Live Experience II

The Live Experience II

by The Rance Allen Group
     
 
The Rance Allen Group's album The Live Experience II may have been released in early 2011, but its musical style sounds like something from about 35 years earlier. "RAG" (as the name is abbreviated in big letters on the album cover) was in its heyday in the '70s, and its music still recalls the R&B of that period,

Overview

The Rance Allen Group's album The Live Experience II may have been released in early 2011, but its musical style sounds like something from about 35 years earlier. "RAG" (as the name is abbreviated in big letters on the album cover) was in its heyday in the '70s, and its music still recalls the R&B of that period, especially the music of the Philadelphia International Records groups and Earth, Wind & Fire. The history of the Allen Group is recounted in a woman's spoken introduction, after which "We Care a Lot," sounding like something Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes could have sung, follows. Allen and his brothers add to the experience by bringing in guest stars including Shirley Caesar, Called II Worship, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Paul Porter. They even like to borrow song titles from the '70s, though the actual songs are their originals: "Love Train" is not the O'Jays song, and "United We Stand" is not the Brotherhood of Man hit. The preaching is kept relatively to a minimum on this live album, although Porter gives some testimony on the nine-and-a-half minute "Love Train." But Rance Allen does feel called to speak during the 11-minute "Hear My Voice." Thinking back to RAG's glory days, he recalls the brothers turning up late to the airport to fly to California for the Wattstax concert, and finding that the airplane had already taken off. But after they prayed, an announcement was made to the effect that the plane was returning to the airport because of malfunctioning toilets. A coincidence? "Stop giving your miracles up to coincidence," Allen scolds. In fact, he explains, God sent his angels to break the toilets, and then He caused all of the passengers to have to go to the bathroom at the same time, all so that RAG could make it to Wattstax. Truly, the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Tyscot Records
UPC:
0014998419027
catalogNumber:
984190
Rank:
36499

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rance Allen   Primary Artist
Lloyd Barry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Valve Trombone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Chris Byrd   Piano,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Rebecca Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Nicholas Allen   Drums
Gordon Henry   Bass
James Jones   Piano,Keyboards
Sheila Brown   Choir, Chorus
Jackie McGhee   Choir, Chorus
Gloria Brown   Choir, Chorus
Myrna Allen Austin   Choir, Chorus
Courtney Dwight   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Robert Greenlee   Background Vocals
Calvin "Tubb Young" Frazier   Lead
Steven Hunter   Trombone
Terry Faison   Lead
Ernest Rodgers   Alto Saxophone
Brittney Byrd   Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Byrd   Choir, Chorus
Amy N. Hancock   Choir, Chorus
Annie Ford   Choir, Chorus
Angelo Brown   Choir, Chorus
Jacob Bates   Choir, Chorus
Shaquan Blunt   Choir, Chorus
Lito Mendez   Choir, Chorus
Krystal Mendez   Choir, Chorus
Loretta Dwight   Choir, Chorus
Selina Perryman   Choir, Chorus
Tai-Sha Danielle Sparks   Choir, Chorus
Thomalisa Allen   Choir, Chorus
Teresa Allen   Choir, Chorus
Whitney Brown   Choir, Chorus
Marquita Hardison   Choir, Chorus
Joyce Allen   Choir, Chorus
Joyce Rush   Choir, Chorus
Susan a. Taylor   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Hollowell   Background Vocals
Tawann Gaston   Background Vocals
Jurney   Overdubs
Cynthia Snodgrass   Choir, Chorus
Patreece Applewhite   Choir, Chorus
Debbie Hamilton   Choir, Chorus
Brianna Byrd   Choir, Chorus
Briana Mendez   Choir, Chorus
Cecilia Chapman   Choir, Chorus
Tina Franklin   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Rance Allen   Composer,Producer
Frederick Knight   Composer
Lloyd Barry   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Chris Byrd   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming
Tom Allen   Composer
Prentice Anderson   Composer
Steve Allen   Composer
Melanie Scott   Art Direction
James Jones   Engineer
Courtney Dwight   Engineer,drum programming
Leonard S. Scott   Executive Producer
Robert Campbell   Engineer
Bryant S. Scott   Executive Producer
Syril Day   Visuals
Carmen Day   Visuals
Robin Oliver   Art Direction

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