The Checkmates, LTD Featuring Sonny Charles - Love Is All We Have To Give

Performer: The Checkmates, LTD Featuring Sonny Charles

Title: The Checkmates, LTD Featuring Sonny Charles

Track Listing:







1.Proud Mary (J. Fogerty) - Checkmates Ltd. - 4:30 

Spanish Harlem (P. Spector, J. Leiber) - Checkmates Ltd. - 3:17 

Black Pearl (P. Spector, T. Wine, I. Levine) - Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, Ltd., Checkmates Ltd. - 3:25

I Keep Forgettin' (Leiber, Stoller, Garfield) - Checkmates Ltd. - 3.03 

Love Is All I Have to Give (P. Spector, B. Stevens) - Checkmates Ltd. - 4:13 

Hair Anthology Suite (G. Ragni, J. Rado, G. MacDermot)

Ain't Got No/I Got Life: Prelude/Theme/Postlude - Checkmates Ltd., 

I Got Life - Checkmates Ltd. 

Let the Sunshine (Overture) - Checkmates Ltd. 

Aquarius - Checkmates Ltd. 

Let the Sunshine in/Ain't Got No (Finale) - Checkmates Ltd. 


A classic bit of baroque soul by the Checkmates Ltd -- and one of the most unusual Phil Spector productions of all time! Sonny Charles and The Checkmates were a soul group that had been knocking around for a few years before the set -- singing in a strong blend of rocking styles that made them a crowd-pleaser on the live circuit of the 60s. But for this set, the group really took things to a whole new level -- working with Spector in the studio to craft a complicated set of tunes that really takes them way way past their roots. Side one features some shorter, straighter soul tunes -- including "Love Is All I Have To Give", "Spanish Harlem, "I Keep Forgettin", and "Black Pearl" -- but side two is really wonderful -- and has the group performing the "Hair Anthology Suite" -- based around tracks from the Galt MacDermot score to the musical Hair -- all filtered through the genius talents of Spector. Thanks should also be given to arrangers Dee Barton and Perry Botkin Jr, whose baroque arrangements further help to make the album a gem!

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