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One In A Million ~ The Songs Of Sam Dees Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B00HS95HUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My World- Sam Dees
2. Stop This Merry-Go-Round - John Edwards
3. Girl Overboard - Dorothy Moore
4. Seconds (Of Your Love) - Johnnie Taylor
5. Your Love Is Like A Boomerang - Corey Blake
6. A Woman's Way - Rozetta Johnson
7. Vanishing Love (UK Remix) - The Chi-Lites
8. Cry To Me - Esther Phillips
9. Standing In The Wings Of A Heartache - Ted Taylor
10. Just As Soon As The Feeling's Over - Jackie Wilson
11. Changes - Clarence Carter
12. I Betcha Didn't Know That - Frederick Knight
13. Run To Me - Sidney Joe Qualls
14. Mess On Your Hands (Edited Version) - Millie Jackson
15. Good Guys Don't Always Win - Ray Crumley
16. So Your Love Finally Ran Out (For Me) - Les Mccann
17. The Show Must Go On - Loleatta Holloway
18. What A Way To Put It - The Temptations
19. Spoiled By Your Love - Anita Ward
20. Where Did We Go Wrong - L.T.D
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Admired by discerning soul fans as a singer and a writer, it is Sam Dees compositions which have earned him the greatest admiration of his peer group singers and musicians over the last 40 years, interpreted by some of the biggest-selling artists in black American music. Few deserve to be a part of Ace/Kent's Songwriter Series more than Sam Dees. Named in honour of his million-selling, chart-topping hit for ex-Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham, One In A Million offers a selection of his songbook from the early 70s to the mid 80s. It includes many of his biggest and best-known songs from that timeframe plus several great obscurities that deserve to be as well known. At least half of the tracks here are making their UK CD debut. Artists who recorded Sam's songs in the mid 70s, such as John Edwards and Loleatta Holloway, enhanced their own reputations by association with his material, and those established stars who recorded his copyrights later on, such as Gladys Knight and the Pips or Esther Phillips boosted their catalogues no end by doing so. His own mighty voice can be heard on My World an all-time fan favourite from the mid 70s and as an uncredited accompanist to Esther Phillips on her version of Cry To Me . It's not easy to distil a catalogue of this calibre into one representative 22-track CD, but Kent are sure that this one will tick all the boxes for devotees. If you would like to hear more from his catalogue you can also find 48 further songs, sung by the man himself, on CDKEND 125 (Second To None) and CDKEND 161 (The Heritage Of A Black Man).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By almost slim on 7 April 2014
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He can do it all- a very soulful singer and one of the best songwriters. For the best of his performing you need to get the CD The Show Must Go On. One in a Million only has one song sung by Sam- My World but this is one of the best soul ballads ever recorded full stop. The rest of the CD is interpretations of his compositions by various artists - 21 in total. Highlights are Dorothy Moore - Girl Overboard, The Chi-lites - Vanishing Love, Ester Phillips- Cry to Me, Jackie Wilson- As Soon as the Feeling Over, Clarence Carter- Changes, Millie Jackson- Mess on your Hands, Les McCann- So Your Love Finally Ran Out, Gladys Knight and the Pips- Save the Overtime, and finally Larry Graham- One in a Million You. In truth there is not a dud on the CD and if well written and produced soul is what you are looking for this CD is the answer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Macdonald on 15 Mar. 2014
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A great compilation, carrying on Tony Rounce's exemplary series of CDs for Kent. I first picked up 'The Show Must Go On' LP in a discards basket in the mid 1970s for about 25p. It sparked my interest in Sam as a composer and singer and it has been wonderful to see him gradually gain some kind of recognition and success, writing some million seller for the likes of Whitney Houston and having 2 CDs worth of powerful demos released. As with most of Rounce's releases it combines a few hits, some obscurities and some versions of well known songs that I have never heard. of. Ben E King's ghreat treatments get a mention but not a place, and, as Rounce acknowledges, the drearded drum machine makes an entry on a few of the later tracks but overall this is a very fine release, I look forward to the next in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent must-have for soul fans! Sam Dees is a genius. 13 Jun. 2014
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
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"One in a Million - The Songs of Sam Dees" hit parade (peak national soul and pop positions):

Larry Graham "One in a Million You" (1980) #1 soul (2 wks) / #9 pop
Gladys Knight & the Pips "Save the Overtime (for Me)" [1983] #1 soul (1 wk) / #61 pop
L.T.D. "Where Did We Go Wrong" (1980) #7 soul / #76 pop
Frederick Knight "I Betcha Didn't Know That" (1975) #27 soul/ #135 pop
Rozetta Johnson "A Woman's Way" (1970) #39 soul / #94 pop
John Edwards "Stop This Merry-Go-Round" (1973) #45 soul / #128 pop
The Chi-Lites "Vanishing Love" (1977) #95 soul

The collection of vocal talent on this disc is astounding. General followers of the pop and soul music scene back in the day will instantly recognize the great Jackie Wilson, Esther Phillips, Johnnie Taylor, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Temptations (with Dennis Edwards's lead vocals), Clarence Carter, Millie Jackson, the Chi-Lites, and L.T.D. with Jeffrey Osborne. Larry Graham, the amazingly innovative bassist with Sly & the Family Stone, who went on to front his own group Graham Central Station, is known especially for his mellow baritone delivery on the biggest hit Sam Dees has ever had as a songwriter, the 1980 million-selling crossover smash ballad "One in a Million You." The other singer here widely known for a single vocal performance is Anita Ward, whose "Ring My Bell" (definitely not written by Dees) became a multi-chart-topping disco classic (if that's not too much of an oxymoron) in 1979. In this collection we have the Dees-penned "Spoiled by Your Love" beauty of a B-side of her forgotten "Ring My Bell" follow-up single. Ward is a mesmerizing singer with a light-as-air Deniece Williams-like soprano, but one that is as charmingly fluttery and quivery as Williams's is clear and soaring. It's likely that disco fans would also know Loleatta Holloway, but here while still in pre-disco mode (1975) she interprets one of the most classic, little-known (although it was the title song of his Atlantic LP), emotive Dees ballads, "The Show Must Go On." The more assiduous soul fans will easily recognize the almost impossibly high tenor voice and note-bending style of Ted Taylor; the deep-soul stylings of Dorothy Moore; the rangy and versatile voice of John Edwards, who became the lead singer of the Spinners in 1977; and the sometime Sam Dees writing and producing partner, Frederick Knight, whose shimmering, insistently tuneful "I Betcha Didn't Know That" was a mid-'70s favorite of mine.

As a soul fan myself since the early 1960s, I was surprised that I only knew four of the songs on this 22-track disc (which, by the way, has a running time of 79:57! -- that's right: two whole seconds go unused) from their initial runs. Frankly, I was having trouble staying with soul radio as the '70s progressed, due to the influx of dance-funk and disco which were crowding out real soul music. This is why Sam Dees is such a hero to me. He refused to compromise his musical and lyrical genius on anything less than the real deal. He wasn't afraid to against the commercial tide (of mediocrity), and thus has earned long-lasting respect in the business.

Getting back to the artists, there are three revelations for me among those I didn't know at all: Sidney Joe Qualls is not only an Al Green contemporary, he was close to being a dead vocal ringer for him on "Run to Me" from 1975. The unknown Ray Crumley (maybe a name change would have helped) is one of the finest "blue-eyed" soul singers I have ever heard, based on "Good Guys Don't Always Win" from 1976. His powerful, smoky tenor is something to behold. And finally, Tuscaloosan Rozetta Johnson's début disc launched Birmingham, Alabama's Clintone label and gave hometowner Dees his first hit as writer/co-producer with her knock-out take on the grooving-and-rapping female-fidelity song "A Woman's Way." As you can see from the above "hit-parade" list, it was not a major national hit, and I don't know where it received airplay in the States in late 1970. (I was living in France at the time and had no chance of hearing it; but thanks to this Kent Soul CD, I can now hear it for the first time 43 and a half years later!) The lyrics may have been out of step with the contemporaneous women's liberation movement, but it's irresistibly catchy and Ms. Johnson sang it like someone with unlimited potential. She later became a gospel singer, and according to the liner notes, remained a performer "right up until her death" in 2011.

Said liner notes comprehensively cover every track and are part of a 16-page booklet with full-color ephemera on every page. Every song is graphically represented by some kind of record picture sleeve, record label repro, or promotional poster. Tony Rounce has done it again with this superb compilation and his highly informative liner notes. And since this is the Kent Soul division of Ace Records [UK], the sound mastering is top-of-the-line as always.
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Five Stars 22 July 2014
By Dr. S. Shurville - Published on Amazon.com
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