music of Chess Records still sounds revolutionary.
The Mack Gordon and Harry Warren song was already nearly 20 years old when Etta cut it for her debut album.
Rod's years on Mercury Records provided him with some of his best material, and some of the best fun he ever had.