Various Artists

Chicago Cool Breezin [Brunswick]

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A collector's dream, but casual fans will look at the artists and tracks and say, "Huh?". This 3-CD box set of Brunswick/Dakar/Chisound sides features obscure, non-charting, B-sides and album cuts by familiar and unfamiliar artists. The Chi-lites do four songs including "The Price of Love" as Marshall & the Chi-lites, their first record to play outside the greater Chicago area. Jackie Wilson does four unknown but pleasing tracks. Other notables include Lost Generation, Walter Jackson, Chuck Jackson, Major Lance, Erma Franklin, Lavern Baker, Barbara Acklin, and the Dells. Especially pleasing is Marvin Smith's solo side "Have More Time"; Smith sang lead with the Artistics who are on board for two songs. Also, the listing of tracks and artists involved is enormous, another feather in Westside Records' cap.

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