Darondo
Listen to My Song

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     COLOURED vinyl 

2015 EU reissue on 180g coloured LP-features Darondo's most well-known songs, "Didn't I" and "Listen To My Song" and previously unissued songs from the 1973-74 sessions.It's been hot news in funk/soul circles: the recent discovery of Darondo'...

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Release date: 24-05-2015 (originally released in 2011)
2015 EU reissue on 180g coloured LP-features Darondo's most well-known songs, "Didn't I" and "Listen To My Song" and previously unissued songs from the 1973-74 sessions.It's been hot news in funk/soul circles: the recent discovery of Darondo's Music City master tapes. Here are 16 slices of Bay Area funk and idiosyncratic soul ballads from 1972-74 (also available on vinyl LP, though that tops out at 10 cuts). Both include his local hit Didn't I plus Gimme Some; I'm Lonely; Listen to My Song; Saving My Love; Get Up off Your Butt; I Don't Understand It , and more! 
Tracks:
A1 I Don't Understand  
A2 I'm Gonna Love You  
A3 Didn't I  
A4 Luscious Lady  
A5 Saving My Love  
A6 Gimme Some
B1 Get Up Off Your Butt  
B2 I'm Lonely  
B3 Do You Really Love Me  
B4 Listen To My Song
He looked like a young, pimped-out Eddie Murphy and sang like a somewhat deranged disciple of Al Green, but that was just part of the reason a small but fervent cult of '70s soul aficionados considers Bay Area character Darondo one of the great lost artists of his generation. His story, which includes being a sharp (and young) real estate businessman, railroad electrician, well-known TV talk show host, world traveler, and even an experienced chess player, is rightly the stuff of legend. It's detailed by historian Alec Palao in the comprehensive book that accompanies this 16-track set of recently found songs from Darondo's short heyday.

Only a few, including "Didn't I," a regional West Coast hit, have been previously released, the rest were thought lost to time due to the usual shady label shenanigans that are also explained in the notes. 
Even though these tunes are not totally finished, they are far from raw and some include backing vocals, harmonica, horns, flute, and strings to flesh out the basic rhythm tracks. The music, recorded in 1973-1974 and intended for the Music City imprint, is your basic Southern-tinged funk and soul, but it's Darondo's loose, often lascivious, and always committed vocals that push this from being pretty good to pretty great. He grunts like James Brown, shifts to falsetto when the energy calls for it (as on the tough "Gimme Some"), and generally leads the primarily unnamed batch of musicians through their paces with a sharp sense of dynamics. Some of Darondo's tunes have surprisingly turned up in the soundtracks to a handful of late-2000s television shows. He even performed at 2008's SXSW festival and 2012's Bonnaroo, further whetting soul fan's appetites for this collection and tentatively getting back to live shows. Based on his gutsy and sometimes slightly unhinged vocals on the stomping blues of "I'm Lonely," this is a treat for soul history fans and, if not quite essential listening, a key piece of R&B history that places Darondo as one of the many could-have-been greats of his generation.
Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: COLOURED vinyl
Label: BGP
Originally released: 2011
This release: 2015
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