Chicago Hit Factory: The Vee Jay Records Story 1958-1966 (10CD)

Veejay Records

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Blues
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Charly
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April 28, 2014

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Celebrating sixty years since the launch of one of the most successful independent record labels in US popular music.

Received wisdom would have us believe that before Motown, no black-owned record company had made a significant impact on the US mainstream. However, the actuality is something else entirely. Way back in the early 50s, long before Berry Gordy had written his first song, VEE-JAY RECORDS - a black, family owned and run, Chicago-based label - was establishing itself via a steady stream of Blues, R&B, DooWop and Gospel hits.

Vee-Jay opened for business in 1953 and for a dozen or so years - until their spectacular fall from grace, under a welter of debts, in 1966 - they flourished virtually unchallenged as the premier black label in the United States, registering not only a flood of hits on the R&B charts, but regularly crossing them over to the Top 100. In addition to their Blues, R&B and Soul successes, they also charted with white acts - most notably The Four Seasons, whose first three Vee-Jay singles went to #1 - and with licensed-in material from the UK (they famously issued the first Beatles records in the US). They were certainly the first black indie to acknowledge the significance the albums' market - they even cut a double-LP on Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall - and they scored equally heavily with mainstream Jazz and Gospel recordings.

This 10-CD set traces the history of Vee-Jay records from its very first hit, 'Baby It's You' by The Spaniels, through to Jerry Butler's re-cut of his perennial 'For Your Precious Love', their very last chart record in early 1966. Due to restrictions of playing time it is not possible to include every chart record, nor - for contractual reasons - is it possible to include more than a couple of tracks by The Four Seasons, The Beatles, or other licensed-in UK hits. Nonetheless, these ten discs present a coherent, enjoyable history of the Vee-Jay family - as well as the 'parent' label, there were also the Falcon, Abner, Tollie and Interphon subsidiaries - including a plethora of fascinating releases that didn't quite make it.

Features a generous 269 tracks, including 112 hits, by more than 120 different artists, and a 72-page, memorabilia-laden, perfect bound booklet comprising a detailed history of the Vee-Jay family of labels and their artists, together with wealth of photos.

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Key Value
Catalogue number CHARLY915B
Barcode 0803415391523
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Baby, It`s You 02:36
2. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight 02:41
3. You Don`t Have To Go 03:03
4. At My Front Door 02:36
5. You Painted Pictures 02:25
6. Hands Off 02:50
7. I`ll Be Forever Loving You 02:29
8. Ain`t That Lovin` You, Baby 02:14
9. Up On The Mountain 02:47
10. Oh, What A Night 02:52
11. You`ve Got Me Dizzy 02:52
12. Little Rain 03:11
13. Everyone`s Laughing 02:53
14. The Sun Is Shining 02:52
15. Honest I Do 02:40
16. You Can Make It If You Try 02:07
17. I Love You Honey 02:32
18. Here I Stand 02:21
19. Nobody But You 02:25
20. I`m Gonna Get My Baby 02:39
21. Just Keep It Up 02:10
22. Hey, Little Girl 02:15
23. Just A Little Bit 02:07
24. How About That 02:33
25. Baby, What You Want Me To Do 02:20
26. Easy Lovin` 02:17

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. He Will Break Your Heart 02:51
2. Hush-hush 02:32
3. Your Friends 02:09
4. Close Together 02:31
5. Find Another Girl 02:52
6. Exodus 01:57
7. Big Boss Man 02:47
8. Raindrops 02:50
9. Every Beat Of My Heart 02:02
10. Please Send Me Someone To Love 02:25
11. I`m A-telling You 02:25
12. Bright Lights Big City 02:45
13. Moon River 02:44
14. Duke Of Earl 02:25
15. Night Owl 02:28
16. Duchess Of Earl 02:21
17. Boom, Boom 02:36
18. Walk On With The Duke 01:59
19. Good Lover 02:33
20. Make It Easy On Yourself 02:45
21. Sherry 02:35
22. I Remember You 02:06
23. I`m Going Back To School 02:25
24. You Can Run (But You Can`t Hide) 02:42
25. Big Girls Don`t Cry 02:38
26. You Threw A Lucky Punch 02:36
27. Lovesick Blues 02:19
28. Rainbow 02:25

Disc 3

Track Listing — Disc 3

Song Title Time
1. Peanuts 02:22
2. Shame, Shame, Shame 02:47
3. Spring 02:48
4. Man`s Temptation 02:44
5. You`re No Good 02:19
6. Need To Belong 03:00
7. It`s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) 02:13
8. Giving Up On Love 02:33
9. Love Me Do 02:23
10. P. S. I Love You 02:05
11. I Stand Accused 03:01
12. I Can`t Hear You (No More) 02:35
13. My Adorable One 02:23
14. Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin` On 02:30
15. Let It Be Me 02:43
16. Getting Mighty Crowded 02:13
17. Smile 02:51
18. I Want My Baby Back 03:22
19. The Boy Next Door 02:41
20. Good Times 02:11
21. Stay In My Corner -
22. Since I Don`t Have You 02:28
23. Oo Wee, Baby, I Love You 02:24
24. Let`s Do It Over 02:18
25. I Don`t Know What You`ve Got, But It`s Got Me - Parts 1 & 2 04:43
26. I`m The Man Down There 02:59
27. You Can`t Take It Away 02:42
28. For Your Precious Love 02:41

Disc 4

Track Listing — Disc 4

Song Title Time
1. My Loving Baby 02:47
2. Get Lost 02:39
3. I Really Do 02:28
4. Zing, Zing, Zing 02:49
5. This Is The Night 02:49
6. Bobby Sox Bab 02:07
7. Bim, Bam, Boom 02:49
8. Crazy Over You 02:31
9. For All We Know 02:50
10. You Gave Me Peace Of Mind 02:47
11. Mother`s Son 02:52
12. Great Googley Moo 02:07
13. Ozeta 02:19
14. It`s You I Love 02:39
15. Judy 02:36
16. My Love 02:42
17. Miss You, My Dear 02:02
18. Shombalor 02:14
19. Wish I Was Back In School 02:10
20. It Doesn`t Matter 02:10
21. `till Forever More 02:26
22. I Know 02:16
23. Bus Fare Home 02:39
24. Golden Teardrops 03:08
25. Much In Need 02:34
26. Real Gone Mama 02:59
27. Tragic 02:17
28. Tango Bop 02:18

Disc 5

Track Listing — Disc 5

Song Title Time
1. Ain`t Times Hard 03:05
2. She`s Five Feet Three (Aka Brown Skin Baby) 02:50
3. I Wish You Would 02:39
4. Hurt My Feelings 03:24
5. Fool`s Prayer 03:06
6. I Ain`t Got You 02:13
7. If You Won`t Stay Home 01:38
8. Big Town Playboy 02:57
9. Can`t Stand To See You Go 02:48
10. Dimples 02:11
11. You`ll Always Have A Home 02:35
12. The Telephone Is Ringing 03:08
13. Every Woman I Know 02:40
14. Honey, Where You Going? 03:09
15. The Twelve Year Old Boy 03:03
16. I Found My Peace Of Mind 02:34
17. If You Don`t Want Me No More 02:02
18. It Hurts Me Too 03:03
19. Oh, Baby, You Have To Go 02:41
20. Stroll On, Little Girl 02:41
21. Take Out Some Insurance 02:23
22. Rockin` The House (Beer Drinkin` Woman) 02:06
23. Found Love 02:18
24. No Shoes 02:22
25. Oh, Baby 02:10
26. My First Wife Left Me 03:31
27. Aw Shucks, Hush Your Mouth 02:21
28. Baby, What`s Wrong? 03:20

Disc 6

Track Listing — Disc 6

Song Title Time
1. Annie`s Answer 03:11
2. Oop-de-oop 03:11
3. Rock And Roll Mama 02:44
4. Seven Nights 02:24
5. Oh! Little Girl 02:40
6. Hattie Malatti 02:43
7. Mama Loochie 02:16
8. The Twist 02:33
9. You Got What It Takes 02:16
10. Blues, Get Off My Shoulder 02:47
11. Pigtails And Blue Jeans 02:18
12. Come Back My Love 02:33
13. A Rockin` Good Way 02:15
14. Everything Will Be Alright 02:25
15. Lost 02:23
16. No More Doggin` 02:38
17. No More Doggin` 02:16
18. I Wanna Be The Only One 02:48
19. Mustang 01:47
20. I`ll Come Runnin` 02:11
21. A Lonely Soldier 02:53
22. Baby, Let Me Love You Tonight 02:40
23. You`re Looking Good 02:07
24. I`ll Come Runnin` 02:11
25. I Beg Of You 02:26
26. Mr. Big Wheel 02:03
27. Be Mine 02:36
28. That`s A Good Idea 02:25

Disc 7

Track Listing — Disc 7

Song Title Time
1. At The Party 02:10
2. Cops And Robbers 02:16
3. Welcome Stranger 02:38
4. As Sure As I Live 02:27
5. Dance On, Little Girl 01:59
6. Baby, I`m Not Over You Yet 02:24
7. It`s Really Real 02:05
8. Tear For Fear 02:01
9. Move And Groove 02:12
10. Whatever You Want 02:21
11. Shook Up Over You 02:44
12. Shakin` Fit 02:16
13. Do Somethin` Baby 02:22
14. Please Don`t Go 02:08
15. I Don`t Want To Hear It Anymore 03:03
16. It Hurts To Be In Love 02:26
17. Make Up Your Mind 02:28
18. Gonna Take A Journey 02:07
19. Ain`t That Loving You, Baby? 02:48
20. Whisper Of The Wind 02:28
21. Here Alone 02:20
22. I Love You Always 02:45
23. In Your Heart (You Know I`m Right) 02:07
24. It`s Not Unusual 02:13
25. I`m Gonna Be Ready 02:33
26. The Whoo Pee 02:11
27. I Can`t Stand To See You Cry 02:42
28. Just For You 02:33

Disc 8

Track Listing — Disc 8

Song Title Time
1. Big Mr. Heartbreaker 02:24
2. Jerry (I`m Your Sherry) 02:34
3. Hello, Trouble 01:45
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 01:50
5. Bachelor Man 02:01
6. Jealous Eyes 01:48
7. Second Best 02:29
8. S. P. C. L. G. (Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Little Girls) 02:50
9. Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby 02:42
10. Love Kitten 02:31
11. Hey, Monkey 02:14
12. Watch Over Her 02:33
13. Rockin` Robin 02:23
14. Dreamin` Of You 02:33
15. You Made A Fool Of Me 02:26
16. A Spanish Boy 02:21
17. Get Behind Me Devil 02:26
18. Farmer John 02:00
19. Double Dare 02:34
20. One Girl, One Boy 02:15
21. Snow Man 02:43
22. Shoop Shoop De Doop, Rama Lama 01:58
23. Good Old Days 02:36
24. You`re The Apple Of My Eye 02:18
25. Bring Your Lovin` 02:26
26. Dream For Sale 02:27
27. Unless You Care 02:00
28. Lost Summer Love 02:24
29. How I Wish You Came 02:09
30. Big Boss Man 03:01

Disc 9

Track Listing — Disc 9

Song Title Time
1. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray 02:47
2. This May Be My Last Time 02:04
3. Prayer For Tomorrow 02:42
4. Sinner`s Crossroads 03:10
5. Uncloudy Day 02:57
6. Sinner Man 03:09
7. Let Me Ride (Swing Down Chariot) 02:39
8. Motherless Child 03:06
9. If Jesus Came To Your House 03:17
10. The Road Home 03:16
11. Oh Mary, Don`t You Weep 02:47
12. Leave You In The Hands Of The Lord 02:46
13. So Soon 02:17
14. Operator 02:29
15. God Has Not Promised 02:57
16. Wade In The Water 03:04
17. What Will Tomorrow Bring? 03:58
18. I Can See Everybody`s Mother 02:08
19. He Lives 02:20
20. Surely God Is Able 02:15
21. Walk With Me 02:35
22. Camp Meeting 03:04
23. I`m Journeying On 01:49
24. Precious Lord 03:46
25. Jesus Is The Answer 02:40
26. Nobody But You 02:37

Disc 10

Track Listing — Disc 10

Song Title Time
1. Mack The Knife 04:24
2. Just In Time 03:32
3. Joe`s Avenue 02:52
4. On Green Dolphin Street 03:28
5. Runnin` 04:19
6. Doing That Thing (Double Stopping) 03:58
7. I Only Have Eyes For You (Live) 02:57
8. Whispering Bossa Nova 06:51
9. I Got Rhythm 06:05
10. Streets Of Laredo 04:05
11. Love For Sale 03:58
12. Love Letters (Live) 05:08
13. Cousin Mary 04:40
14. Zarac, The Evil One 05:14
15. Hazing 03:33
16. Fat Lady 05:02
17. Juggin` Around 06:29