Tribute to Rhythm and Blues, Vols. 1-2

Tribute to Rhythm and Blues, Vols. 1-2

by Chuck JacksonChuck Jackson


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In 1966, Chuck Jackson cut a pair of albums that marked a genuine departure from the polished pop-soul production style of his best-known work. Setting up in the studio with his road band (led by saxman Bobby Scott), Jackson and company knocked out simple but passionate versions of a handful of major R&B hits "as we pay tribute to the great ones in the rhythm and blues field -- not to copy, just to tribute," as he says in his spoken introduction to the first album. The two albums, believed by fans to have been cut at the same time, are paired up on this two-fer CD release, and they reveal a usually hidden side of Jackson's music. While Jackson sounded like a smooth, mannered professional on many of his hits, in this context he allows himself to loosen up a bit, and the results show off a grittier and harder-edged side of his musical personality, with Jackson adding some sorrowful corners to his Lee Dorsey covers and putting his heart and soul into Sam Cooke's epochal "A Change Is Gonna Come." (It's also unexpectedly amusing to hear him sing Gary "U.S." Bonds' party anthem "Quarter to Three" and realize he either didn't know the song's real lyrics or just didn't care to sing them.) The uptempo medley of soul hits that kicks off the second volume suggests that these albums were meant to capture the energy and emotion of Jackson's live show in the studio, and while this isn't as revelatory as Sam Cooke's One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, it does demonstrate that Jackson's hit singles didn't represent the beginning and end of his musical vision.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667224727
catalogNumber: 247
Rank: 108318

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Etta James   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Freddy Johnson   Composer
Gene Barge   Composer
Freddy Robinson   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Yvonne Fair   Composer
Gary Anderson   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Marc Gordon   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Bobby Scott   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Donald Storball   Composer
Ralph Bailey   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer
Frank Guida   Composer
Tommy Kaye   Composer

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