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One-derful Mar-V-Lus Move With The Groove Various Artists 2CD
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!
 
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