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Lou Bond [Extra tracks, Import]

Lou Bond Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Light in the Attic
  • ASIN: B0034K7QWS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lucky Me 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. To the Establishment11:19Album Only
Listen  4. Let Me Into Your life 6:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be 6:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Come on Snob 7:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I'm So in Love - Motherless Child (Live, Previously Unreleased) 2:400.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

In this musical world where everything seems to be re-appraised with alarming regularity, Lou Bond’s sole album from 1974 is a genuine unearthed curio.

The mysterious Bond came from Memphis. Captured on the cover in full soul troubadour mode walking down suburban streets, he had made a couple of singles in the 60s, and then nothing until these six tracks. The album was released on Tom Nixon’s Stax subsidiary, We Produce, and disappeared almost immediately.

Influenced undoubtedly by Isaac Hayes (producer Nixon had worked extensively with him), folk music and David Van DePitte’s orchestrations for Marvin Gaye, Bond set about creating his own magnum opus. To do so, he worked with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the South Memphis Horns, as well as some sundry Bar-Kays. It is an album that could only have been made in the 1970s.

Bond is a caring, socially aware love man. His version of Jimmy Webb’s Lucky Me, although a little tentative on the high notes, sets the tone: swooning melodies and symphonic settings. Everything is given time to develop: he takes Bill Withers’ Let Me Into Your Life and triples the length of the two-minute original.

The core of the album is protest. Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards looks to solve world conflicts, mentioning Northern Ireland in the same song as North and South Vietnam. Powerful and emotional, Bond ironically sings America the Beautiful, before addressing domestic issues in the US.

Although OutKast sampled it back in the last century, the album’s undoubted highlight, To the Establishment, has been known only to the cognoscenti. It explores family politics over 12 unhurried minutes of expansive soul. It is one of the best songs you’ve never heard.

For something so ambitious to have remained so hidden is astonishing. Lou Bond is Sunday morning, it is sensuality. It’s Terry Callier blended with Nick Drake. People have called it a masterpiece, but as you can see by the wealth of its reference points, it is a little too derivative really to be at that level. But it is a delightful, esoteric find, and an album you need in your life. --Daryl Easlea

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost classic 22 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album has been whispered about for many years on various soul forums/sites.A vinyl original copy can demand a considerable ammount of money.Well this new re-issue has been digitally re-mastered and not before time!
Raved about by other reviewers (BBC) and rightly so. This simple recording made by Bond should have been a musical milestone but sadly it passed most record buyers by as it was badly marketed because Stax records really where confused by the material. The 36 page booklet included is an interesting account of the albums creation and the subsequeant dissappearance and relocation of Bond as he faded into a life of drink,drugs and drifting around the USA.The booklet states if Bond had been white the album would have sold which at the time would have probably been true.With regard to the music you could describe it as acoustic soul that might have influenced the likes of India Arie if she had been born over thirty years ago. Obvious parallels are somewhere between Gil Scott Heron and Issac Hayes.Bond refused to blinker his musical tastes with any specific genre and he was equally influencd by rock,country and western music in his youth, aswell as more traditional gospel music.
There is a slightly melancholic beauty to these bitter sweet songs which is uniquely poignant,reflecting in many ways the sad and lonely upbringing that Bond endured.Knowing that this record has waited all this time to be re-discovered makes it exceptional. Bond's delivery may not always be word perfect and he may sometimes drift a little out of key (he has a speech impediment)but in the same way these traits make Bob Dylan's music remarkable this applies to Bond's voice.Seven tracks of beauty offers far more value than many CDs on offer today.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lost classic 2 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
This really is a lost classic being way too ahead of its time though it does have a lot in comman with marvin gaye and isaac hayes it also has influences of nick drake and other folk etc beautiful orchestral arrangements and something to say as well it also reminds me of winter in america by gil scott heron for its raw emotion. In short get it and discover a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I've ever bought! 25 Oct 2013
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I bought this album after hearing Come On Snob on (Everything But The Girl's) Ben Watt's Six Mix show. It is one of the best soul albums I've ever bought. It's on my shelf between Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life. My only regret is I didn't buy it in the 1970's. Every song is a gem. Highly recommended if you like Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars great songs 17 Feb 2011
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I came upon this cd through reviews in portuguese newspapers - what a find! I've placed it among my Curtis, Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes alltime soul classics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Unique Memphis Masterpiece 7 Mar 2011
By G. Todd Jr. - Published on
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I have replaced almost all of my old vinyl with cd's over the decades but there are a few things that I've continued to search for (usually in vain) on compact disc hoping for rediscovery by later generations. Lou Bond is one of those.

It's an almost indescribable record that I first heard on underground FM radio in 1974, and like another legendary Stax subsidiary artist, Big Star, the label's financial woes and imminent demise spelled doom for promotion or widespread distribution. These albums went almost straight to cutout bins.

Bond's album is a unique blend of gentle jazzy street folk and a busker's weary world view. There are hints of Richie Havens, Isaac Hayes, Ted Hawkins and even Marvin Gaye wrapped with a unique Memphis aura. The label, We Produce, was a subsidiary of Stax during company head, Al Bell's eclectic tenure. The lengthy liner notes recount a sad familiar story of triumph and loss. Yet that very dichotomy lends to the excitement of discovery for anyone who seeks the gem that slips between the cracks.

Trust me, if you buy this disc, you will not regret it.

[As an aside, the 3 star review by "Lucy" is an example of a growing trend with certain Amazon reviewers: commentary on books or music that the writer seems to know very little about-- usually to get their "review count" up. She refers, for example, to "We Produce" as if it's the name of the album, whereas, it was the name of the original Stax subsidiary releasing the album!]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous unique soul 12 Oct 2011
By Craig M. Stewart - Published on
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Can't think of anything like this from this part of the '70s. Yeah, can be felt as dark with some of the sounds but listen to his voice and the strings and flutes. Who has a voice like his? Get this y'all. It's astounding. "Come On Snob" is an amazing way to end a record like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique blend of soul, folk and jazz. 14 Dec 2012
By Shoppedd - Published on
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It's very hard to categorize this artist. But the music is fantastic. It's hard to choose between the songs on this album, but I think my favorite song is called "Snob." It's so ethereal and makes you think about people and their actions. Good work, Mr. Bond.
4.0 out of 5 stars obscure 70s soul LP reissued 18 May 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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I read a rave review of this CD reissue in Mojo Magazine a few months ago and was intrigued enough to order it from Amazon. Hearing the first track, a cover of a Jimmy Webb tune called "Lucky Me," I wasn't that impressed. I thought it sounded like slick, mainstream soul with syrupy strings and a singer that didn't quite cut it. But by the end of that song something struck me in Bond's plaintive vocals and I kept listening. And with each song on this CD, I became more and more entranced, caught up in the feeling in these songs, in the political slant to some of the lyrics, and I became more and more impressed.

Very hard to describe this sound, really. Lou Bond has a very earthy, soulful vocal style, straying into pop and jazz and blues territory at times, before planting himself back firmly in southern soul terrain. I'm still not crazy about some of the string arrangements on these songs. I think if the sound had been more stripped down and funky it would have been even more awesome, but this was recorded back in 1974 and it is what it is. And that's still a mighty fine, honestly moving album that soul fans NEED to hear. Another cover on here, Carly Simon's "That's the Way I Always Heard It Should Be" is positively mind-blowing, and the song following that, "Come On Snob," is possibly the highlight of the album. A brilliant, passionate vocal performance by Lou Bond on that track. Chilling stuff.

This reissue was put out by the Light in the Attic label, the ones who helped to put Rodriquez back on the musical map a few years back. Too bad they couldn't have worked the same magic for Lou Bond while he was alive; sadly, he passed away early in 2013. But this CD counts as his legacy, and it's a mighty good one. Listen up, soak it up, and enjoy!
0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Lucy Tonic - Published on
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We Produce contains many tracks that are direct political and social statements, such as "To the Establishment" and "Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards." Others are more comical and satirical, such as "Come on Snob" and "Lucky Me."

The artist is backed on this album by the likes of The Horns of South Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's string section, who are also both synonymous with anonymity.


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