Tightening It Up: The Best of Archie Bell & the Drells

Tightening It Up: The Best of Archie Bell & the Drells

by Archie Bell & the DrellsArchie Bell & the Drells


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It could be assumed that Archie Bell & the Drells essentially did the same thing over and over again, since "Tighten Up" almost consigns them to the level of one-hit wonders, but that's not an accurate assessment of their gifts. True, they often followed the same stylish, sunny, utterly infectious sound, but there was a lot more depth and variety there, as Rhino's terrific 20-track collection Tightening It Up: The Best of Archie Bell & the Drells illustrates. What it reveals to those that weren't playing close attention is that the group was one of the first great Philly soul outfits, recording a number of Gamble & Huff's early songs and providing a training ground for the seminal duo. Though the hits didn't come fast and furious, like they would later, they, Bell & the Drells, created some wonderful singles, highlighted by "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown" and "A World Without Music." There's plenty of other terrific moments throughout this collection, which proves that Bell & the Drells were far more than a one-hit wonder -- they were one of the great under appreciated soul outfits of their time.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/1994
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227172527
catalogNumber: 71725
Rank: 26018

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Archie Bell & the Drells   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Billy Butler   Vocals
Bobby Martin   Keyboards,Vibes
Archie Bell   Vocals
Bunny Sigler   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Dexter Wansel   Piano
Michael Pedicin   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Ronald Baker   Bass
Thom Bell   Organ
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Keith Errol Benson   Drums
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Victor Carstarphen   Piano,Keyboards
Roland Chambers   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Cohen   Keyboards
Charles Collins   Percussion
David Cruse   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Don Renaldo   Strings,Horn
Raymond Earl   Bass
Michael Foreman   Guitar
Michael Forman   Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Harris   Acoustic Guitar
Norman Harris   Acoustic Guitar
James Hicks   Conga
Rick Hicks   Conga
Leon Huff   Piano
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Ronnie James   Acoustic Guitar
Theodore Life   Acoustic Guitar
Kim Miller   Acoustic Guitar
Vince Montana   Percussion
Ed Tree Moore   Acoustic Guitar
Sam Peake   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Sam Reed   Strings,Horn
Richard Rome   Piano
Jimmy Sigler   Organ
David Thompson   Drums
T.J. Tindall   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Washington   Bongos,Conga
Earl Young   Drums
Corliss "Sunshine" Forrest   Percussion
Ed Shea   Bells,Vibes
Edward Moore   Guitar
T.S.U. Toronados   Band
Lee Bell   Vocals
Joe Cross   Vocals
Willie Pernell   Vocals
James Wise   Vocals
Ron Baker   Bass
Keith Benson   Drums
Scott Miller   Drums
Jillean Williams   Bass
Jimmy Williams   Bass

Technical Credits

Archie Bell   Arranger
Bunny Sigler   Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Ronald Baker   Arranger
Barry Beckett   Arranger
Thom Bell   Arranger
Victor Carstarphen   Producer
Roland Chambers   Arranger
Kenny Gamble   Producer
Leon Huff   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Gene McFadden   Producer
David McLees   Producer
Richard Rome   Arranger
Brad Shapiro   Producer
John Whitehead   Producer
Skipper Lee Frazier   Producer
Jeff Jarema   Liner Notes
Phillip Mitchell   Producer
Dave Crawford   Producer
Coco Shinomiya   Artwork
John L. Usry   Arranger
Loring Eutemey   Illustrations
Bobby Martin   Arranger

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