required listening

LP Review

CHUCK JACKSON  -  The Best Of The Wand Years

Kent Soul (UK) 510

I Keep Forgettin’; (I’d Be A) Millionaire; Beg Me; Any Day Now; I Can’t Stand To See You Cry; Since I Don’t Have You; What’s With This Loneliness; I Don’t Want To Cry; Hand It Over; Good Things Come To Those Who Wait; These Chains Of Love (Are Breaking Me Down); Two Stupid Feet; Tell Him I’m Not Home; I Need You

The modified reviews section to the retitled ‘required listening’ will enable me to slip in the occasional vinyl release from time to time although, of course, ‘required listening’ in such a context will only apply to those with access to a turntable.  Seemingly, a growing breed once more - generating the thought that it may not be long before the words ‘access to a turntable’ become ‘access to a cd player’.  When that happens, it will probably be time to disappear into the shadows completely - unless, of course, silver discs are actually replaced by vinyl instead of being usurped by downloads, such things rarely being accompanied by any information or any imparted knowledge likely to prolong the cause of musical history.  Thus it is good when today’s here-today-gone-tomorrow ‘music’ can at least sit alongside revitalised classics and it is hoped the curiosity of those of a new generation who are taking a serious look - and listen - to vinyl once more might be stirred by sounds such as those on this lp.  It is hard to believe compiler/annotator, Ady Croasdell, when he says: “Although Chuck Jackson had eight solo lps on the [Wand] label, there has never been a vinyl album of his finest Wand recordings, until now,” but facts is facts indeed, only ‘finest’ being a slightly problematic word but only inasmuch that pretty much all Chuck’s plentiful Wand recordings - he was with the label for seven years of the sixties - can be deemed very much ‘fine’.  Although a specialist in the uptown sound, the fourteen tracks here chosen represent him in varied moods from the gospel call-and-response style of ‘Beg Me’, through the upbeat dancers, ‘Hand It Over’ and ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’ to ‘Tell Him I’m Not Home’, a meaty duet with (an uncredited) Doris Troy’.  Adornments such as ‘Any Day Now’, ‘I Don’t Want To Cry’ and ‘I Need You’ are the icing on the very rich cake.  Youngsters, this is what it’s all about!

review posted 23/6/18