These 16 tracks were recorded in two all night sessions at the Music City Recording
Studio in 73 and 74. Darondo comes on like a grittier version of Al Green and cooks
up a range of rhythm and blues styles, from JBs influenced funk in "Get up off your
butt" to ballads with a grief-strucken falsetto in songs like "Didn't I" or "Listen
to my song".
Comparisons to Al Green is both easy and unfair to make. His voice, the phrasing and
the music has similarities. Like Green he shifts from a moaning tenor to a high falsetto
in the same song. His falsetto isn't always supersmooth. Sometimes it sounds as it's
going to dissolve, but his voice had a certain swagger about it and the emotions run
A lot of these songs are basically demos, and I'm going to skip some of them whenever
I play the album, but the songs that work, like "Didn't I", "Luscious Lady", "Get up
off your butt", "The Wolf", "Listen to my song" and "I'm lonely", work to wonderful
effect. At first I thought the arrangements were a bit thin, but a lot of them are flat
out gorgeous, with violin swells, short and sweet flute parts, harmonica, organ, horns
and Darondo's guitar work; a fingerpicking, funky strumming.
Dorondo's cult reputation have been based on only a few songs. "Listen to my song"
should give him a much bigger audience and some well deserved recognition. When he
was asked about these recordings, Dorondo answered "This is the root. You got the root!"