Tuesday, October 07, 2008

 

Chuck Jackson's tribute to king Elvis Presley

Chuck Jackson is relatively forgotten today, and his brand of uptown soul is dismissed by the relatively vocal clique of critics who prefer their soul deep and down-home. But Chuck Jackson was a regular visitor to the R&B charts (and an occasional one to the pop listings) in the early '60s with such early pop-soul concoctions as I Don't Want to Cry, Any Day Now, and Tell Him I'm Not Home. His records were very much of a piece with New York pop/rock-soul production, with cheeky brass, sweeping strings, and female backup vocalists. Those production trills make his work sound dated to some listeners, and his hoarse, emotional vocals weren't as subtle or commanding as peers like Ben E King or Wilson Pickett. On its own terms, though, his best work is quite good, whether you prefer pop to soul or vice versa.

Jackson sang with one of the best doo wop groups, the Dell-Vikings, for a while in the late '50s (although he doesn't appear on their hit singles). Spotted by Scepter Records while performing with Jackie Wilson's Revue, he started recording for the label in 1961. As was the case with labelmates Dionne Warwick and the Shirelles, Jackson's early-'60s arrangements blended pop, R&B, and New York-session professionalism. Like Warwick, Jackson was one of the first singers to successfully record Bacharach-David material; one of his best singles, I Keep Forgettin (1962), was written and produced by Leiber-Stoller. Jackson had some success with some duets with Maxine Brown in the mid-'60s, but he left Wand in 1967 for Motown, at the urging of Smokey Robinson. Jackson was (perhaps understandably) lost in the shuffle during his four years at Motown, and he's barely been heard from since, although he remains a favorite on England's Northern soul scene.

We had so much fun last night listening and chatting to Wanda Watson's weekly two hours broadcast about the king Elvis Presley I almost forgot I still had to make a Blog-posting. After a long consultation with Ingrid I decided to offer you the following album, after all she is a fan of Chuck Jackson.

The album Dedicated to the King!! ranks atop the series of tribute LPs Chuck Jackson cut for Wand during the mid-'60s — a soulful and respectful tribute to the music of Elvis Presley, it wisely avoids the schmaltz Presley recorded upon going Hollywood in favor of the perennially vital rock & roll classics he cut at the outset of his career. Jackson sheds his trademark uptown sophistication to get down and dirty on these ten tracks, instilling pop classics like Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, and Hound Dog with surprising grit and potency. Best of all is his poignant reading of Crying in the Chapel, borrowed by Elvis from R&B legends the Orioles.

Chuck Jackson - Dedicated to the king _1966
01-Hound Dog
02-Heartbreak Hotel
03-Don't Be Cruel
04-Jailhouse Rock
05-Teddy Bear
06-Love Me Teddy
07-Crying In The Chapel
08-Don't
09-I Forgot To Remember To Forget
10-It's Now Or Never

At least there's my comment. Yours also ?

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'Clickable' links are for you downloaders soooo convienent but the disadvantage is they don't seem to 'last' long.
The Blogger gets a lot of comments 'please re-up'...... Other, more appropriate/interesting comments, they sadly don't get... :(
So you will have to do a little work to get the link.
This seems, in my opinion, the best deal between 'protecting' my links and the least effort for you.


Link :
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Of course you understand to replace in r#pidsh#re twice the # in an a otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN. You can also copy/paste the link into your 'downloadmanager'.

Well, that wasn't difficult, was it ? Now your download takes some time.
Think about the efforts/time a good Blogger (I hope I am) spends to compile a nice offer, uploading it to a server, making a background article.
For this one I needed almost two hours ! Just let your brains work a little...
Shouldn't you, while simply waiting for the download to finish, give some remarks why you picked this particular 'share' ?
Of course you should and you will if you are just a littlebit grateful.
Same goes for what you what you get from other Bloggers !!

Pass to extract the file : 081007
The file is a small 25MB, 'cause the songs are only in low bitrate 128kbits.
Please donnut give a nasty comment about that : check 'My opinion about bitrates' on 2008_jan_25.

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The next depends, amongst other things, on your security options in your browser and by so the ability to copy/paste the link.
When you see this in Google or Yahoo cache or by my Blog's search function read first the RED instructions at the top left of my Blog !
Direct link (after that go to the plain comment of this 2008_september article !) : JeansMusicBlog
Also possible : just click the 'post a comment' section here and you are able to copy/paste !

....And while you are there you might as well give a comment yourself....
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Your blog may not be the tidiest one around, but it certainly has some gems on it.

Let the music do the talking!

Cheers.
 
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