Chuck Jackson

Golden Classics

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Though it only features a dozen tracks, the 1991 Collectables Chuck Jackson collection Golden Classics more than makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity. Starting with the brilliantly bittersweet "Any Day Now," the album features many of Jackson's definitive tracks, including singles like "I Don't Want to Cry," a slightly more hopeful song, as well as his rendition of "Since I Don't Have You," which remains one of the best uses of his emotionally powerful, but somewhat limited, voice. Along with the melancholy strain that runs through most of Jackson's songs, there's also plenty of playfulness and drama, both exemplified on "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" and "Hand It Over." Jackson worked with some of the best songwriters of the early '60s and he does justice to Bacharach and David's thrilling "I Wake Up Crying" and "The Breaking Point," as well as Goffin & King's Drifters-esque "Make the Night a Little Longer" and "Tell Him I'm Not Home." While more Chuck Jackson is always a good thing, Golden Classics is a strong enough collection despite its length that it remains one of the best retrospectives of his work.

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