The Major Lance Story, Vol. 1

Major Lance

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The Major Lance Story, Vol. 1 Review

by Andrew Hamilton

With Major Lance, Curtis Mayfield created a sound every bit as mainstream as Motown's "Sound of Young America." His recordings regularly scored on the pop charts. Volume one includes the songs that made Lance a staple on Dick Clark Caravan of Stars and other venues: "The Monkey Time," "Um Um Um Um Um Um," "Hey Little Girl," "Rhythm," and the "Matador." Also included is the exciting "Come See" in which Lance invites the listener to come see him do the latest dance steps; it didn't hit like the others, however, only placing number 40 Pop and number 20 R&B. If you thought Everybody Loves a Good Time: The Best of Major Lance was complete, think again -- this volume contains three songs that the double-CD omitted: "You Belong to My Heart," "What's Happening," and "Keep on Loving You."