Rance Allen Group: Rance Allen (vocals), Tom Allen, Steve Allen.
Additional personnel: Ronnie Williams, Lester Snell, Bobby Manuel, Ray Griffin, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Willie Hall, Terry Johnson, Phillip Wilson, Al Jackson Jr., The Memphis Symphony.
Personnel: Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Recording information: Stax Recording Studios, Memphis, TN.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donald "Duck" Dunn; Steve Allen ; Ronnie Williams; Tommy Allen ; Ray Griffen; Lester Knell; Ronny Williams; Al Jackson, Jr. ; Lester Snell; The Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Phil Wilson; Rance Allen; Terry Johnson; Tom Allen ; Willie Hall; Bobby Manuel; Ray Griffin.
A couple of decades before such stylistic melding would became popular among gospel artists, Rance Allen and his brothers merged the dynamics of soulful rhythms, gospel lyrics, and Rance's testimonial lead vocals. This effort was produced by acclaimed Stax alumnus David Porter, who also co-wrote seven of the selections. The highlight from this album is the proverbial lyric and stirring rhythms of "Ain't No Need of Crying." Rance's versatile vocals sail up and down the register from squeals and cries to riffs and sighs without forsaking solid, cohesive vocals throughout the verses and chorus. The gospel gem peaked on the Billboard R&B charts at 61 after a nine weeks. On "Talk That Talk," Rance utilizes his vast vocal reportoire to personify a riveting guitar. The Michigan native slows his delivery on the introspective "Just Found Me." The Allen brothers are consistently excellent on every selection. ~ Craig Lytle