The complete Okeh label recordings from the mighty Major Lance – a crucial chapter in Chicago soul, finally given its due! Back
in the day, Major Lance was as important to Windy City soul as better-remembered artists like Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, or Curtis Mayfield – and in fact, Mayfield is a key part of these recordings, as he provided a big number of tracks for the Major – some that were later recorded by The Impressions, and lots more that were exclusive hits for Lance! Plus, the work here features formative studio genius from producers Mayfield and Carl Davis – both talents who'd go on to shape Chicago soul strongly for years to come – as well as great arrangements by Johnny Pate, Riley Hampton, and Sonny Sanders – some of the hippest cats to ever work in soul. Think of the whole thing as a mighty blueprint for Chicago soul for years to come – but one that can also stand more than strongly enough on its own – thanks to a whopping assortment of 53 tracks that includes "Girls", "Rhythm", "It Ain't No Use", "Dark & Lonely", "Watusi", "The Bird", "Everytime", "It's All Right", "Little Young Lover", "Gonna Get Married", "The Matador", "I'm The One", "Get My Hat", "Play A Song For Me", "Little Miss Love", "Forever", "It's The Beat
", "Ain't No Soul", "Everybody Loves A Good Time", "Ain't It A Shame", "Come See", "I'm So Lost", "Sweet Music", "Just One Look", "What's Happening", and "Hitchhike".