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5.0 out of 5 stars Often imitated, never duplicated, December 26, 2008
This review is from: Best Of Chess: Original Versions Of Songs in Cadillac Records (Audio CD)
This is a great CD, with re-mastered versions of the original blues songs featured in the film, Cadillac Records. These are the real thing, blues written and performed by by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Little Walter, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. And the quality is very good, thanks to remasters of old tapes laid down in the 40s, 50s and early 60s.

Known at the time as "race records," these original blues tunes by people we now call African-Americans set the stage for early rock n roll and for white rockers like Elvis Presley to score huge hits with songs like My Babe, one of Little Walter's signature tunes. Eventually some of the black singers had cross-over hits. For instance, At Last by Etta James got decent airplay on mainstream stations, but more often than not it was the white bands that made it big. This was especially in the South, where white and black audiences were segregated by law and many clubs refused to book black performers.

The stars of Cadillac Records (Beyonce and Mos Def, for example) do fine versions of these songs in the film, but there really isn't anything like hearing the original recordings. I recommend buying this disk and the film soundtrack and listening to them together. It's a great experience and it's also satisfying to know that Muddy and many of the Chess artists are finally getting the broad recognition they deserve.
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2010 11:27:56 AM PDT
both those artists and Elvis should be thankful for and appreciate one another.Elvis for sure respected and admired these artists,this is what he listened to.
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