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Various Artists - Move With The Groove - The One-derful Mar-V-Lus Story (Double CD)



Nearly fifty years on it's hard to comprehend just how important Chicago was in the history of soul music. Today there is little regional music anywhere in the US and certainly no regional labels servicing their populations with local talent the way many did in the early 1960s. Chess, Vee-Jay, Curtom and Mercury spring readily to mind but this collection highlights another Chicago cluster of merit and importance.

Inspired by three critically acclaimed volumes of Chicago soul released by Charly Records in 1998 Move With The Groove celebrates a group of labels founded by the Leaner Brothers: Mar-V-Lus, One-Derful, M-Pac and Toddlin' Town. This 50-track selection retains many of the classics included on those ground-breaking CDs alongside 20 titles not originally featured.

The set includes Otis Clay, Alvin Cash, Harold Burrage, Betty Everett and Lonnie Brooks alongside arguably the label's most famous track, 'Shake A Tail Feather' by The Five Dutones. One of the greatest dance 45rpms of all time, the song was taken to international fame when performed by Ray Charles in the movie, The Blues Brothers, while Mar-V-Lus' biggest seller was undoubtedly the infectious 'Twine Time' by Alvin Cash.

Housed in a deluxe digibook, this 2CD set pays fitting tribute to one of Chicago's great music powerhouses with a memorabilia-laden booklet complete with a full history of the labels and potted biographies of the featured artists. What better title than Move With The Groove for a collection which explores soul through dance beats, doo wop, blues and funk. To paraphrase Symtec & Wylie's track it's Sockin' Soul Power all the way!

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Tracks

Disc 1
1. BOBBY DAVIS Damper Down
2. LONNIE BROOKS (GUITAR JR.) The Popeye
3. LONNIE BROOKS (GUITAR JR.) Mr. Hot Shot
4. McKINLEY MITCHELL The Town I Live In
5. BETTY EVERETT I've Got A Claim On You
6. BENNY TURNER Come Back Home
7. HAROLD BURRAGE Master Key
8. BIG DADDY ROGERS Be My Lawyer
9. BIG DADDY ROGERS I'm A Big Man
10.THE FIVE DU-TONES Shake A Tail Feather
11.DOROTHY PRINCE If I Could Live My Life
12.BILLY 'THE KID' EMERSON The Whip Pt. 1
13.THE FIVE DU-TONES That's How I Love You
14.JOHNNY SAYLES Don't Turn Your Back On Me
15.JOHNNY SAYLES You Told A Lie
16.McKINLEY MITCHELL Tell It Like It Is
17.LUCKY LAWS Who Is She
18.THE ACCENTS New Girl
19.JOHNNY SAYLES You Did Me Wrong
20.ALVIN CASH & THE CRAWLERS Twine Time
21.JOE & MACK Don't You Worry
22.THE SHARPEES Do The 45
23.HAROLD BURRAGE Got To Find A Way
24.BEVERLY SHAFFER Where Will You Be Boy
25.THE DU-ETTES Every Beat Of My Heart

Disc 2
1. THE SHARPEES Tired Of Being Lonely
2. BIG DADDY SIMPSON Give Me Back My Ring
3. CICERO BLAKE Sad Feeling
4. JOSEPH MOORE I Still Can't Get You
5. ALVIN CASH & THE REGISTERS The Philly Freeze
6. JOSEPHINE TAYLOR What Is Love
7. ANDREW TIBBS I Made A Mistake
8. HAROLD BURRAGE More Power To You
9. STACY JOHNSON I Stand Alone
10.JOSEPHINE TAYLOR Ordinary Guy
11.LIZ LANDS One Man's Poison
12.THE ADMIRATIONS Wait Til I Get To Know You
13.MISS MADELINE Behave Yourself
14.THE ULTIMATIONS Without You
15.THE ULTIMATIONS Would I Do It Over
16.OTIS CLAY That's How It Is (When You're In Love)
17.WYLIE DIXON Gotta Hold On
18.OTIS CLAY A Lasting Love
19.WILLIE PARKER You Got Your Finger In My Eye
20.ALVIN CASH Keep On Dancin'
21.BULL & THE MATADORS The Funky Judge
22.THOMAS EAST & THE FABULOUS PLAYBOYS I Get A Groove
23.SIMTEC & WYLIE Socking Soul Power
24.BULL & THE MATADORS Move With The Groove
25.TODDLIN TOWN SOUNDS It's Your Thing

 




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