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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Detroit-born singer, pianist, and guitarist Rance Allen, along with his brothers Steve and Tom Allen, made clear the gospel roots of soul with these impressive tracks recorded between 1971 and 1975 for Stax Records and the Stax imprints Gospel Truth and Truth. With his jaw-dropping multi-octave vocals, which could soar into an ether-ionizing high falsetto, Rance never recorded a note that didn't seem to brim with joy, even when he works around the blues form like he does here on "What Is This?," and along with the solid musicianship of his brothers, the Rance Allen Group pioneered a truly American mix of gospel, soul, jazz, and blues. This generous set (it tops 75 minutes...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Detroit-born singer, pianist, and guitarist Rance Allen, along with his brothers Steve and Tom Allen, made clear the gospel roots of soul with these impressive tracks recorded between 1971 and 1975 for Stax Records and the Stax imprints Gospel Truth and Truth. With his jaw-dropping multi-octave vocals, which could soar into an ether-ionizing high falsetto, Rance never recorded a note that didn't seem to brim with joy, even when he works around the blues form like he does here on "What Is This?," and along with the solid musicianship of his brothers, the Rance Allen Group pioneered a truly American mix of gospel, soul, jazz, and blues. This generous set (it tops 75 minutes in length) includes the best of the group's Stax-era sides, including the hits "I Belong to You" (which eerily presages contemporary urban soul) and the beautiful David Porter-penned "Ain't No Need of Crying," as well as another Porter composition, "Ring My Bell," and a joyous, stomping cover of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head," where Rance's vocal soars up into the high atmosphere at the end of lines as if it had wings. An upbeat, bubbling set that is sure to chase the blues all the way back to Georgia, or wherever the blues comes from these days.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 025218861922
  • Catalog Number: 8619
  • Sales rank: 58,340

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rance Allen Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Lead
Steve Allen Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Ray Griffin Bass
Willie Hall Percussion, Drums
Bobby Manuel Guitar
David Pruitt Guitar
Lester Snell Keyboards
Romeo Williams Bass
Al Jackson Jr. Percussion
Esau Allen Conga
Annie Mendez Background Vocals
Judy Mendez Background Vocals
Linda Mendez Background Vocals
Tom Allen Drums, Background Vocals
Phillip Wilson Percussion
Ronnie Williams Keyboards
Tom Allen Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Romeo Williams Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Rance Allen Composer, rhythm arrangement
James Cleveland Composer
The Dave Clark Five Producer
Frederick Knight Composer
Al Bell Producer
Henry Cosby Arranger, Producer
David Porter Composer, Producer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Benjamin F. Wright Arranger
Deanie Parker Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Ronnie Williams Producer
Joe May Composer
Dave Clark Audio Production
S. Allen Composer
Toby Jackson Audio Production
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