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The Best of Major Lance [Beat Goes On]

  • 1. Ain't No Soul (In These Old Shoes)
    2. It's the Beat
    3. Hey Little Girl
    4. Rhythm
    5. Wait Till I Get You in My Arms
    6. Delilah
    7. Gypsy Woman
    8. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
    9. You Dont Want Me No More
    10. Investigate
    11. Ain't It a Shame
    12. Matador, The
    13. You Belong to Me My Love
    14. Sometimes I Wonder
    15. Girls
    16. Monkey Time, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 369

  • Credits

    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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