If you had to sweat all of 's early albums on Chess (and some, but not all, of his subsequent greatest-hits packages), this would be the one to own. The song lineup is exemplary, cobbling together classics like 'Maybellene,' 'Carol,' 'Sweet Little Rock & Roller,' 'Little Queenie,' 'Roll Over Beethoven,' 'Around and Around,' 'Johnny B. Goode,' and 'Almost Grown.' With the addition of the Latin-flavored 'Hey Pedro,' the steel guitar workout 'Blues for Hawaiians,' 'Anthony Boy,' and 'Jo Jo Gunne,' this serves as almost a mini-greatest-hits package in and of itself. While this may be merely a collection of singles and album ballast (as were most rock & roll LPs of the 1950s and early '60s), it ends up being the most perfectly realized of 's career.
Chess Album Discography, Part 1 (1956-1965) Chess Album Discography, Part 1 LP-1425 to LPS-1553 and CHV-400 Vintage Series by David Edwards, Mike Callahan, and Randy Watts Last update: April 3, 2009 The original Chess LP series started with LP-1425 and included albums on both the Chess and the Checker labels. After 1437, the series was used exclusively for the Chess label; the Checker label switched to a 2970 series. A note about label design changes. Label design changes are a messy operation, not usually a clean break between one design and a newer one from one album number to the next. Often, the old label blanks are used until they are depleted. Sometimes, when several pressing plants are used, some run out later than others, so we see things like the first black label showing up on LP-1500, when two label changes have already occurred since then.
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In the case of Chess, Checker, and Argo, different color labels with the first design were used, often for the same album, so for instance 'original pressings' of a Chess album might show up with either a blue or a black label. And of course, newer labels often show up on older albums. This is more easily explained by later pressings of an album still in print.
For all these reasons, it is hard to pinpoint when a new label starts for a company like Chess. Certainly the orange GRT label on a 1962 album indicates a later pressing or a reissue, but in looking at the 1960s labels, as we say, it's messy, and it's why we usually say, 'about this point, the label changes.'
Those albums for which we have reason to believe were issued in mono only are listed with the mono ('LP-') prefix. Those for which we have indication of a stereo issue are listed with their stereo prefix ('LPS-'). For those where we do not have information on stereo issue, we have used an asterisk in the prefix (LP*-') [obviously the asterisk was not in the original label number]. Many of the early albums were reissued later, using the later label styles. Some albums were reissued in electronic stereo. We have listed the albums' stereo availability when first issued. We know of no albums originally issued in mono only that were subsequently reissued in true stereo; Chess was notoriously prone to rechanneled stereo, both before and after the sale to GRT.