Major Lance The Very Best of Major Lance
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- Released: November 24, 1997
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
- 1.Ain't No Soul (In These Old Shoes)
- 2.It's the Beat
- 3.Hey Little Girl
- 5.Wait till I Get You in My Arms
- 7.Gypsy Woman
- 8.Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
- 9.You Don't Want Me No More
- 11.Ain't It a Shame
- 13.You Belong to Me My Love
- 14.Sometimes I Wonder
- 16.Monkey Time
Personnel includes: Major Lance (vocals); Curtis Mayfield (background vocals).
Producers: Carl Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Gerald Sims, Billy Sherrill.
Recorded between 1962 & 1967.
Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Liner Note Author: Dave Godin.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (1963-1967); N.Y.C (1963-1967); Nashville, TN (1963-1967).
Even amid such illustrious company as Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, Mississippi-born Major Lance was one of the most distinctive stylists on the 1960s Chicago soul scene. Like the Impressions, he sported a sound that mixed Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and '50s doo-wop into a glorious, hit-bound stew. Impressions leader Curtis Mayfield himself wrote most of the tunes found here, but none is more resonant than the percolating "The Monkey Time," a dance tune that made "The Twist" sound like "The Hokey Pokey," with horn stabs, vibrant drums, and a testifying vocal bringing it all home. Though "Hey Little Girl" is something of a sequel to that hit, Lance had more than one trick up his sleeve. The melodically sophisticated, vibes-laden ballad "I'm Lost" and the maraca-laced, Latin-tinged "The Matador" show that he was ready to dance to anything he could put his heart and soul into, regardless of the steps.
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