Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cadillac Records from the Vault


Sitting here watching BET. Hey I did a review on this one.. From the Vault...Picks to Click and Picks to Nit To make a good movie requires some simplification, I suppose. If it is the kind of simplification that distills things to the essential - it improves on what is real but possible to overlook; so I won’t quibble with the fact that Phil Chess never exists in “Cadillac Records.” But other quibbling will this way come.The movie tells a good story and gets at many of the critical elements of the blues in Chicago in America in the 1950s, which is certainly worthy of motion picture treatment. So understand that. But see that it does so without dealing with the fact that Chess was run by the Chess brothers. The film says ‘so long’ to Phil Chess and focuses on Leonard Chess, who by most accounts was in fact the determined driving force behind Chess Records, the fabled label of Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James and many others. Ok. Need to go further. My friend Sunnyland Slim introduced Muddy to Chess Studios.. but his character doesnt show up here. Read more. Jack Vaughan, 2009

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