Secret Stash - The One-derful! Collection (2xLP)

Secret Stash - The One-derful! Collection (2xLP)

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The first installment of the One-derful! Collection focuses on the namesake imprint of this legendary Chicago label group – to be followed by compilations of the Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin' Town sub-labels. It marks the first in-depth study of what was once one of Chicago’s most prominent African-American run labels.
 

Within the grooves of these 25 tracks lie orchestrated soul classics from McKinley Mitchell and Betty Everett, raucous mid-1960s R&B dancers from the Five Du-Tones which shake every bone, superb deep soul ballads from Otis Clay, and extraordinary group harmony sides from The Sharpees and The Admirations, plus 12 tracks that have never been issued!
 

Central to One-derful! is the Leaner family. By 1962 when brothers George and Ernie Leaner started One-derful! Records, they were revered figures on Chicago's Record Row and beyond. They distributed material from labels like Motown and Stax and One-derful! attracted top talent. It wasn't uncommon for a WVON DJ to help One-derful! sign their newest discovery, or for their singers, musicians, songwriters, or producers to have Chess or Motown on their resumes. Nearly 20 years prior, George and Ernie started work at their sister's Groove Record Shop. Before long, George was an assistant to legendary blues producer Lester Melrose, and later the brothers helped run Parkway Records – recording historic 78s featuring Little Walter and Muddy Waters. They did all of this before launching United Record Distributors in 1950 – regarded as the nation's first black owned record distributor. In addition, their uncle Al Benson was the most influential Radio DJ on Chicago's South Side. His on-air support and occasional partnerships with the Chess brothers proved crucial to their early success. He also helped many DJs get their start, including Vivian Carter who later formed Vee-Jay Records. In fact, United Record Distributors hosted her wedding. The Leaner name also turns up in connection with many of the greats in blues and soul: George Leaner produced an early release for Berry Gordy's Tamla label, and in the 1970s Ernie Leaner and Stax's Al Bell partnered to form Ernie's Onestop and a chain of Record World stores. 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.

TRACK LIST

Side A

Artist: Otis Clay
Got To Find A Way (alternate)*

Artist: The Sharpees
The Sock

Artist: Joe & Mack
The Prettiest Girl

Artist: The Five Du-Tones
When You Get That Feeling*

Artist: Lucky Laws
Who Is She

Artist: McKinley Mitchell
What Love Will Make You Do*

Artist: Betty Everett
Please Love Me

Side B

Artist: The Sharpees
Take Me To Your Leader*

Artist: The Rockmasters
A Wonderful Thing (Love)

Artist: Mary Silvers
Here Comes My Baby*

Artist: Beverly Shaffer
Meet Me Halfway*

Artist: Liz Lands
Seventh Hour*

Artist: The Admirations
All For You

Side C

Artist: The Five Du-Tones
Shake A Tail Feather

Artist: The Sharpees
Do The 45"

Artist: Otis Clay
Thank You Love*

Artist: McKinley Mitchell
The Town I Live In

Artist: Liz Lands
I'm Guilty*

Artist: Betty Everett
Your Love Is Important To Me

Side D

Artist: The Five Du-Tones
Enjoy Yourself*

Artist: McKinley Mitchell
Now That You're Gone*

Artist: Jay Jordan
The Man of The Town

Artist: The Admirations
Don't Leave Me

Artist: Beverly Shaffer
Happy Times*

Artist: Otis Clay
A Lasting Love
* indicates unreleased