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.
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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
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).
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).
The Dells Biography and Discography on Wiki.
Finaly enjoy a live version of “Stay In My Corner“