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Dr. Joseph Lee
- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 2 CD set, released by Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains 44 songs, covering their career from 1954 - 1961.
To me, it is essential for any purchaser to know the contents of the CD before one can make a wise purchase. Although Amazon.com did provide a song listing, to help you with your purchasing decision, I have compiled a much more detailed track listing (including singles label, number, year & chart position, with personal comments) which is as follows (a-side in capital letters; Pop=Billboard Hot 100; R&B=Rhythm & Blues chart):
01 DARLING I KNOW (as El Rays)(Checker 794)(uncharted a-side, 1954)
02 Christine (as El Rays)(Checker 794)(b-side, 1954)
03 Darling I Know (as El Rays)(faster version)*rare gem; not previously released; CD debut.
04 So Long (Willie Dixon with the El Rays as background vocals)*rare gem; not previously released; CD debut; thank you for the thoroughness.
05 TELL THE WORLD (Vee-Jay 134)(uncharted a-side, 1955)*b-side, Blues at Three belonged to another artist, Count Morris.
06 I Can't Help Myself*rare gem; not previously released; CD debut.
07 Zing, Zing, Zing (Vee-Jay 166)(b-side, 1955)
08 DREAMS OF CONTENTMENT (Vee-Jay 166)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
09 She's Just An Angel*not previously released; CD debut.
10 OH WHAT A NITE (Vee-Jay 204)(R&B 4/1956) )*first of 2 charted single during the early years.
11 Jo-Jo (Vee-Jay 204)(b-side, 1956)
12 Kneel And Pray (Now I Pray)*previously not released; CD debut.
13 Baby Do*previously not released; CD debut.
14 I Wanna Go Home (Vee Jay 230)(b-side, 1956)
15 MOVIN' ON (Vee-Jay 230)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
16 WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GO (Vee-Jay 236)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
17 Dance, Dance, Dance (Vee-Jay 236)(b-side, 1957)
18 O-BOP, SHE-BOP (Vee-Jay 251)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
19 A Distant Love (Vee-Jay 251)(b-side, 1957)
20 Time Makes You Change (Vee-Jay 258)(b-side, 1957)
21 PAINS IN MY HEART (Vee-Jay 258)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
22 Someone To Call Me Darling*not previously released; CD debut.
01 Time Makes You Change (alternate take)*not previously released; CD debut.
02 WHAT YOU SAY BABY (Vee-Jay 274)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
03 The Springer (Vee-Jay 274)(b-side, 1958)
04 My Dreams*not previously released; CD debut.
05 Come On Baby*not previously released; CD debut.
06 I'M CALLING (Vee-Jay 292)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
07 Jeepers Creepers (Vee-Jay 292)(b-side, 1958)
08 Cherry Bee*not previously released; CD debut.
09 Restless Days Sleepless Nights*not previously released; CD debut
10 Rain*not previously released; CD debut.
11 My Best Girl (Vee-Jay 300)(b-side, 1958)
12 WEDDING DAY (Vee-Jay 300)(uncharted a-side, 1958)
13 Baby, Open Up Your Heart (Vee-Jay 324)(b-side, 1959)
14 DRY YOUR EYES (Vee-Jay 324)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
15 You're Still In My Heart*not previously released; CD debut.
16 SWINGIN' TEENS (Vee-Jay 376)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*in stereo.
17 Don't Tell Nobody (album track: Vee Jay LP 7305)*stereo.
18 Hold On To What You've Got (Vee-Jay 376)(b-side, 1961)
19 Am I Blue - Dinah Washington & The Dells, featuring Marvin Junior*stereo
20 Mood Indigo - Dinah Washington & The Dells*stereo.
21 Wake The Town And Tell The People - Dinah Washington & The Dells*stereo
22 Jeepers Creepers - The Dells with the Quincy Jones Orchestra*stereo
1 If you are looking for the singles for the Dells from 1954 to 1962, I would recommend The Early Years (Acrobat Music, 2014)(my review is found elsewhere). But if you are a collector, this set has many rare unreleased gems, that are making their CD debut.
2 The sound is very well remastered: clean with no hiss. The 3 tracks with Dinah Washington are priceless.
3 There is a 6-page booklet, with an informative essay by David Yeats. The label & number are included.
1 Disc 1: 59 minutes; Disc 2: 54 minutes. Come on, Jasmine Records, you could have made this set much more valuable by including all the 8 songs on Argo label, four of which are found in the Early Years (Acrobat Music).
2 Record labels in UK (like Jasmine, One Day Music, Acrobat, Sepia and Real Gone Music) will reissue songs up to year 1962, probably due to UK Public Domain law. This is really unfortunate, because 4 of the songs on Argo label are found in 1963.
3 There are no chart positions, no picture sleeves, no 45 rpm singles labels. Mind you, this set was released in 2012. Jasmine Records has improved a lot now, including all of the above in current releases in 2014.
COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:
On the Billboard R&B chart, the Dells have 47 charted singles. I have just painstakingly finished a Complete Singles Discography, and found that the Dells have 71 singles from 1954 to 1992 (but only 135 songs, not 142 songs, because 6 were repeat releases and one b-side belonged to another artist, Count Morris). Their labels are: (1) Checker (1954), (2) Vee Jay (1955 - 1961), (3) Argo (1962 - 1963), (4) Vee Jay (1964 - 1965), (5) Cadet (1966 - 1975), (6) Mercury (1975 - 1978), (7) ABC (1978 - 1979), (8) 20th Century (1980), (9) Private I. (1984), (10) Veteran (1989), (11) Virgin (1991), (12) Urgent! (1991), and (13) Philadelphia I. (1992).
To get all the songs, you will need: (1) Dells Early Years (Acrobat, 2014), (2) current set, Time Makes You Change 1954 - 1961 (2CDs by Jasmine Records, 2012), (3) Anthology (2 CDs by Hip-O, 1999), (4) Standing Ovation: Very Best of 1966 - 1981 (2 CDs by Universal, 2007). Fortunately, most of the rest can be found online. Right now, I am only missing 4 songs out of 135 songs.
The Dells is a vocal group from Harvey, Illinois, consisting of Johnny Funches (lead), Marvin Junior (baritone lead), Verne Allison (tenor), Mickey McGill (baritone) and Chuck Barksdale (bass). They have a long and illustrious career, making them one of the only two groups to have R&B hit singles in five different decades. The other group...no: not the Temptations, not Gladys Knight & the Pips....it was the Isley Brothers.
This set is an excellent way to introduce you to the Dells. Their harmonies are simply heavenly. The entire set is enjoyable, with great sound and many rare gems. The songs with Dinah Washington are dynamite. This set is recommended to all Dells fans, but because of lack of hit singles, it is more for collectors.