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Welcome to the Club: The Essential Chess Recordings

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. She Put A Spell On Me
  2. Sneaking Around
  3. I'm Coming Home
  4. Lonely No More
  5. Someone To Love
  6. I Need Somebody
  7. My Song
  8. Never Too Old
  9. I Wonder Why
  10. So Mean To Me
  11. Losing Hand
  12. Ain't No Big Deal On You
  13. Meddlin' (Instumental)
  14. Blind Man
  15. Stand By Me
  16. Sacrifice
  17. Blues In The Night
  18. You're Welcome To The Club
  19. Can't Hold Back The Tears
  20. Country Style
  21. We're Gonna Make It
  22. Who's Cheating Who?
  23. Without My Sweet Baby
  24. Feel So Bad

Disc: 2

  1. I'm Mighty Grateful
  2. Give Me This Chance
  3. Loving You
  4. Man Loves Two (Man's Temptation)(Alternate)
  5. Let Me Down Easy
  6. My Baby's Something Else
  7. Things Go Better With Coke #1
  8. You Colored My Blues Bright
  9. Moanin' For You Girl
  10. You Mean Everything To Me
  11. Things Go Better With Coke #2
  12. Nothing Beats A Failure
  13. More And More
  14. Don't Talk Back
  15. Twenty-Three Hours
  16. Grits Ain't Groceries
  17. Just A Little Bit
  18. Steal Away
  19. I f Walls Could talk
  20. Spring
  21. I'm Tired
  22. Let's Get Together
  23. I Play Dirty
  24. Baby I Love You


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OCA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Little Milton is definitely one of the best blues artists! The powerful and soulful rendition of blues classics are one of his strengths yet he he is a all-around performer with the ability to captivate his audience by depicting his own life experiences played out in his songs. While this entire album is a powerhouse for avid blues fans I am particuarly enthralled with a cut entitled "Country Style". This song gives its listeners a vivid description of what it was like living in the rural areas and seeking to experience intimacy when there were no lodging houses (i.e. hotels and motels) therefore it was common to share such episodes in the outbuildings of the property; yeah like the barns and corn cribs! This is an absolutely electrifing album that highlights the best recordings of this great artist!
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This is a GREAT compilation of Little Milton's Chess years: the big hits and a host of rarities difficut to find anywhere else! Every cut powered by that tremendous VOICE!!! The collection displays a typical Chess approach: plenty of BRASS backing the vocals, solid harmony back-up on several cuts and very tight arrangements. The only thing you won't hear is any of Little Milton's tremendous abilities as a highly proficient blues guitarist, but that's not what made him a star in Chess' crown at this period. If you want a taste of Little Milton's blues guitar capabilities pick up the pre- or post-Chess material which will MAKE A BELIEVER OUT OF YOU!!! That aside, there's not a weak track in this 48 cut cd!!! What an OUTSTANDING LEGACY HE LEFT!!! Just pay the cover charge, step on in and "WELCOME TO THE CLUB!!!" 'Nuf Said! (P.S. Thank you to Rusty at Harmony Park for EXCELLENT SERVICE!) (P.S.S. "Anthology 1953-1961" is an excellent cd of Little Milton's pre-Chess stints at Sun and Bobbin Records and displays his passionate guitar work!)
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Despite James Milton Campbell's diminutive moniker, there isn't much about the man's five-decade long recording career, or the esteem in which he is held by his fans, which could justifiably be called 'little'.

While working the Southern juke-joint circuit in his late teens Milton met roving band-leader and talent spotter Ike Turner, who convinced him to sign with Sun Records in Memphis in 1953. After a short and relatively unsuccessful period learning his craft at Sam Phillips' label, Milton's career would see him move, like many post-WW2 African-Americans, up the Mississippi River from the South towards St. Louis and Chicago, in search of greater financial and personal freedoms.

It was while he was working with radio and media entrepreneur Bob Lyons' Bobbin Records label in East St. Louis that Milton's potential was spotted by Leonard Chess. The legendary label boss quickly signed the young rising star to his Checker imprint in the Windy City and, for almost a decade from 1961, began releasing the singles and albums that would become some of the greatest and most successful Milton would ever produce.

From the very start of his Chess tenure, the smoking cocktail of blues and soul within his vocal chords and the deftness of his guitar playing would become Little Milton's trademarks. Too often lost these days in the shadows cast by his more famous contemporaries like B.B. King, Welcome To The Club represents a handy (though sadly hard to find) `Exhibit A' of just how accomplished a musician he truly was. His biggest crossover hits are here - from the radio-friendly groover 'We're Gonna Make It', to the magnificent cover of Little Willie John's 'Grits Ain't Groceries', and the cheerful morality lesson 'Who's Cheating Who?
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If you want an overview of Little Milton's Chess career, this is the [double] cd to get. It includes all the 'hits' and well-known numbers, as well as many rarities, especially from Milton's early Chess days. Incedentally, I owe an apology to my supplier, Kim Weston of KPJwest Music. The service from them was first class and definitely deserved 5 stars! Unfortunately, I was upset about the service I had received from the British Post Office and also Customs and consequently only awarded KPJwest Music 3 stars - this was very wrong on my part and I hope their rating of 100% customer satisfaction can be reinstated.
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