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Jerk & Twine: The Complete Chess Recordings Import

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The mighty Chess label of Chicago was home to some of the greatest female soul singers of the 1960s. Over the last few years we've released well-received compilations by Etta James, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Mitty Collier. Now it's the turn of Jackie Ross, who stormed the charts in 1964 with the unforgettable Selfish One.

Our 24-track collection comprises Jackie's entire Chess recordings, including her other hit singles I've Got The Skill and Jerk And Twine, the complete Full Bloom album and three excellent 1965 titles that first surfaced in 1998 - all produced by the great Billy Davis. As a special treat for collectors, the set also features two very fine exclusives, Stick To One and My Square, which were recorded during Jackie's Chess Records tenure and have remained unissued until now. Compilation by Mick Patrick with sleeve notes by In The Basement's David Cole.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Selfish One
  2. Everything But Love
  3. I've Got The Skill
  4. (I Wanna Hear It) From You
  5. Change Your Ways
  6. Haste Makes Waste
  7. Wasting Time
  8. Summertime
  9. Misty
  10. I Had A Talk With My Man
  11. Be Sure You Know
  12. Don't Take My Love
  13. Jerk And Twine
  14. New Lover
  15. You Really Know How To Hurt A Girl
  16. Honey Dear
  17. Stick To One
  18. My Square
  19. Dynamite Lovin'
  20. Take Me For A Little While
  21. We Can Do It
  22. It's Going All The Way
  23. I Dig His Style
  24. Trust In Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kent Records UK
  • ASIN: B009L503BG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Jerk & Twine" is a nice compilation of recordings made for the Chess record label in the early 60's by Ms. Jackie Ross. Ross was Chess's Records attempt to compete with the then burgeoning Motown sound as exemplified by Mary Wells. While she never achieved the same memorable success as May Wells in her heyday, Ross has left a legacy of immaculate and catchy recordings that bristle with youthful energy and sophisticated soul. In general, these recordings mostly produced by the great Chicago producer Billy Davis are typical of the times, accented by "the sweet soul" approach coming out of the Windy City during that period - i.e the Impressions, Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler. Ross is a vocalist rooted in gospel training which you can hear clearly in her singing style and phrasing - listen to her cover of "I had a talk with my man" or her shout before the bridge in "Jerk and Twine". Most of the songs on J&T are new to my ears but they have quickly become very familiar and enjoyable. Ross possesses a pleasant seductive vocal tone that at times recall Mary Wells, Dionne Warwick and Supremes era Diana Ross. This is not however to say that she is a mere replication of these artists because she also possess her own unique winsome quality. It is more to say that the various song settings are designed to resemble these popular divas as a way to position her in the market place. Kent records has done a great job in remastering and sequencing these song is such a way that there is a nice flow to the compilation and you do not find yourself needing to press the skip button. Jackie Ross' biggest hit "Selfish One" leads off the collection and on that track you can clearly hear the Mary Wells influence, nonetheless it's a great song and it's deserved to have been the hit it was in its time.Read more ›
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Born in St. Louis on January 30, 1946, Soul singer Jackie Ross first performed on her parent's Gospel radio show in 1949 and after the death of her father in 1954, the family relocated to Chicago. When she was 16 she cut one record for the great Sam Cooke's SAR Records - Hard Times/Hold Me (SAR 129 in 1962) which did alright on a regional basis. And it did bring her to the attention of band leader Syl Johnson who hired her until 1964 when she landed with Chess Records.

The timing was unfortunate for two reasons. One was the emergence of the British Invasion which was making it difficult for all but the best North American performers to find room on the Billboard Pop Hot 100. The other was the decision by Billboard to suspend the R&B charts from late 1963, and that would last throughout 1964. But for her first release she was fortunate to be handed a great song, Selfish One, written by Carl Smith and Wilfred McKinley and when that was release on Chess 1903, it made it's way to a very respectable # 11 Hot 100 in September b/w Everything But Love, and kept from going higher only by things like The Four Seasons' Save It For Me, How Do You Do It by Gerry & The Pacemakers, Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) by The Shangri-Las , G.T.O. by Ronnie & The Daytonas, Because by The Dave Clark Five, Bread And Butter by The New1beats, The House Of The Rising Son by The Animals and Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.

Unfortunately, the follow-up I've Got The Skill didn't quite grab the same attention and in November it petered ouit at # 89 on Chess 1913 b/w Change Your Ways, and before the year was out, Haste Makes Waste/Wasting Time on Chess 1915 was flopping.
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Jackie Ross was only 18 when she recorded her biggest hit, "Selfish One." What I love about this CD is the clean, stereo sound from the new Chess recording studios at Tel Mar. This was I believe the first hit recorded there and Chess would have all of their classic hits - up through the Dells in 1970. I find it fascinating how Chess was trying to compete Jackie with some Motown female solo artists and the:Girl Sound (1964-65). It seems to me, with Chess producer, Billy "Roquel" Davis, maybe 5 or 6 releases would all an artist might get - then without another hit - they are gone. I wish they could have spent more time in developing "careers" for their artists. Jackie has both beauty and a versatile soprano voice. When I listen to "Take Me for a Little While" - it was so promising as a Pop/Soul hit - different from Jackie's other singles - yet, it had to be shelved after six weeks. She deserves better from Chess. You will not be disappointed in listening to "Jerk & Twine - The Complete Chess."
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By rayalen on August 26, 2013
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"Selfish One" led me to believe there could be more good things in store. Big disappointment. Lackluster, boring, uninteresting, failed to engage me even after repeated listening. "Selfish One" and the insert booklet are the only reasons I gave two stars.
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Excellent Old School Cd Artist Very Pure Voice.
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