Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Go Ahead and Burn!

Bobby Moore's Rhythm Aces Featuring Chico - Go Ahead And Burn

In the latter half of the sixties Chess Records hooked up with the legendary Muscle Shoals producer Rick Hall and his FAME studio to bring some fresh blood to the Chess soul catalogue. Bobby Moore and his group, the Rhythm Aces, was the first act to record in Muscle Shoals for Chess and they hit the first time out with the classic "Searching For My Love." The 1966 smash, anchored by an attractive mid-tempo groove and vocalist Chico Jenkins' aching lead, prompted Chess to give Rick Hall more business, most notably in the form of Etta James, whose "Tell Mama" gave her a hit after a lull in her career. Moore and the group would hit again with the derivative follow-up single "Try My Love Again" (for which the band's name was listed as shown above to give Chico star billing), and Chess would release two more singles and an album on the group with diminishing returns before cutting Moore loose in 1970.

Today's selection was the flip to "Try My Love Again". "Go Ahead And Burn" shows off the group's jazz and R&B roots with a great rhythm, fun group-chanted lyrics, and hot sax solos, presumably from Moore.

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