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The Best of the Rance Allen Group
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RANCE ALLEN GROUP The Best Of (2002 German pressed 12-track digitally remastered [in 24bit technology] CD album featuring a collection of their best loved hits Theres Gonna Be A Showdown I Know A Man Who I Got To Be Myself Aint No Need Of Crying I Belong To You and more. Housed in a sealed glossy digipak picture sleeve with a fold-out inlay containing comprehensive liner notes SCD248540-2)
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Noticed by a Stax Records employee, Dave Clark, while competing at a talent contest, they were signed in 1969 to the Stax subsidiary Gospel Truth, and in May 1973 had their first national R&B charter with I Got To Be Myself, which peaked at # 31 b/w Gonna Make It Alright on Gospel Truth 1208 (both are in this volume). That, and their growing popularity in live appearances earned them a spot in the 1973 Mel Stuart documentary "Wattstax" which dealt with the Watts black community in LA and the 1972 Wattstax music festival. Thi, in turn, garnered them Best Religious Group by NATRA (National Association Of Television And Radio Announcers).
In January 1975 they returned to those charts with the # 61 Ain't No Need Of Crying on Truth 3210 (the shortened name of the subsidiary) b/w If I Could Make The World Better (only the hit side is here). Two years later Rance, recording solo, had the very minor # 100 R&B Truth Is Marching On in April 1977 on Capitol 4394 b/w You're My everything (neither side here), and two more years after that, in February/March 1979, the group scored their best hit ever when I Belong To You settled in at # 24 R&B on Stax 3217 b/w The Wheel Of Life. Later that year, in September, they had the # 41 R&B Smile on Stax 3221 b/w Security (again, just the hit sides are here).
Twelve years would then pass before they had another charter, sending Miracle Worker to # 32 R&B in August 1991 b/w God Bless America on Bellmark 71729. Neither side is here and remain impossible to find on CD.
Rance Allen's powerful voice literally soars on every side presented here, but is especially evident on sides like Gonna Make It Alright, Just My Imagination (Just My Salvation), That Will Be Enough For Me, and even a track like Smile which is clearly influenced by the Disco rage ongoing at the time. And you'll love their Hot Line To Jesus.
Compiled and produced by Kirk Roberts, the sound quality is excellent and it comes with informative liner notes written by the noted Blues historian/writer Lee Hildebrand.