…the concept of this disc, the choice of music and the performances make this an interesting contribution to the growing Vivaldi discography.
…The orchestral sound, as always with La Serenissima, achieves bright attractiveness and vivacity without feeling the need to pursue the taut energy of some other groups.
This 20-track CD is the only collection that has all of his most popular recordings, from "Duke of Earl" through his soul hits for Constellation, Vee Jay, Brunswick, Checker, Mercury, and Chi-Sound, spanning 1962 to 1980 (all but three tracks were released before 1968). Some fans might prefer The Duke of Earl, which focuses on his Vee Jay years, but this has a much wider breadth, and includes "Groovy Situation." Curtis Mayfield wrote eight of the songs, although they frankly don't fully measure up to the Chicago soul he was writing for his own group, the Impressions, at the time.
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Best known for his hit "Duke of Earl," Gene Chandler was one of the giants of Chicago soul. This set collects the singles, all three albums, and assorted 45 B-sides that Chandler recorded late in his career for Carl Davis' Chicago-based Chi-Sound Records label between 1978 and 1982, all featuring a sweet, smooth modern urban soul sound that was more refined than his early work, and every bit as memorable.