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WILKO JOHNSON PRESENTS ESSENTIAL CHESS MASTERS (UNIVERSAL) When Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey issued their Back Home album in 2014, it was released on the Chess label. Now Wilko reunites with his favourite blues label for a new compilation showcasing the artists and songs that have had a profound effect on both him and the music business in general. He has expertly and lovingly curated a two-CD collection of absolutely classic R&B recordings. Amongst the 40 tracks you will find such pure gems as Hoochie Coochie Man and Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters, Help Me and Don't Start Me Talking by Sonny Boy Williamson, Smokestack Lightning and Spoonful by Howling Wolf, Pretty Thing and Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley, Johnny B Goode and Memphis Tennessee by Chuck Berry, My Babe by Little Walter and High Heel Sneakers by Tommy Tucker. Brilliant stuff !

THE REAL NINA SIMONE (RCA) A budget priced 53-track triple-CD compilation from one of the finest female music talents of all time. Born Eunice Wayman in 1933, in South Carolina, she changed her name as she embarked on a career as a jazz vocalist and pianist.

Her first major success as a came in 1959, when she made the American top 20 with the song I Loves You Porgy, from the movie Porgy And Bess. Nina actually enjoyed more chart success here in the UK than the USA, with the top five hits Ain't Got No I Got Life, To Love Somebody and My Baby Just Cares For Me.

Some very fine tracks on this collection include Since I Fell For You, I Shall Be Released, Here Comes The Sun, The Other Woman, Mr Bojangles and I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl.

Nina died in 2003 aged 70.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2016
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