This cd is a complilation of rare Chess instrumentals from the 50's and 60's. What we have with this potpourri of Chess recordings is a series of ingenious variations on the popular instrumental format. A little blues, a little pop, a little jazz, a lot of fun. Not always categorizable, and different virtually from track to track. However, all of these pieces share a feeling of time and place, a sense of earthiness that prevades the bulk of Chess recordings of the '50s and early '60s, coupled with a hearty raucousness that creates instant mental images of smokey after-hours jams. There is an unreleased Bo Diddley song "Mess Around", worth the price of admission alone. I did not expect to like every single track, but I do! This gem is hard to find – enjoy.
1."Lucky Lou" by Jody Williams 2. "Wrinkles" by The Big Three Trio 3. "Blue Midnight" (alternate take) by Little Walter 4. "How High the Moon" by Chuck Berry 5. "Driving Home, Part 2" by Paul Gayten 6. "Soft, Sweet and Mellow Blues" (take 2) by Earl Brown 7. "Five Spot" by Otis Spann 8. "Little Eva" by Lloyd Glenn 9. "Ram-Bunk-Shush" by Gene the Hat 10. "Shimmy Shimmy Walk, Part 1" by The Megatons 11. "Coolin' Out" by J.C. Davis 12. "Mess Around" by Bo Diddley