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Reaching Out-Chess Records at FAME Studios



An overview of the 1967-69 southern soul sessions undertaken at Fame studios by Chess Records. Includes three previously unissued tracks.

 Rick Hall’s Fame studios in Muscle Shoals enjoyed a lengthy relationship with Chicago’s Chess Records that, one way or another, spanned most of the 60s. “Reaching Out” concentrates on 1967 to 1969, when Chess was sending down its own artists to record at the studio, rather than the masters Rick Hall placed with the company in previous years.

Every artist Chess sent to Fame during those years is featured here. No other company sent quite as many acts to the studio as Chess. Luckily they had some of the greatest female soul vocalists on their books at the time, and Etta James, Irma Thomas, Laura Lee and Mitty Collier all benefited greatly from a bit of Muscle Shoals magic. 

This was the era of the studio’s second great rhythm section, the Swampers, and the musicians who truly defined the Fame sound can be heard working out on three instrumental selections released in the name of tenor sax star Charles Chalmers.

To make an already exciting project even more interesting, this collection eschews most of the best-known sides Chess artists recorded at Fame (many of which are available on other Kent CDs) in favour of less-familiar tracks, including three previously unissued and several others making their CD debut.

Tony Rounce


Side 1

  • 01
    It's All Wrong, But It's Alright - Laura Lee


  • 02
    So Much Love - Maurice & Mac


  • 03
    Good To Me - Irma Thomas


  • 04
    The Same Rope - Etta James


  • 05
    Wanted: Lover, No Experience Necessary - Laura Lee


  • 06
    Reaching Out - Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces


  • 07
    The Sidewinder - Charles Chalmers


  • 08
    Security - Etta James


  • 09
    Run To Me - Maurice & Mac


  • 10
    Too Soon To Know - Mitty Collier


  • 11
    Good Day Sunshine - Lee Webber


  • 12
    Don't Lose Your Good Thing - Etta James


  • 13
    Two In The Morning - Charles Chalmers


  • 14
    Hang It Up - Laura Lee


  • 15
    Lean On Me - Maurice & Mac


  • 16
    Let's Do It Over - Irma Thomas


  • 17
    I Wanna Be Your Man - Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces


  • 18
    Sure As Sin - Laura Lee


  • 19
    Party Time - Lee Webber


  • 20
    Take Me (Just As I Am) - Charles Chalmers


  • 21
    You're Living A Lie - Mitty Collier


  • 22
    It's How You Make It Good - Laura Lee


  • 23
    A Woman Will Do Wrong - Irma Thomas


  • 24
    Come Back Baby - Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces


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