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The Best of the Rance Allen Group

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  • Audio CD (27 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B00005TNQB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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HASH(0x8e5903fc) out of 5 stars The Pioneers Of The Gospel/Soul Sound Of The 1980s/1990s 16 Nov. 2012
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Singer/guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Rance Allen, born in 1948 in Monroe Michigan, formed his Gospel group with brothers Tom (a drummer), Steve (bass guitarist) and Esau, a percussionist who performed with them now and then, using Toledo, Ohio as a base. They are probably THE most influential such group in terms of setting the path for infusing traditional Gospel with what is known as Memphis Soul as it materialized in the 1980s and 1990s with such as The Winans from Detroit, LA's Andraé Crouch and others of that ilk.

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.
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HASH(0x8e59042c) out of 5 stars Rance Allen Will Keep You Smiling 14 Jun. 2000
By Lisa Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rance Allen is a dynamic artist. He is multi talented and gifted. His songs will just melt all your sorrows away. He sings with authority and reassurance. He is one of the best artist in the music industry. I give him 5 stars
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HASH(0x8c0c5930) out of 5 stars BY FAR THE BEST GOSPEL SINGER ON THE PLANET! 11 Oct. 2012
By shoe fan - Published on Amazon.com
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His voice is amazing. Has a duet with Fred Hammond called "miracle worker" thats great (not on this cd). I've been a fan of Rance's for a long time. This group goes way back. Everything they sing is wonderful. He is defintely gifted with an annoited voice!
HASH(0x8c64fa00) out of 5 stars Rance Allen is Fantastic singer! 19 Mar. 2013
By c robins - Published on Amazon.com
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I already have several of Rance Allens vinyl recordings and I wanted to get some of his earlier work on cd to play in the car. This man has a real annointing and you can tell he Loves God. He is one of my favorite Gospel singers there is nobody that sounds like Rance! Uplifting and inspirational upbeat Gospel Music you need to check it out for yourself.
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HASH(0x8e590f54) out of 5 stars Long search 30 Dec. 2010
By Teddy Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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Of the songs on this cd, there was a single that I have been looking for for years. I could not find the cd with the same title, but the song was on this one. I also found out that this cd also had a couple of singles that I have not heard since I was in high school. It was a pleasure to reminisce while listening.
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