The Van Dykes Tellin' It Like It Is: The Mala Sessions
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- Released: July 11, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Mojo (Publisher) - 4/01, p.119"...Led by the heavenly tenor of Rondalis Tandy with deliciously uplifting vocal harmonies provided by Wenzon Mosley and James Mays, The Van Dykes' career stretched to a mere 6 singles on the Mala label..."
- 1.No Man Is an Island
- 2.What Will I Do (If I Lose You)
- 3.Tears of Joy
- 4.I've Got to Find a Love
- 5.Hey Mr. Lonesome
- 6.Never Let Me Go
- 7.I've Got to Go on Without You
- 8.I Won't Hold It Against You
- 9.You're Shakin' Me Up
- 10.I'm So Happy
- 11.You Need Confidence
- 12.Doin' the Best I Can
- 13.I'm for Real, Baby
- 14.A Sunday Kind of Love
- 15.Save My Love for a Rainy Day
This reissue includes four previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded during the TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS sessions.
The Van Dykes: Rondalls Tandy, James Mays, Wenzon Mosley (vocals).
Producer: Charles Stewart.
Reissue producers: Efram Turchick, Bill Dahl.
Recorded at Sound City Recording Studios, Fort Worth, Texas between 1965 & 1967. Originally released on Bell (6004). Includes original liner notes by Enoch Gregory and reissue liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin and Jayme Pieruzzi (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York).
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: Sound City Recording Studio, Fort Worth, TX (1965-1967).
The 1960s were a great era for soul/R&B vocal groups: The Impressions from Chicago, The Temptations from Detroit and, though they're lesser-known, the Van Dykes from Texas. The Van Dykes based their sound on the falsetto-led, gospel-inspired harmonies of Curtis Mayfield's Impressions, but with echoes of 1950s doo-wop (especially on "Never Let Me Go" and "You're Shakin' Me Up"). They approach the positive-themed, uplifting majesty of the Impressions with the swelling, dignified "You Need Confidence," and even dabble in bossa nova with the gently pleading "I'm For Real, Baby."
While not as innovative as some of the period's acts, the Van Dykes combination of uptown strut and down-home harmony keep things real by not coming off too slick or show-biz. There's restrained, soulful guitar playing not too far removed from the blues, organ not far from the church, and sweet, earnest harmonies that fill the room. TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS is recommended for devotees of '60s sweet soul groups.
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