This is part of Chess Records' 50th Anniversary series.
Personnel: Little Milton (vocals, guitar); The Gems, The Radiants (vocals); Gerald Sims, Phil Upchurch, Cash McCall (guitar); George Patterson (saxophone); Lawrence Taylor, Oliver Sain (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); James Carr, Ben Branch (tenor saxophone); Robert "Sax" Crowder (baritone saxophone); Larry Prothe, Murray Watson, David Hines , Joe Campbell (trumpet); John Watson (trombone); Floyd Morris, Fontella Bass, Tom Washington, Leonard Caston, Sonny Thompson , Charles Stepney (piano); Donny Hathaway (keyboards); Ira Gates, Jerry Walker, Maurice Jennings, Maurice White (drums).
Recording information: Chicago, IL (??/??/1961-11/14/1969).
Photographer: Mary Katherine Aldin.
Little Milton did a lot of hopping around during his career, from label to label and from style to style. Milton's early Sun sides are raw and eclectic, and his later albums, recorded at Stax and Malaco, were heavy with string arrangements, but the six years he spent at Chess in the 1960s were his steadiest. Milton found his signature style there--a fusion of blues and soul that brought together the influences of B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland, while still leaving space for Milton's own impassioned singing and guitar playing. Part of Chess Records' 50th Anniversary Series, GREATEST HITS is a definitive collection of Milton's work for the label.
The smash hit "We're Gonna Make It," which leads off this set, is the perfect example of the polished, soulful R&B sound of Milton's Chess tenure, complete with meticulous horn arrangements and clean production. While straightforward blues is still on order, as on the gritty "So Mean to Me," the more pop-minded tunes really stand out. For example, "Who's Cheating Who?," the soulfully wrenching "Let Me Down Easy," and Milton's version of Bland's "Blind Man," were among his most artistically and commercially successful. GREATEST HITS is the perfect one-stop introduction to this stylistically savvy artist.