Chess Mines ‘Black Gold’

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The archives of Chess Records are being mined again, to the delight of fans of the great label’s history in deep soul, jazz, funk and blues, on the new 42-track compilation Black Gold: Samples, Breaks & Rare Grooves From The Chess Records Archives.

The compilation features such great artists as Ramsey Lewis, Marlena Shaw, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, the Dells and Etta James, and boasts many tracks that have been repeatedly sampled and covered by future generations of artists.

These include Shaw’s version of the Ashford & Simpson song also recorded by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell among others, ‘California Soul’; and ‘I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun’ by Rotary Connection featuring Minnie Riperton (from their final, 1971 album Hey, Love, credited to the New Rotary Connection).

Diddley’s contribution include his lesser-known version of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s ‘Bad Moon Rising,’ and the album also includes the rare UK mix of James’ memorable collaboration with Sugar Pie DeSanto, ‘In The Basement.’ Black Gold features sleeve notes by its compiler, Dean Rudland, and a generous selection of original album covers from the Chess and Cadet catalogue.

Listen to Black Gold: Samples, Breaks & Rare Grooves From The Chess Records Archives on Spotify 

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