The Live Experience II

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Tyscot Records
  • UPC: 014998419027
  • Catalog Number: 984190
  • Sales rank: 30,534

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rance Allen Group Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Lloyd Barry Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone
The 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, Mastering
Tom Allen Composer
Prentice Anderson Composer
Steve Allen Composer
Melanie Scott Art Direction
James Jones Engineer
Courtney Dwight Engineer, drum programming
Dr. Leonard S. Scott Executive Producer
Robert Campbell III Engineer
Bryant S. Scott Executive Producer
Syril Day Visuals
Carmen Day Visuals
Robin Oliver Art Direction
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