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Tuesday, Mar 10 2015 | 09:23
Image: 1595936 The third installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses M-Pac!, the blues
and hard soul imprint of this legendary R&B label group. M-Pac! is preceded
by the One-derful! and Mar-V-Lus compilations and will be followed by
releases of the Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town sub-labels. This series marks
the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent
African-American run labels.
M-Pac! Records is available in 2xLP and CD formats, and within the grooves
of these 24 tracks lie superb group harmonies from The Ringleaders and
The Accents, gritty hard soul leads from Willie Parker and Stacy Johnson,
and songs from one of Chicago’s most under-appreciated soul shouters in
Harold Burrage, plus 10 tracks that were never issued!
Central to M-Pac! is the Leaner family. By 1962 when brothers George and
Ernie Leaner added M-Pac! as a sub-label to their One-derful! label, they
were revered figures on Chicago’s Record Row and beyond. They distributed
material from labels like Motown and Stax and they attracted top talent. It
wasn’t uncommon for a WVON DJ to help the Leaners sign their newest
discovery, or for their singers, musicians, songwriters, or producers to have
Chess or Motown on their resumes. The Leaner family were among the
most important black businessmen of music’s golden era, yet much of their
history has only been superficially documented until now.
Between 1962 and 1971, the One-derful! family of labels released 180+
45s of stunning soul, funk, and gospel. Over two years of painstaking
research and work, including countless hours spent cataloging, transferring,
and mastering 250 of the label’s tapes, has contributed to an amazingly
extensive reissue collection. In addition, some of the world’s leading experts
have contributed liner notes and interviewed virtually every known surviving
artist, producer, and otherwise involved party. In total, the six volumes of the
One-derful! Collection include 12 LPs/6 CDs with 147 tracks, 57 which were
never issued, and 144 pages of 12” x 12” liner notes stuffed full of rare and
never before seen photos and memorabilia. Spanning 1962 to 1971, these
compilations bring forth a wealth of overlooked and never before heard
recordings and history.

01. Willie Parker - I Live The Life I
02. The Accents - New Girl
03. The Ringleaders - All of My
04. Harold Burrage - Bad Situation*
05. Dorothy Prince - Hey Mister
06. Andrew Tibbs - Change of
07. Bobby Davis - Damper Down
08. Maurice Dollison & The
Turnkeys - The Earth Worm PT. I
09. Willie Parker - Let Me Make It
Up To You*
10. Harold Burrage - Things Ain’t
What They Used To Be (Since
You’ve Been Gone)
11. The Ringleaders - I’d Like to Win
You Over*
12. Benny Turner - Angel*
13. Harold Burrage- Mountain of
14. Stacy Johnson - I Stand Alone
15. Willie Parker - Never In A
Million Years*
16. The Ringleaders - Baby, What
Has Happened To Our Love
17. Big Daddy Simpson - Lonely
18. The Accents - Do You Need A
Good Man
19. Stacy Johnson - Don’t Try To
Fool Me
20. Harold Burrage - Got To Find A
Way (Extended Version)
21. Willie Parker- So Glad*
22. Benny Turner - Come Back
23. The Ringleaders - Let’s Start
24. Dorothy Prince - Every Night
*=unreleased” Available from 27.03.2015
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