"Rescue Me" might have been her only big hit, but Fontella Bass
was a terrific gospel-influenced soul vocalist who cut several great sides for Checker/Chess Records in the mid-'60s. They might not have gotten the attention they deserved when they were released, but they have held up very well over the years. Rescued: The Best of Fontella Bass
collects sixteen of her finest tracks, including "Rescue Me," three duets with Bobby McClure
, and a previously unreleased song; it makes a convincing case that she should have had more hit singles than she did.