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MAJOR LANCE - The Story Of Major Lance (2Cd) "Collection "Artist of The Week"

 Blessed with a warm, sweet voice, Major Lance was one of the leading figures of Chicago soul during the '60s and the top-selling artist for OKeh Records during the decade. Lance not only had a lovely voice, but his material was excellent. During the height of his success, the majority of his songs were written by Curtis Mayfield and produced by Carl Davis, and the pair developed a smooth, Latin-flavored sound that was punctuated by brass and layered with vocal harmonies, usually from the Impressions. It was urban, uptown soul and while it was considerably less gritty than its Southern counterpart, its breezy rhythms and joyous melodies made songs like "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" some of the most popular good-time R&B of its era. Major Lance's career declined significantly after he parted ways with Mayfield and Davis in the late '60s, but his classic OKeh recordings remain some of the best-loved soul music of the decade.

Born in Winterville, Mississippi, Major Lance moved to Chicago as a child, where he was initially raised on the west side of the city, before he moved near the north. While studying at Wells High School -- where Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler also attended -- Lance began boxing, but his attention soon turned to music and he formed the Floats with Otis Leavill. Although the Floats never released any records, his dancing earned him a spot on a local American Bandstand-styled program hosted by disc jockey Jim Lounsbury. The DJ helped Lance secure a one-shot single for Mercury Records in 1959, and the singer recorded "I Got a Girl," which was written and produced by Mayfield. The single disappeared and Lance spent the next three years working odd jobs.

In 1962, Lance was signed to the revived OKeh Records, based on his connections with Otis Leavill and, especially, Curtis Mayfield, who signed with the Impressions to ABC Records and had hits with his own group. Later that year, Lance recorded his first single, "Delilah," for the label. Like most of the Major's material, the song was written by Mayfield who, along with OKeh president Carl Davis and arranger Johnny Pate, developed a distinctive, Latin-tinged sound for the record, filled with sliding trombones and a light-stepping rhythms in order to distinguish Chicago soul from its counterparts in the South, New York, Detroit, and California. Though "Delilah" wasn't a hit, Lance's second single, "The Monkey Time," was a monster. Released in the summer of 1963, "The Monkey Time" reached number two on the R&B charts and number eight pop, establishing not only Lance as a singer but the revitalized OKeh Records as a pop music force. "Hey Little Girl" was a Top 15 pop and R&B hit later that year, followed by the Top Ten "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" early in 1964.

"The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" proved to be the height of Lance's popularity. Over the next year-and-a-half, he continued to turn out a series of Mayfield-written and Davis-produced singles, nearly all of which reached the R&B Top 40, but only a handful -- "The Matador" (which Mayfield didn't write), "Rhythm," "Come See"-- were pop hits. Following the summer 1965 release of the Top 20 R&B hit "Ain't It a Shame," Pate departed for ABC Records and Mayfield began concentrating on his group, but Lance and Davis continued to mine the same Chicago sound, using guitarist Gerald Sim as a songwriter and co-producer. After releasing a few singles, including the R&B hit "Too Hot to Hold" and the Van McCoy-written "Everybody Loves a Good Time," Davis left OKeh Records due to arguments with his superiors at Epic Records and Lance was sent to work with Billy Sherrill in Nashville. Out of these sessions, "It's the Beat" became Lance's only Top 40 hit. Since the teaming with Sherrill wasn't working out, Lance worked with a number of producers during 1966 and 1967, with only "Without a Doubt" scraping the R&B charts in 1968. He left OKeh shortly after that single, moving to Daka Records the following year, where he had the Top 40 R&B hit "Follow the Leader." Within a year, he moved to Mayfield's Curtom label, which resulted in his last two Top 40 R&B hits -- the number 13 "Stay Away from Me (I Love You Too Much)" and "Must Be Love Coming Down."

Lance left Curtom later in 1971 and he moved through a variety of labels, including Volt and Columbia, over the next several years without much success. In 1972, he relocated to England, where Northern soul -- a phenomenon of dance clubs playing rare, underappreciated, and just plain obscure American soul and R&B records -- was in full force. For the next two years, Lance was a staple on the Northern soul circuit, eventually returning to Atlanta in 1974. He signed with Playboy and released a disco version of "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" that became a minor hit, which was followed by a pair of minor hits in 1975. Shortly afterward, his career entered a downward spiral, and in 1978, he hit rock bottom when he was convicted of selling cocaine. Lance spent the next four years in prison. Upon his release, he began playing the beach music circuit on the Carolina coast, but a 1987 heart attack prevented him from launching a full-scale comeback. In 1994, Lance gave a final, triumphant performance at the Chicago Blues Festival, which turned out to be his last. He died of heart failure on September 3, 1994 at the age of 55, leaving behind a recorded legacy that stands among the best Midwestern soul of the '60s

MAJOR LANCE - The Story Of Major Lance  (2Cd)

 1. Hey Little Girl (02:25)
2. The Matador (02:28)
3. Rhythm (02:23)
4. It Ain't No Use (02:47)
5. Gotta Get Away (02:15)
6. The Monkey Time (02:47)
7. Um Um Um Um Um Um (02:11)
8. Girls (02:09)
9. Come See (02:22)
10. Sometimes I Wonder (02:12)
11. Ain't It A Shame (02:05)
12. Sweet Music (02:05)
13. You Belong To My Heart (02:51)
14. Investigate (02:38)
15. What's Happening (02:23)
16. The Beat (02:31)
17. Everybody Loves A Good Time (02:18)
18. Keep On Loving You (02:08)

 1. Please Don't Say No More (02:16)
2. I just can't help it (02:11)
3. Gonna Get Married (02:12)
4. Think nothing about it (02:15)
5. It's all right (02:37)
6. Mama didn't know (02:44)
7. I'm the one (02:08)
8. Gipsy woman (02:22)
9. Gotta get right to cry (02:18)
10. Little young lover (02:17)
11. That's what mama say (02:37)
12. Crying in the rain (02:25)
13. Just one look (02:26)
14. Delilah (02:17)
15. Too hot to hold (02:46)
16. Ain't no soul (02:23)
17. Forever (02:05)
18. You don't want me no more (02:09)
19. Phyllis (bonus track) (01:59)

From Eddy

MAJOR LANCE - The Story Of Major Lance  (2Cd)

Little Antony&The Imperials - 25 Great Hits

Little Antony&The Imperials - 25 Great Hits

25 Greatest Hits album by Little Anthony & The Imperials was released Jan 26, 1999 on the EMI Music Distribution label. Some singers sing from the throat, others from the nose or the heart. 25 Greatest Hits songs Little Anthony sings from his guts. 25 Greatest Hits album On some numbers he sounds as if he's about to upchuck; thus lies the everlasting appeal of the Brooklyn doo wopper who has hung in there since the '50s. 25 Greatest Hits CD music He's a song slugger who doesn't mess around in the studio or on stage being cute. 25 Greatest Hits music CDs He always gives his all, and, like Smokey Robinson, overshadows his guys, The Imperials. This encompassing CD contains all the group's illustrious hits and sides from End, DCP, VEEP, and United Artists Records. A wealth of untiring material is provided including "Tears on My Pillow," "Wishful Thinking," "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop," "Going Out of My Head," "Hurt So Bad," "The Diary," and other top-shelf goodies. ~ Andrew Hamilton

1. Tears On My Pillow
2. Two People In The World
3. So Much
4. The Diary
5. It's Not For Me
6. Wishful Thinking
7. A Prayer And A Juke Box
8. I'm Alright
9. Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bopy
10. My Empty Room
11. I'm Taking A Vacation From Love
12. Please Say You Want Me
13. Travelling Stranger
14. I'm On The Outside Looking In
15. Goin' Out Of My Head
16. Hurt So Bad
17. Take Me Back
18. I Miss You So
19. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
20. Hurt
21. The Ten Commandments Of Love
22. Better Use Your Head
23. Gonna Fix You Good (Every Time You're Bad)
24. I'm Hypnotized
25. Yesterday Has Gone

Love Afair - New Day (1970)

Love Afair - New Day (1970)

The second Love Affair album was credited simply to L.A. The band had recorded a progressive album, inspired by Jethro Tull, and felt that a name change was necessary in order to attract more mature audiences.

Группа образована в 1 9 6 6 году в Великобритании. Стив Зллис - вокал Морган Фишер - клавишные Рекс Брейли - гитара Мик Джексон - бас-гитара Морис Бэйкон - ударные
Love Affair начинали как любительская группа, выступая в пабах и ночных клубах Лондона (у музыкантов время от времени возникали проблемы с полицией, так как певцу в 1 9 6 6 году еще не исполнилось 1 6 лет). Вскоре Морган Фишер покинул группу, а его место занял Линтон Гест - в новом составе Love Affair записали композицию Роберта Найта "Everlasting Love, которая принесла музыкантам контракт с фирмой CBS Records. В январе 1 9 6 8 года песня возглавила хит-парад Великобритании, и Love Affair мгновенно стали кумирами подростков всего мира. Менеджментом коллектива занимался Мо Бэйкон, отец барабанщика группы. Записав еще несколько хит-синглов (Rainbow Valley", "А Day Without Love", "One Road" и "Bringing On Back The Good Times"), в конце 6 9 -х годов Love Affair распались. Вокалист организовал новую группу Ellis, Морган Фишер присоединился к Mott The Hoople, а Морис Бейкон переквалифицировался в издателя музыкальной литературы.
Everlasting (CBS) - 1 9 6 9 New Day (CBS) - 1 9 7 0 Greatest Hits (Columbia) - 1 9 8 5 Everlasting Hits (CBS) - 1 9 9 3 The Everlasting (Columbia) - 1 9 9 6 No Strings Every (Angel Air) - 2 0 0 0. "

* Steve Ellis (born Stephen John Ellis, 7 April 1950, Edgware, London) — (vocals)
* Rex Brayley (born Rex Charles Brayley, 3 January 1948, London) — (guitar)
* Lynton Guest (born 28 November 1951, Leicester) — (keyboards 1967 to 1968)
* Morgan Fisher (born Stephen Morgan Fisher, 1 January 1950, Mayfair, London) — (keyboardist from 1968 to 1971)
* Maurice Bacon (born 26 January 1952, Southgate, London) — (drummer)
* Mick Jackson (born Michael Jackson, 27 January 1950, Bradford, Yorkshire) — (bass)

Their first single, "She Smiled Sweetly", written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, released on Decca Records flopped, but they reached the top of the UK Singles Chart in January 1968 with "Everlasting Love". By this time the group had relocated to CBS Records. The song was first recorded by Robert Knight, whose version had reached No. 13 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the autumn of 1967, and it was previously offered to the Marmalade, who turned it down as they thought it too pop-oriented for them.
Ellis had a similar vocal style to Steve Marriott of the Small Faces, and the production was similar to a Motown soul record. Controversy ensued when the group admitted they had not played on the record, but that all the work was done by session musicians, although such a practice had long since been common - and has continued ever since. Ironically their first recording of the song, produced by Muff Winwood, had featured them playing all the instruments. But the record label rejected this version, in favour of one produced by Mike Smith, recorded with a recording studio rhythm section, strings, brass, flutes and backing vocalists, arranged by Keith Mansfield - and Ellis the only member of the group to be heard.
Four further Top 20 hits followed, "Rainbow Valley", "A Day Without Love" (both 1968), "One Road" and "Bringing On Back The Good Times" (both 1969). Love Affair sold more singles in 1968 in the UK than any other band, except for The Beatles. At the end of that year they released an album, "Everlasting Love Affair".
The group became frustrated at being treated like teen idols, unable to hear themselves on stage because of the constant screaming, and at being pigeonholed as a "pop group". All the A-sides featured heavy orchestral and brass arrangements behind Ellis's vocals, with minimal participation from the others, although they wrote and played on the heavier B-sides themselves.
As Ellis wrote in the booklet notes to a later compilation CD, "Singles A's and B's", "In an attempt to break the mould we recorded a song far removed from the anthemic-like previous hits. The song was called "Baby I Know". Released at the end of 1969, competing with releases from other big names for a place in the charts over Christmas, it failed completely. Ellis felt the band had run its course, and he left in December 1969 for a solo career: "It felt like a mountain had been lifted from my shoulders". The rest of the band soldiered on without any further success, continuing briefly as LA with new vocalist, August Eadon (aka Gus Yeadon). Further releases likewise never charted.
The group has since been revived, though sometimes without any original members, for cabaret dates; and Ellis has also performed live with a reconstituted Steve Ellis's Love Affair.

1. Love Affair - New Day (4:23)
2. Love Affair - Walking Down The Road (3:13)
3. Love Affair - Gee's Whiz (4:40)
4. Love Affair - Gypsy (5:05)
5. Love Affair - Goodbye Brother, Farewell Friend (3:39)
6. Love Affair - Hurt By Love (5:51)
7. Love Affair - Bad Girl (4:14)
8. Love Affair - Nine To Five (5:05)
9. Love Affair - Thank You Bean (3:23)
10. Love Affair - Speak Of Peace, Sing Of Joy (4:30)
MAJOR LANCE - The Story Of Major Lance  (2Cd) "Collection "Artist of The Week"Little Antony&The Imperials - 25 Great HitsLove Afair - New Day (1970)

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