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Chess Set Still Sings The Blues: Marshall Chess and Chess Records

James Maycock, Daily Telegraph, 1998

JUST OVER 50 YEARS AGO, brothers Phil and Leonard Chess, two industrious Polish immigrants in Chicago, tentatively established what would become the most famous blues label in the USA. The impact of the music they released radically shaped the musical landscape of the next two decades. The Chess Story: 1947-1975, a new 15-CD box-set, is a hefty testament to their huge legacy. Marshall Chess, Leonard's son, is a passionate advocate of the label. Describing the box-set today, he admits, "It makes me so proud to be a Chess!"

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