Various Artists

Brunswick Records Greatest Hits, Vol. 1-3

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Brunswick was a pivotal Chicago soul label, becoming the city's primary outlet for black performers after Vee-Jay's demise. It featured the superb harmonizing of The Chi-Lites, plus other emerging performers like Barbara Acklin, the Artistics, Young-Holt Unlimited, and veterans from other companies like Gene Chandler and Tyrone Davis. Most of all, they had Jackie Wilson. This three-disc set, starting in 1957 and ending in 1980, includes one disc that's virtually all Wilson. The second disc moves through the 1960s and into the early '70s; the final disc contains essential numbers from The Chi-Lites and Tyrone Davis, dividing 14 of its 15 selections between them. This collection, available only by mail order through a television sales campaign, is the only way to obtain much of the non-Wilson material at present.

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