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Genre > Soul, R&B, Funk
Listen To My Song: The Music City SessionsBorn and bred in Berkeley, California, Darondo (given name William Daron Pulliam) first played professionally at the age of 18 in The Witnesses, a blue-eyed soul troupe resident at East Bay teen club the Lucky 13 in the 60s, but it wasnt until the early 70s that the singer-guitarist hit his stride.
When Darondo signed with Ray Dobards Music City label in August of 1973, he brought along a superb stash of self-penned tunes, arranged by musical mentor John Al Tanner, and all cut in two marathon all-night sessions. Even with overdubbed strings, horns and keyboards, the results were righteously funky; Memphis-tinged, for sure, but equal in its conveyance of the urgent street vibe of the East Bay.
The album offers the complete sessions while the special vinyl edition approximates the album that Darondo should have issued in 1974, but Ray Dobards notorious parsimony and hubris meant singer and label parted company far too quickly, leaving only the Music City 45 of Didnt I as evidence of their brief association.
In interviews Darondo often references the lost Music City album. And with good reason: he was at the top of his game, focused, creative, and moving exceptionally fast to use a cherished phrase, cuttin up! Thus, Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions provides some closure as well as indisputable evidence, should you need it, that Darondo is one of the greats.1. I Don't Understand It
2. I'm Gonna Love You
3. Didn't I
4. Luscious Lady
5. Saving My Love
6. Gimme Some
7. Get Up Off Your Butt
8. I'm Lonely
9. Do You Really Love Me
10. Listen To My Song
$18.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-JacFirst Ever Collection Of Parker’s Classic Singles
Pressed On Yellow Vinyl
Ru-Jac Records, one of the nation’s first African-American owned record labels, was formed in Baltimore in the early 1960s by Rufus Mitchell, who booked East Coast entertainment venues including Carr’s Beach, a segregated summer resort near Annapolis. Ru-Jac was active into the 1970s and featured R&B, soul, funk, jazz and even rock acts. The most frequently recorded Ru-Jac artist was Winfield Parker.
Parker cut 17 recordings for Ru-Jac, the 45s of which have fetched top dollar on the collectors market, as people have hungered for this vintage sound. When Omnivore Recordings acquired Ru-Jac in 2015, even more recordings were discovered. The original singles, along with six previously unissued tracks, are finally available as Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac. Omnivore Recordings will release the collection March 25, 2016, on CD and digital. The LP will be available June 10, first limited-edition pressing on orange vinyl.
From “My Love” to “I Love You Just The Same” to the collection’s title track, “Mr. Clean,” this compilation presents Parker at his most soulful, along with alternate takes, demos, backing tracks and songs unheard since they were first laid to tape over five decades ago. With mastering and restoration from Grammy® Award-winner Michael Graves, they sound better than ever.
In 2013, the Global Entertainment Media Association honored Winfield with a Golden Mic Honor, alongside contemporaries like Gamble & Huff, the Three Degrees, Barbara Mason, and others. He is celebrating 58 years in the music business in 2016, and the material on Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac showcases the root of that legendary career, paving the way for a new generation of appreciation, re-examination, and soul.
The Winfield Parker release is the first to be realized out of Omnivore’s acquisition of Ru-Jac Records and its publishing assets. Omnivore Recordings’ Cheryl Pawelski says, “Omnivore is so pleased to have acquired Ru-Jac Records and its accompanying publishing entities, Diddy Bop and Ru-Jac. Authentic East Coast ’60s soul is impossible to resist, and we’re looking forward to the first release, Winfield Parker’s Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac with more to follow. By the end of the year we’re hoping to have at least one additional artist collection available, as well as a label overview. The Ru-Jac story centers around its founder, Rufus Mitchell, a promoter of live shows in the Baltimore area, including one of the first African American-controlled beaches, Carr’s Beach. The 45s that spun out of Ru-Jac offer a tantalizing, never-before told, audio history of a time and place that we can’t wait for everyone to hear.”1. My Love For You – Little Winfield Parker
2. One Of These Mornings – Little Winfield Parker
3. When I’m Alone
4. Rockin’ In The Barnyard
5. I Love You Just The Same (Version 1) – Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
6. My Love – Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
7. Go Away Playgirl
9. Sweet Little Girl – Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
10. What Do You Say? – Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
11. She’s So Pretty
12. Oh My Love
13. I Love You Just The Same (Version 2)
14. A Fallen Star
15. Mr. Clean (Part 1)
16. Mr. Clean (Part 2)
17. Funkey Party
$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
Together Forever: The Music City SessionsThe Two Things In One are a band that by rights should have been huge. The precociously talented, soulful quintet were popular in the early '70s in their native San Francisco Bay area, with the three local hit singles, "Silly Song," "Together Forever" and "Overdose," all sought after vinyl items today.
With an average age of 16 at the time these tracks were recorded for the legendary Music City label, this self-contained unit blended Stevie Wonder-like vocal chops and Meters/JB grooves with a rare ability for transforming unlikely covers like the Allman Brothers' "Dreams" and CSNY's "Ohio" into deeply funky workouts. During their time together, The Two Things In One recorded more than an album's worth of superb, mostly original material, all of which can now be heard on Together Forever: The Music City Sessions.
Members later played with Tower of Power, Maze, Sly & The Family Stone and the Two Things In One story is a fascinating rundown of what could have been. Produced in full cooperation with the band, Together Forever: The Music City Sessions gives props to an unheralded yet remarkably talented combo.1. Let's Get It Together
2. Over Dose (Of Your Love)
3. Snag Nasty
4. Silly Song
6. Stop Telling Me
7. Walk On By
9. You're No Good
10. Together Forever
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