The Dells – 1968 – There Is

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Easily the masterpiece of their catalogue.

This breakthrough album marked The Dells transition from their doo-woop roots to contemporary soul. It features the long version of their classic balland ‘Stay in My Corner”, as well as the upbeat “There Is”, which was one of their biggest hits. Produced by Bobby Miller and arranged by Charles Stepney, this excellent album is classic Chicago harmony from start to finish.

The Dells are one of the finest and longest-lived R&B vocal groups in history, and what’s most amazing is that they’ve done it with nearly all the same members – they haven’t changed personnel since 1960. They were one of the very few doo wop outfits to successfully update their sound, finding their strongest commercial niche in the late ’60s and ’70s as a polished smooth soul harmony group. While their chart fortunes have certainly fluctuated over the years, they remained a viable act right up into the ’90s, by which time they had long since achieved legendary status in the R&B community..

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2004, the Dells” enduring music is a tribute to their longevity.

This is a @320 CD rip including original vinyl covers.

Tracks
A1  There Is 3:30
A2  Stay in My Corner 6:10
A3  Wear It on Our Face 3:22
A4  Please Don’t Change Me Now 3:25
A5  Show Me 2:30
A6  The Change You Go Thru (For Love) 3:15
B1  (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher 2:30
B2  Close Your Eyes 2:57
B3  Run for Cover 3:04
B4  Love Is So Simple 2:48
B5  When I’m in Your Arms 2:45
B6  O-O I Love You 3:17

The Reviews

Fantastic bit of Chicago soul, featuring the Dells at their most mature, banked in amazing arrangements by the great Charles Stepney. There’s a long version of “Stay In My Corner”, plus the great title cut, and two fantastic tracks that have some great John Cage-esque prepared piano on the introduction. Great all the way through, and with loads of good tracks like “Wear It On Our Face”, “Please Don’t Change Me Now”, and “Love Is So Simple” (Dusty Groove).

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The original 1965 version of the song that became a classic hit for them when recorded for Cadet in 1968. This version for the Vee Jay label went to #23 on Billboard’s R&B charts.

Other than their greatest-hits compilations, this by far is the Dells’ finest LP release. Bobby Miller excelled in assembling this strong package. The six-minute-plus “Stay in My Corner” remains a live show staple and R&B classic. Written by Wade Flemons, Bobby Miller, and Barrett “Money” Strong, the epic ballad shattered the belief that pop songs had to be three minutes or less to get airplay; it was a remake of a shorter version by the Dells released on Vee Jay in 1965. Miller uses the idea of the quick hook on “Wear It on Our Face,” the opening rhythms explode like firecrackers on this driving, high-energy singalong. Few realize it, but the Dells cut and released “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” before Jackie Wilson did. A good remake of “Close Your Eyes,” and the enthralling “Love Is So Simple” proved the guys hadn’t forsaken their doo wop roots. The beautiful “O O I Love You” began the longest run on the charts in the Dells’ history; originally Cadet released it with “There Is” on the flip side, and it went to Number 22 on the R&B charts and to Number 61 on the popcharts. “There Is” followed with a different flip, “Show Me,” and became their biggest pop recording to date, nesting at Number 20. Ironically, the Dells hated “There Is” when Bobby Miller first played it for them, it had a marching beat, and they couldn’t see recording it. Marvin Junior, Johnny Carter, Chuck Barksdale, Verne Allison, and Mickey McGill never sounded better then they do on these 12 tantalizing entries (All Music Guide).
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37 Comments
  • garyb
    Posted at 17:29h, 02 June 2009 Reply

    Thank you, once again you have outdone yourself with this great post

  • raggedy
    Posted at 19:02h, 02 June 2009 Reply

    The Dells! They were absolutely fantastic … Thanks for sharing.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 20:27h, 02 June 2009 Reply

    “There Is” is my favorite Dells albums because it shows the versatility of the group. They have some fast paced Soul numbers like the title cut with its driving beat and hint of sophistication with some strings. Others like Show Me, Higher And Higher and When I’m In Your Arms are more mid-tempo with a danceable groove, while Stay In My Corner and The Change We Go Thru (For Love) show that the group could slow it down for those trademark ballads.

  • BHM
    Posted at 20:42h, 02 June 2009 Reply

    Much thanks for this at such a good quality rate!!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:55h, 02 June 2009 Reply

    thank u for this great album of the dells

  • Raphy
    Posted at 03:29h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    The Dells is one off my favorite….Especially this album…I think I have this ripped from Lp, so I’ll download the CD Version…

    I must tell you, I have 10” LP named The Best Of The Dells, Limited Edition 1000 copy Press, Red Vinyl, Collectors Edition…Does it make sense to upload it?

    Big [email protected]!

  • Bill
    Posted at 13:16h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    Your`e right this is the cream album,every track a winner. Thanks for sharing!

  • Seth
    Posted at 14:07h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    deffo a class act one of the best soul groups
    ever , think Ive still got this on the Cadet label somewhere.

  • Eugene
    Posted at 14:44h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    My favourite soul group, the Dells. Many years since I’ve listened to this abum…up in the attic with all the rest…..gems apart from the obvious. Makes you realise just how technically gifted these guys were…and oh so soulful. In the attic guys…why I rely on you guys so much these days. Thanks once again

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 15:52h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    Excellent album! Thanks for sharing this. I saw it at the store and didn’t have enough money to get it at the time…..when I went back, it was gone. Hope all is well Nikos! Peace & Blessings

  • Roller
    Posted at 21:39h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    Great classic r&b. I love the Dells. dude,you bring me back home.

  • k02
    Posted at 23:51h, 03 June 2009 Reply

    thanks

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 01:44h, 04 June 2009 Reply

    Gotta love the Dells. Thanks a lot.

  • TL
    Posted at 05:13h, 04 June 2009 Reply

    Fantastic! Stay in My Corner is one of the greatest songs of all time, and the rest of the album isn’t far behind. Charles Stepney’s arrangements are perfect and what can you say about The Dells.

    Thank you!

  • Nick
    Posted at 09:59h, 04 June 2009 Reply

    Thank you for the memories from a phenomenal group. “Stay in my corner” is one the best soul records ever.

  • Janet
    Posted at 20:55h, 04 June 2009 Reply

    The Dells-the greatest American soul group. Can still do it at 70 something years old just like they did 40 years ago. Incredible staying and knock-out power.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 22:21h, 04 June 2009 Reply

    What is to there to say about The Dells transition into Sweet Soul. Bobby Miller and Charles Stepney heralded an era that simply re-defined our music and gave my heart a reason for living. And Marvin Junior has no peers (except maybe Rance Allen) for grace and power. If anyone asks me what is so special about soul music, I either play ‘Baby, I’m for real’ by the Originals, or The Dells ‘Stay in my corner’ (dependent on how much time I have !). If they ain’t got it by then, they ain’t never gonna get it !!

    Both ‘Wear it on my face’ and ‘Run for cover’ are STILL huge over here on the Northern Soul scene you’ll be pleased to know, with the former being particularly important for me. Also ‘The change you go through’ grabs me where there is no bodily function except to appreciate soul music at its finest !! But this has no duds, and I can’t begin to imagine how this LP must have captivated and revolutionised soul afficianados at the time.

    Excellent choice Nikos and an essential one for Funk My Soul.

    BTW – I am lucky enough to own the CD (AAD format – cost me £1 in HMV records) which was released on the Chess label c/o MCA Records in the US, so Japan is not the only source of the digitised form.

  • Aman
    Posted at 00:06h, 05 June 2009 Reply

    1 of my all time favorites!! So profoundly beautiful!!

  • Jonathan
    Posted at 11:20h, 05 June 2009 Reply

    Wow! This sounds awesome….thanks.

  • SGM
    Posted at 20:18h, 05 June 2009 Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. This album has stayed with me, I guess it’s just that kind of album. I miss this music, the harmonies, the emotions, the love put into the music. Thanks so much for posting.

  • Ray Hendrix
    Posted at 04:51h, 06 June 2009 Reply

    Great Post…one of my favorite groups. I am amazed that people who love the Dells & Teddy Pendergrass don’t realize Teddy was HEAVILY influenced by Marvin Junior. The great Charles Stepney & Bobby Miller were great for the Dells. By the way, the girl singer(no I don’t mean Johnny’s falsetto)on “There Is” is the late Minnie Riperton.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:31h, 06 June 2009 Reply

    Ray, your point about Teddy Pendergrass is absolutely right as far it concerns me. Thank you for informing us about Minnie! What a great voice! We all know the connection with Charles Stepney. Their HEY LOVE album is in my top 25 soul albums ever.

  • Andre
    Posted at 07:53h, 07 June 2009 Reply

    thanks a miilion. this is one of the only dells albums i didn’t have. much appreciated!

  • Marcha
    Posted at 02:33h, 09 June 2009 Reply

    damn, The Dells were in the top of their game. This is one of my favorite soul albums. The second best by The Dells (first one: Love Is Blue)

  • Marcha
    Posted at 02:47h, 09 June 2009 Reply

    By the way Nikos, if you can post more dells albums i will love it!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 04:02h, 13 June 2009 Reply

    awwwwwwwwwwww man! i love the dells, one of my favorite groups! smooth and soulful at its finest, thanks Nikos!!

  • gary
    Posted at 13:35h, 13 June 2009 Reply

    very cool. Thanks for posting a great LP.

    G

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 15:27h, 21 June 2009 Reply

    Yes…Yes…Yes…Thanks Nikos. I remember grinding to ‘Stay In My Corner’ when it first came out. The blue lights would be turned off in the Basement for this song. (Baby making Music)

  • manny
    Posted at 07:57h, 24 June 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:06h, 25 June 2009 Reply

    Awsome! One of the few Dells albums I didn’t have!

  • oksikemia
    Posted at 12:16h, 08 July 2009 Reply

    what a band!

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 02:49h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    This is nice!!!!

  • atlas
    Posted at 07:49h, 22 August 2009 Reply

    wow – this is wonderful music, haven’t heard the Dells before and now I am a big fan – thanks so much for posting this! – Canada

  • Ray Hendrix
    Posted at 08:12h, 10 October 2009 Reply

    You’re Welcome Nikkos…thank you 4 such wonderful music!!!

  • HeavySoulBrutha DaveB.
    Posted at 22:18h, 23 October 2009 Reply

    Found the “Wear It On Our Face” 45 last year! Magnificent record!!!

    Peace and SOUL,
    Dave…

  • rob
    Posted at 08:39h, 30 May 2010 Reply

    Thank you- a great album!

  • LeeAnn Summers
    Posted at 06:10h, 21 August 2010 Reply

    Mr. Stepney’s family have started a foundation.
    http://www.charlesstepney.org/index.html

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