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Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Dells Discography


A soul vocal and close harmony group formed in 1953 as the El-Rays, who comprised:

Johnny Funches (b.18th July 1935, Harvey, Illinois, U.S.A., d. 23rd January 1998, lead)

Marvin Junior (b. 31st January 1936, Harrell, Arkansas, U.S.A., tenor)

Verne Allison (b. 22nd June 1936, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., tenor)

Lucius McGill (b. 1935, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., tenor)

Mickey McGill (b. 17th February 1937, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., baritone)

Chuck Barksdale (b. 11th January 1935, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., bass)


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Albums

  • Oh What A Nite (1959)
  • It's Not Unusual (1965)
  • There Is (Cadet 1968)
  • Love Is Blue (Cadet 1969)
  • The Dell Musical Menu / Always Together (Cadet 1969)
  • Like It Is, Like It Was (Cadet 1970)
  • Freedom Means (Cadet 1971)
  • Dells Sing Dionne Warwick's Greatest Hits (Cadet 1972)
  • Sweet As Funk Can Be (Cadet 1972)
  • The Dells (Cadet 1973)
  • Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation (Cadet 1973)
  • with the Dramatics: The Dells Vs The Dramatics (Cadet 1974)
  • The Mighty Mighty Dells (Cadet 1974)
  • We Got To Get Our Thing Together (Cadet 1975)
  • No Way Back (Mercury 1975)
  • They Said It Couldn't Be Done, But We Did It (Mercury 1977)
  • Love Connection (Mercury 1977)
  • New Beginnings (ABC 1978)
  • Face To Face (ABC 1979)
  • I Touched A Dream (20th Century 1980)
  • Whatever Turns You On (20th Century 1981)
  • One Step Closer (1984)
  • The Second Time (Veteran 1988)
  • Music From The Motion Picture: The Five Heartbeats (Virgin 1991)
  • I Salute You (Philadelphia International 1992)
  • Reminiscing (Volt 2000)
  • Open Up My Heart / The 9/11 Album (Devine 2002)
  • Open Up My Heart / The 9/11 Suite (Devine 2002)
  • Hott (A & E Records 2004)
  • Then and Now (2008)


Singles & 45's
  • Stay In My Corner [7 inch] (single) (1968)
  • The Dells Early Recordings


Compilations
  • Stay In My Corner (Cadet 1968)
  • Oh, What A Night (Cadet 1970)
  • The Dells On Their Corner (1992)
  • Dreams of Contentment (Vee-Jay 1993)
  • Dells, Vol. 2 (Vee-Jay 1994)
  • Passionate Breezes (1995)
  • Ultimate Collection (2004)


Other
  • Comme Un Aimant OST (performed "You Promised Me")

30 comments:

zand said...

1988 - The Second Time
http://rapidshare.com/files/173382530/91_-_TST.rar

Anonymous said...

Great, The Dells! I'll help out in the next few days. Just to make a quick comment (and this is a bit complex). The "Stay In My Corner" album is an early compilation album (augmented by a few new songs that would end up on later albums).
"Stay In My Corner" contains songs from the following albums: "It's Not Unusual" (1965), "There Is" (1968), "The Dells' Musical Menu/Always Together" (1969)(yes, both names apply to this album, but it was also released as "Musical Meny" only - same album cover), and finally, one song appeared on "Freedom Means" (1971). Look at this to get a better picture!:
http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/the_dells

I'll upload a few gaps in the following days (if it's not been taken care of already!). /Chris from Stockholm

Anonymous said...

OK, a few more observations: On your list, the album "The Dells" is actually from 1973, and not 1969 (I know there are some discogs on the web that lists this as from 1969). Check this out for a solid discog:

http://www.soulcellar.co.uk/dells/DellsDiscography.htm

Moreover, "Dreams of Contentment" and "Vol 2" are both early material compilations. Missing from the list are "Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Suite" (as opposed to the "Open Up My Heart: The 9/11 Album". Slightly different track list. And finally,
after a phenomenal 56 years performing together, and 47 years with the same lineup (!), the Dells released an album in early 2008 called "Then And Now", which combines new material with their classic recordings. /Chris from Stockholm

Anonymous said...

Almost forgot: Oh, What A Night (Cadet 1970) is compilation. /Chris from Stockholm

Anonymous said...

The debut album from 1959:

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534943/Oh__What_A_Night.rar.html

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

Anonymous said...

The Dell Musical Menu / Always Together (Cadet 1969)

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534944/The_Dells__Musical_Menu_Always_Together.rar.html

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

PS! This is the same album as Musical Menu – so you can erase that item from the list

Anonymous said...

We Got To Get Our Thing Together (Cadet 1975)

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534948/We_Got_To_Get_Our_Thing_Together.rar.html

Please note that two songs are deliberately omitted, i.e. track 6 “Love Is Missing From Our Lives” (feat. The Dramatics) had already appeared a year earlier on the 1974 album “The Dells vs The Dramatics” and track no. 10 “You Don't Care” is recycled from the 1973 album “Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation”.

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

PS! Compare (Google!) the album cover of this LP with the Canadian soul group Sweet Blindness (formerly The Statlers) excellent album from 1976 called “Music You Can Ride On”. Whaddayaknow!!

Anonymous said...

We Got To Get Our Thing Together (Cadet 1975)

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534948/We_Got_To_Get_Our_Thing_Together.rar.html

Please note that two songs are deliberately omitted, i.e. track 6 “Love Is Missing From Our Lives” (feat. The Dramatics) had already appeared a year earlier on the 1974 album “The Dells vs The Dramatics” and track no. 10 “You Don't Care” is recycled from the 1973 album “Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation”.

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

PS! Compare (Google!) the album cover of this LP with the Canadian soul group Sweet Blindness (formerly The Statlers) excellent album from 1976 called “Music You Can Ride On”. Whaddayaknow!!

Anonymous said...

As you know, The Dells had a long recording career before they released their first full-length album: Here are some 45’s from the 50’s and early 60’s. If you want more, look for compilations like “Rockin’ On Bandstand” (Charly 1983)” or “From Streetcorner To Soul” (Charly 1984).

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534947/The_Dells__Early_Recordings.rar.html

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

Anonymous said...

The Dells contributed with two songs to the 1991 movie Five Heartbeats soundtrack (a movie that was loosely based on the Dell’s career). The songs were “A Heart Is A House For Love”, which was new, as well as “Stay In My Corner”, which can be found as three
versions throughout the discography (and which is why I’m not including it here). Often mistaken to be a Dells song “Nights Like This” was actually performed by After 7.

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534942/Five_HeartBeats_OST.rar.html

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

Anonymous said...

Finally, here’s a treat: Not so widely known, The Dells contributed a newly penned (and good, too!) song called “You Promised Me” to the French gritty movie “Comme Un Aimant” (Like A Magnet) from 2000 (great soundtrack, by the way). When you listen to this suggestive song, bear in mind that our friends at that time were all drawing close to 70 years old… Would your grandpa be able to pull off a song like this:

http://rapidshare.com/files/173534941/Comme_Un_Aimant_OST.rar.html

Enjoy!
Chris from Stockholm

Sly said...

Chris from Stockholm
"Would your grandpa be able to pull off a song like this"
LOL :D :D

great job! :)

Mr. Moo said...

Another Compilation

The Dells : Oh What A Night (1989)

http://rapidshare.com/files/203335998/The_Dells__Oh_What_A_Night__1989__.rar

Chris T said...

Hi, Could someone please repost The debut album from 1959: Oh What A Nite & The_Dells__Early_Recordings (early 45's.
Much thanks.

Anonymous said...

good idea... but why..oh why the 128bit rate???? worthless. Anybody who really enjoy listening to music just despises this compression rate.what a waste of time..sic.

iRoNy_45 said...

Would you be so kind to repost the 1975 [Cadet] album" We got to get our thing together?The link is no longer valid!

iRoNy

Tommy said...

The "Oh What a Nite" (1959) album is down, can you please re-up?

Thank you!

Mr. Moo said...

Ultimate Collection (2004):

http://rapidshare.com/files/237936635/The_Dells__Ultimate_Collection__2004__.rar

SelfScience said...

Thanks Mr. Moo, Linked up now

iRoNy_45 said...

2nd request for We Got To Get Our Thing Together: 1975 by The Dells. I did a request on the 17th of april. No matter I didn;t hear anything form you!

Could you please re-post the album? The link is "dead"!

iRonY

SelfScience said...

@ Irony: link has been updated.

k02 said...

Thanks could you please re upload the musical menu and always together albums please.

iRoNy_45 said...

Can anyone please post the album: Reminiscing by The Dells?

Muchas Gracias!

iRoNy_45

Anonymous said...

Your right..only an idiot would post at 128....

titou18 said...

merci
incroyables "dells".
pour_The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest Hits, Cadet, 1972.new link:
http://rapidshare.com/files/81573333/Dells-Dionne.rar
bye

DJ OLDSPICE said...

HEY CAN U UPLOAD THE DELLS VS THE DRAMATICS ALBUM FROM 1974 AGAIN PLEASE!!

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Moe said...

Any chance for reupload of the Ultimate Collection?

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