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Good Early 50's R&B
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD contains 14 Chuck Willis tracks released on Okeh/Columbia between 1951 and 1954. Willis wrote and arranged almost all his tunes and featured soulfull blues numbers. The best cuts are the straight blues sides, "Don't Deceive Me", "My Story", "You're Still My Baby" and "Going To The River", and the mambo-blues number "I Feel So Bad". All 5 of these tunes made the R&B top ten chart. The weakest tracks are the often recorded jump blues number "Caldonia" which wasn't Willis' forte and "Change My Mind" which was an answer record to "Going To The River" with exactly the same melody and similar lyrics. There was little change in the Willis blues style from the 1951 "Charged With Cheating" to the 1954 "My Heart's Been Broke Again". His music was good during this period, but did not improve or evolve. The liner notes give interesting information about Willis' life but little about these CD tracks. There is no discography."