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Detroit-born singer, pianist, and guitarist Rance Allen, along with his brothers Steve and Tom Allen, made clear the gospel roots of soul with these impressive tracks recorded between 1971 and 1975 for Stax Records and the Stax imprints Gospel Truth and Truth. With his jaw-dropping multi-octave vocals, which could soar into an ether-ionizing high falsetto, Rance never recorded a note that didn't seem to brim with joy, even when he works around the blues form like he does here on "What Is This?," and along with the solid musicianship of his brothers, the Rance Allen Group pioneered a truly American mix of gospel, soul, jazz, and blues. This generous set (it tops 75 minutes in length) includes the best of the group's Stax-era sides, including the hits "I Belong to You" (which eerily presages contemporary urban soul) and the beautiful David Porter-penned "Ain't No Need of Crying," as well as another Porter composition, "Ring My Bell," and a joyous, stomping cover of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head," where Rance's vocal soars up into the high atmosphere at the end of lines as if it had wings. An upbeat, bubbling set that is sure to chase the blues all the way back to Georgia, or wherever the blues comes from these days.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
Lying On The Truth (Live From Wattstax)
Rance Allen
00:03:41

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Joy (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:03:55

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Stax Records

3
Hot Line To Jesus (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:04:47

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 1973 Stax Records

4
What Is This? (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:03:52

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 1971 Stax Records

5
I Belong To You (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:04:22

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Stax Records

6
Ain't No Need Of Crying (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:03:58

Dave Clark, Producer - Rance Allen, MainArtist - Toby Jackson, Producer

℗ 1974 Stax Records

7
That Will Be Good Enough For Me (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:04:32

Dave Clark, Producer - James Cleveland, ComposerLyricist - Rance Allen, MainArtist - Toby Jackson, Producer

℗ 1972 Stax Records

8
Let The Music Get Down In Your Soul (Long Version)
Rance Allen
00:08:45

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 1997 Stax Records

9
What A Day (Album Version)
The Rance Allen Group
00:03:55

Terry Johnson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Jackson, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - al jackson jr., Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Allen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Porter, Producer - Lester Snell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - William Brown, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Manuel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rance Allen, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rance Allen Group, MainArtist - Willie Hall, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Wilson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Griffin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Williams, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Bishop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Stewart, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arris Wheaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Allen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Hilliard, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1975 Stax Records

10
The Painter (Album Version)
The Rance Allen Group
00:03:20

Terry Johnson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Jackson, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - al jackson jr., Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Allen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Porter, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Lester Snell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - William Brown, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Manuel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rance Allen, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Rance Allen Group, MainArtist - Willie Hall, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Wilson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Griffin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Williams, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Bishop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Stewart, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arris Wheaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Allen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Hilliard, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2006 Stax Records

11
I Give My All To You (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:03:47

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 1975 Stax Records

12
God Is Wonderful (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:04:04

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Stax Records

13
Up Above My Head (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:04:04

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Stax Records

14
Heaven Is Where The Heart Is (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:03:29

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 1974 Stax Records

15
Greatness Of God (Album Version)
Rance Allen
00:06:26

Rance Allen, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Stax Records

16
Ring My Bell (Full Length)
The Rance Allen Group
00:09:41

Terry Johnson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Jackson, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - al jackson jr., Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Donald "Duck" Dunn, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Allen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Porter, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Lester Snell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - William Brown, Recording Engineer, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bobby Manuel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rance Allen, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Rance Allen Group, MainArtist - Willie Hall, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Wilson, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Griffin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Williams, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Bishop, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Stewart, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arris Wheaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tommy Allen, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Hilliard, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2006 Stax Records

Album Description

Detroit-born singer, pianist, and guitarist Rance Allen, along with his brothers Steve and Tom Allen, made clear the gospel roots of soul with these impressive tracks recorded between 1971 and 1975 for Stax Records and the Stax imprints Gospel Truth and Truth. With his jaw-dropping multi-octave vocals, which could soar into an ether-ionizing high falsetto, Rance never recorded a note that didn't seem to brim with joy, even when he works around the blues form like he does here on "What Is This?," and along with the solid musicianship of his brothers, the Rance Allen Group pioneered a truly American mix of gospel, soul, jazz, and blues. This generous set (it tops 75 minutes in length) includes the best of the group's Stax-era sides, including the hits "I Belong to You" (which eerily presages contemporary urban soul) and the beautiful David Porter-penned "Ain't No Need of Crying," as well as another Porter composition, "Ring My Bell," and a joyous, stomping cover of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head," where Rance's vocal soars up into the high atmosphere at the end of lines as if it had wings. An upbeat, bubbling set that is sure to chase the blues all the way back to Georgia, or wherever the blues comes from these days.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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