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  • Various - Breezy Sugar 3CD Boxset (CD)


    The Pure Essence Of Chicago Rock & Roll.

    It’s been two years since the last instalment in Stuart Colman’s much-loved Sugar series, and the renowned record producer and music historian continues with a fascinating 75-track selection of prime rock & roll and rhythm & blues from the windy city. Mention Chicago to the general music fan, and he or she might first suggest jazz, blues, soul or house music as the genre most associated with the city. Certainly, during the fifties and early sixties (the time span of this collection) a wealth of timeless, influential blues was being released by Chess and its associated labels, but there was also no shortage of rhythm & rock to be enjoyed, as Breezy Sugarmakes evident.

    To be sure, Chess/Checker stalwarts Bo Diddley (our cover star) and Chuck Berry are present and correct, but as you would expect from Stuart, he casts his net wide to include singles that first saw the light of day on a wide array of labels, some of which were major or established concerns, like Vee-Jay, Mercury and Dot, but many others that were far smaller operations, like Stepheny, USA, Buddy-Buddy, Fascination, Falcon, Abner, Profile, Abco, Cobra, Acquarius, Mad, Crystal, Chief, Artistic, Chance, Tempus, and Oriole. Featured artists include Betty Everett, The Spaniels, Chuck Berry, Dale Hawkins, The Flamingos and Jimmy McCracklin, but genre aficionados will also savour the less-known names. As followers of the series have come to expect, the choice of repertoire on Breezy Sugar is equally wide-ranging, from rhythm & blues to rockabilly to country, with the single criteria that it rocks!

    Breezy Sugar is companion to the much-praised Heavy (New Orleans), Savvy (West Coast), Sassy (Nashville), Raunchy (Memphis), Classy (New York) and Snazzy (West Texas) Sugar collections. Regular customers of Fantastic Voyage who have purchased our 3CD compilation Chicago Bound: Chess Blues, R&B And Rock ’N’ Roll, can rest assured that there is no overlap of tracks.

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