The Dells

Always Together: Greater Hits, Vol. 1

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It can be hazardous to your heart strollin' down memory lane with the Dells. These sides represent their most fruitful period: the 60's, when they regularly scored on both R&B and Pop Charts. Almost every ballad they cut could be deemed a classic. "Oh What a Night," "The Love We Had," "Stay In My Corner," "Love Is Blue/I Can Sing a Rainbow," "Ooo I Love You," and "Nadine," matches powerful lyrics, schooled harmonies, and Marvin Junior's extraordinary baritone lead. Junior was the X-Factor, everything he sang transformed into a nail biting drama. Try to remain serene and unemotional listening to "Open Up My Heart," a slow, waltz tempo message ballad where Marvin says what needs to be said. The fast tracks are equally electrifying "There Is," and the rollicking "Wear It On Our Face," are two explosive son of a guns. A lilting " Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation," boosted them into the 70's. The testament to women was co-written by Marv Johnson who cut "Come To Me"; Berry's first hit, albeit a small one, under a Motown banner.

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