Ultimate Collection - (Import CD)
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- Chicago Soul
- Mono / Stereo
The Dells: Marvin Junior, Johnny Carter, Mickey McGill, Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale (vocals).
Producers includes: Bob Miller, Charles Stepney, Chuck Barksdale, Don Davis, The Harris Machine.
Compilation producers: Harry Weinger.
Recorded betweem 1968 & 1991. Includes liner notes by H.W.
With a Motown flair, sweet Chicago harmonies, and sparse string arrangements that prefigured the Philly sound, the Dells reached the pop charts in every decade from the 1950s through the 1990s, a feat only equaled by the great James Brown. Originally a doo wop group, the Dells had hits in the 1950s with "Oh What a Night" and "Stay in My Corner," then placed both songs in the charts again with re-recorded versions (the versions that are included here) on the Chess-owned Cadet label at the end of the 1960s. Undisputed masters of the slow jam ballad, the group exploits the oil and water textures of Marvin Junior's gruff, hard soul voice set against the soaring high tenor of Johnny Carter, and the steady emotional tension this brings to songs like "Stay in My Corner" is textbook Chicago soul. This collection pulls together all their biggest hits, including "A Heart Is a House for Love," the theme song for Robert Townsend's film The Five Heartbeats. The inclusion of the latter song gives this release a slight edge over the single-disc On Their Corner compilation from 1992, but the double-disc Anthology (also on Hip-O) from 1999 is still the most comprehensive look at this elegant vocal group. ~ Steve Leggett
- Ultimate Collection
- Country of Origin
- Studio / Live
- The Dells
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Stay in My Corner
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] There Is
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] O-O I Love You
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Always Together
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Oh, What a Night
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Can Sing A Rainbow / Love Is Blue
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Oh, What a Day
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Open up My Heart
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Love We Had, The (Stays on My Mind)
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] My Pretending Days Are Over
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I Miss You
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Learning to Love You Was Easy
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] We Got to Get Our Thing Together
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Our Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Super Woman
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] I Touched a Dream
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Heart Is a House For Love, A
- Universal Distribution
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