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Go Go Power - The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 [Import]

Sugar Pie DesantoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 12, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kent Records UK
  • ASIN: B001UXJQG0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soulful Dress
2. I Don't Wanna Fuss
3. In The Basement, Part 1 - Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto
4. Witch For A Night
5. Slip-In Mules (No High Heel Sneakers)
6. Mama Didn't Raise No Fools
7. Go Go Power
8. Do I Make Myself Clear - Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto
9. Mr. & Mrs.
10. Good Timin'
11. Here You Come Running
12. Ask Me
13. Can't Let You Go
14. Crazy Lovin' - Sugar Pie DeSanto & The LaFlammes
15. I Love You So Much
16. It Won't Be Long
17. Jump In My Chest
18. Love Me Tonight - Sugar Pie DeSanto & The LaFlammes
19. There's Gonna Be Trouble
20. Use What You Got
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Sugar Pie DeSanto is one of the best-known female soul singers of the 1960s, particularly in the UK, where she was a frequent visitor. She appeared at the Folk Blues Festivals in Europe in the mid-60s and is still going strong, performing around the world.

Several of her tracks are popular on the Northern soul, mod and new breed scenes. She was inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 2008. Go Go Power, one of her rarest 45s, was used in a recent British TV ad campaign.

There was a CD of Sugar Pie's Chess recordings released 10 years ago, but that set comprised just 12 cuts and is now deleted. Our 24-tracker comprises all of her Chess singles, including a UK-only gem, three classic duets with Etta James and a great previously unissued track. Many of the selections have never been released outside the USA before or are reissued here for the first time ever.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Stick Of *Dynamite* = Sugar Pie! February 3, 2010
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I have to admit that the only reason I checked out the GO-GO POWER: THE COMPLETE CHESS SINGLES CD by Sugar Pie DeSanto was because of her unusual name and unique cover picture. I was expecting something like a soft-voiced Minnie Mouse type of girl singer but listening to the samples on Amazon and I was blown away by this diminutive woman with a B-I-G booming, powerhouse voice! I just had to buy GO-GO POWER...

This CD is truly rockin' and Sugar Pie sounds a lot like Tina Turner--when she was with Ike. But DeSanto has a style all her own with better clarity than Turner especially on some of the slower type ballads on this set like "Ask Me," "Crazy Lovin'," "I Love You So Much," " Love Me Tonight," "Never Love A Stranger," and "Somewhere Down The Line" (one of three duets with Etta James).

The rest of the tracks are funky, with infectious beats, and explosive. Since it covers the time period between 1961-1966, when rock 'n' roll was in its infantile and evolving stages, it's not hard to imagine groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones listening to Sugar Pie to get their inspiration.

DeSanto is of mixed ethnicity, which explains her exotic looks, and was born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. She was re-christened as "Little Sugar Pie" by band leader and hipster Johnny Otis, and not only is she a talented singer but she also wrote a lot of the songs included in this collection.

My favorites tracks are "In The Basement pt.1" (duet with Etta James), "Witch For A Night," "Go Go Power," "Good Timin'," and "Use What You Got.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and Nice. June 9, 2009
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This cd contains most of the Chess recordings by Sugar Pie DeSanto. Many of the compositions are by Sugar Pie herself in conjunction with first rate arrangements by Phil Wright, Riley C. Hampton, George Patterson and Leonard Caston. Here you have 24 tracks of Sugar Pie's best stuff, much of it remastered for STEREO too. Wow!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Is Sweeter Than Sugar Pie June 9, 2012
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Sugar Pie DeSanto is one of the most overlooked ladies of soul, and this CD of her complete Chess singles is long overdue.

Although she was frequently overshadowed by her more successful childhood friend, Etta James, Sugar Pie had a sassy manner and a bouncy rhythm all her own, as is well demonstrated on this release. She first came to my attention when my favorite vocalist, Tracy Nelson, told me that she had learned the song, I Want To Know, from the singing of Sugar Pie DeSanto. Intrigued, I checked her out, as Tracy has never steered me wrong on the subject of singers or musicians that I've never heard of. I first sampled Sugar Pie with an earlier Chess collection (Down In The Basement), but with the acquisition of Go Go Power, my admiration for her talents really took off.

Go Go Power begins with Sugar Pie's best known hit, Soulful Dress, which was later covered by NOLA singer/pianist Marcia Ball on a CD of the same title. Soulful Dress is about the most finger-snapping, get happy R & B number I think I've ever heard. I have never played this track for anyone who didn't immediately want to know who Sugar Pie is, and how she escaped their radar. While there is not a bad track on the whole CD, several songs stand out.

I Don't Wanna Fuss has a rhythm that doesn't quite invite description; it simply has to be heard and absorbed. Pure R&B, the backup instrumentals on this track are just heavenly, especially a single sax that comes in between one verse to chase Ms. DeSanto's amazing phrasing.

Next up is a duet with her childhood pal, Etta James. In The Basement is a tribute to the type of party that tends to spring up in the inner-city when times are tough but spirits run high.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD from a Neglected Artist! August 28, 2009
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I'd been awaiting a Sugar Pie compilation CD for years - all I could ever find was a reissue LP of the Chess Masters series - which only has 10 tracks. That was just too tantalizing a taste of this unique singer/composer to satisfy me. Finally, Ace has released such a gem - 24 tracks worth of prime Sugar Pie.

Of course, her duets with Etta James are here, but so much more. Every track has something to offer, most are just great, and the thorough booklet has some photos that are worth the price of admission by themselves. Reading about her "scissor lock" maneuver and then seeing the visual evidence is not to be missed!

Put on your Soulful Dress and party Down in the Basement!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suger Pie De Santo August 24, 2009
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Another great Chess Soul release from Kent covering this sadly often rejected genre, and every bit as good as last years treasures from Mitty Collier. Hearing these songs again is a revelation - especially the rarity "I Don't Want to Fuss" - takes you right back to the real Mod sounds of eclectic soul from the sixties. The sleeve notes and images are up to the usual Kent and Ace standard - informative and entertaining. Anyone thinking of investigating ladies soul - especially in the light of Duffy's current successes - should listen to the real thing available here. The irony of the best of eclectic American Music released as per usual on these UK labels is not to be ignored - I live in LA and find it REALLY difficult to track these down - thank God for Amazon!
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