Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Collection

by The DellsThe Dells


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With a Motown flair, sweet Chicago harmonies, and sparse string arrangements that prefigured the Philly sound, the Dells reached the pop charts in every decade from the 1950s through the 1990s, a feat only equaled by the great James Brown. Originally a doo wop group, the Dells had hits in the 1950s with "Oh What a Night" and "Stay in My Corner," then placed both songs in the charts again with re-recorded versions (the versions that are included here) on the Chess-owned Cadet label at the end of the 1960s. Undisputed masters of the slow jam ballad, the group exploits the oil and water textures of Marvin Junior's gruff, hard soul voice set against the soaring high tenor of Johnny Carter, and the steady emotional tension this brings to songs like "Stay in My Corner" is textbook Chicago soul. This collection pulls together all their biggest hits, including "A Heart Is a House for Love," the theme song for Robert Townsend's film The Five Heartbeats. The inclusion of the latter song gives this release a slight edge over the single-disc On Their Corner compilation from 1992, but the double-disc Anthology (also on Hip-O) from 1999 is still the most comprehensive look at this elegant vocal group.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2004
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498618288
catalogNumber: 000209702
Rank: 4727

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dells   Primary Artist
Sonny Sanders   Musical Direction
Charles Stepney   Conductor
Tom Tom 84   Conductor

Technical Credits

Dells   Vocal Arrangements
Marv Johnson   Composer
George Duke   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Terry Callier   Composer
Wade Flemons   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Davitt Sigerson   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Jackie Avery   Composer
Chuck Barksdale   Producer
T.G. Conway   Arranger,Composer
Don Davis   Composer,Producer
Allan Felder   Composer
Eli Fontaine   Producer
Johnny Funches   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
Marvin Junior   Composer
Michael McGill   Composer
Darryl Phinnessee   Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Roach   Arranger,Composer
Rudy Robinson   Arranger
Charles Stepney   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tom Tom 84   Arranger
Ron Tyson   Composer
Larry Wade   Composer
Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams   Composer
Bobby Miller   Composer,Producer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Thiele   Composer
Peter Amft   Cover Photo
Herb Ross   Composer
Tristin Sigerson   Composer
Bryan Blackburn   Composer
Pierre Cour   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Artwork
Victoria Pike   Composer
Harris Machine   Producer
Carl Davis   Producer
Roger Joyce   Composer
James Dean   Composer

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