Back at the Chicken Shack

Back at the Chicken Shack is an album by Jimmy Smith. It was recorded in 1960 and released in 1963 on the Blue Note label. Smith recorded the album in the same session as his previous album Midnight Special. Fittingly, he wears the same red shirt on both album covers. It was cited in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[4]

Back at the Chicken Shack
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 12, 1963
RecordedApril 25, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreJazz, soul jazz, hard bop
Length43:35 (CD), 37:50 (LP)
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Jimmy Smith chronology
Midnight Special
Back at the Chicken Shack
Straight Life
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Down Beat
(Original LP release)
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[3]

Track listingEdit

Side 1
1."Back at the Chicken Shack"Jimmy Smith8:01
2."When I Grow Too Old to Dream"Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg9:54
Side 2
3."Minor Chant"Stanley Turrentine7:30
4."Messy Bessie"Smith12:25
Total length:37:50
1987 CD Reissue (US & Europe)
5."On the Sunny Side of the Street"Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh5:45
Total length:43:35




  1. ^ Back at the Chicken Shack at AllMusic
  2. ^ Down Beat: April 11, 1963 vol. 30, no. 9
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1312. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.