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When looking at the list of Chess recordings contained in this box set I'm still amazed at how many great records and great artists were recorded, produced, released and promoted by my family. Chess Records was one of if not the most important record label of all time. Chess helped shape the sound of Rock and Roll as well as influencing the sound of all popular music. This set clearly represents some of the best music to come out on the Chess labels.

- Marshall Chess - 2010
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There are only a handful of record labels that can claim to have changed the course of popular music. Chess Records is one of them. Responsible for signing and developing some of the greatest names in music, such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf, Chess provided the blueprint for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones helping set the fundamental foundation stone for pop as we know it.

Not only did Chess lay the template for rock'n'roll, releasing what is widely considered to be the first ever rock'n'roll record, 1951's 'Rocket 88' by Jackie Brenston they are also responsible for kick-starting the British blues and beat boom the following decade. For without Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and others there would be no Rolling Stones, who were so in awe of the label and its stars that they named themselves after the Muddy Waters tune of the same name and took a pilgrimage to the Chess recording studios to record their 'Five By Five' EP and pay homage to the bluesmen that had inspired their group's early sound.

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