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Anthology
     

Anthology

by The Dells
 
The Dells were one of the few groups that rode the transition from doo wop to smooth soul without missing a beat and without falling off the charts. Just as remarkably, the group did so without declining much in quality, as Hip-O's definitive double-disc Anthology proves. Throughout these 36 tracks, the music changes, from street-corner R&B to string-drenched

Overview

The Dells were one of the few groups that rode the transition from doo wop to smooth soul without missing a beat and without falling off the charts. Just as remarkably, the group did so without declining much in quality, as Hip-O's definitive double-disc Anthology proves. Throughout these 36 tracks, the music changes, from street-corner R&B to string-drenched disco-soul, but in all their incarnations, the Dells always sound wonderful. There are a handful of minor hits missing, but all the big singles -- including both the Vee-Jay and Cadet versions of "Oh, What a Nite" and "Stay in My Corner" -- are here, assembled chronologically. As such, it tells an epic story of a group whose history mirrored the story of R&B vocal groups from the '50s through the '70s. The latter-day material may pale somewhat in comparison to the band's early classics, but it holds up well against other '70s soul. The final cut, the group's surprise 1991 hit "A Heart Is a House for Love" -- their contribution to Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, which was a loose tribute to the Dells themselves -- illustrates that the group sounded terrific well into their third decade of performing, which is a true sign of greatness. Anthology is a testament to their greatness, offering solid proof that they were one of the greatest vocal R&B groups of their time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731454510622
catalogNumber:
545106
Rank:
4090

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dells   Primary Artist
Charles Stepney   Conductor
Tom Tom 84   Conductor
Rays   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Orchestration
Dells   Producer
George Duke   Producer
Eugene Record   Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Chuck Barksdale   Producer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Eli Fontaine   Producer
Norman Harris   Arranger
Ron Kersey   Arranger
James Mitchell   Arranger
Jimmy Roach   Arranger
Rudy Robinson   Arranger
Charles Stepney   Arranger
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Arranger,Producer
Tom Tom 84   Arranger
Harry Weinger   Producer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Bobby Miller   Producer
Dana Smart   Producer
Rays   Producer
Laura Graven   Art Direction
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Harris Machine   Producer
Carl Davis   Producer
Roger Joyce   Composer

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