Saturday, April 21, 2012

Lou Ragland

Lou Ragland - So Dam Funky
Lou Ragland - Understand Each Other

It's a box set of the prolific songwriter who excelled in many modes of soul. It's 3 LPs of his early stuff - all arguably on par with Motown, but much more conceptual. His first LP is a mix of stripped down vocal numbers and instrumentals, which would have been rare in 1971. Also included is his "spiritual soul" second LP, Understand Each Other, an unreleased live LP, and many other unreleased/rare sides. It's a great package highlighting an artist who's been shorted his due, not unlike what Numero's done with Syl Johnson; deeply steeped in funk and soul.

I Travel Alone is available courtesy of Numero Group