Rance Allen Group - The Soulful Truth Of The Rance Allen Group

Tuesday 4th September 2001
Rance Allen Group - The Soulful Truth Of The Rance Allen Group
Rance Allen Group - The Soulful Truth Of The Rance Allen Group

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2472-4211
LABEL: Stax CDSXD134
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Steve Best

The larger than life Allen Brothers - Rance on guitar, Tom on drums and Steve on bass - came to Stax Records of Memphis, Tennessee, one of the great soul labels of all time, where they cut half a dozen or so albums in two periods before moving on. This is a 17 track retrospective spanning 1971 through 1979 and amply showcases Rance's extraordinary voice, which ranges from a gutteral scream to a quite awesome falsetto. Among the delights here, check out the gospelisation of "(There's Gonna Be) A Showdown", the nine minute tour de force of "Ring My Bell" and another R&B song, turned gospel number, the Temptations' "Just My Imagination" (here retitled "Just My Salvation"). I'm told Rance is still going strong. However, this superlative collection captures him at his best.

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