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One Man Band (Bonus Tracks) [Extra tracks]

Ronnie Dyson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00968THW4
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this recording. 1 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this recording.
I have no words propably one of top 50 best soulalbum ever.
You must buy it,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Right Down To It 17 Aug 2013
By colcon
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This is Ronnie Dyson's second album, from 1973, with SIX bonus non-album tracks. It's Motown-meets-Philly with a bit of Northern Soul, funk and disco chucked in for good measure! Supper club soul? Not a bit of it - the tunes are mostly superb, Ronnie's voice is both powerful and aching plus the arrangements, production and remastering are first class.

Things kick off with the title track, a US hit, written and produced by Philly stalwarts Thom Bell/Linda Creed. It's fantastically poignant - the tale of someone determined to always be on the outside looking in - and reminds you of a VERY superior Stylistics single. Then there's a wonderful cover of the Delfonics hit "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", which has diametrically opposed lyrical sentiments to the title track!!

"Give Into Love" has an intriguing arrangement - at one point it sounds like an electronic harpsichord in the mix! Then there's his UK hit, "When You Get Right Down To It", an aching masterpiece. One of the best tracks is the enigmatically titled "A Wednesday In Your Garden", written by - of all people - The Guess Who's Randy Bachman! It's a tale of someone desperately trying to leave a failed relationship and Ronnie gives his all here, his tenor soaring to the heavens one minute and down in the depths of despair the next; there's some very dramatic orchestrations here!!

A cover of The Beatles' "Something" isn't that strange since The Fab Four always held a fascination for black American musicians. Sandie Shaw's "Girl Don't Come" though seems, at first, bizarre beyond belief! However, Ronnie acquits himself well on both tracks, with some particularly dramatic orchestral and piano flourishes on "Something".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 19 Dec 2012
By Lincoln - Published on
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The entire album is good. The album was already released by Collectables record with the songs from another Columbia album "If you let me make love to you". The great thing here is the inclusion of the song "Life and Breath" as a bonus track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dyson is one smooth dude 17 Nov 2012
By Mase - Published on
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I must admit I was not at all familiar with the music of Ronnie Dyson. It wasn't until I checked his Wiki page that I made the connection with his performance in the Broadway Play 'Hair'. Upon listening to 'One Man Band', I'm quite happy with the album. Dyson was an ultra smooth cat but he didn't just do slow songs. He was comfortable with any tempo. A few of his songs are reminiscent of Broadway show tunes (if that's your thing), but the majority are just smooth soul music that sounds good on a Saturday evening when you're with the one you love. Whether you want to dance or just cuddle.

Here we have another great release from Purpose Music Vaults that includes 6 bonus tracks....SIX BONUS TRACKS?? Who does that? All six bonus tracks were new to me. I'm listening to 'Captain of Your Soul' right now and it's a funky 3 minute romp. I can tell that track is going to be put on repeat in the immediate future. As usual, the Purpose Music Vault's sound quality is second to none. Packaged very smartly, the inserts are a bevy of musical information for you historians. Quality package. Five stars just for the quality of the merchandise...Another 5 for the music. PMV doing it big

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Soul Music served well. 9 Nov 2012
By Ebnerstrasse - Published on
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Lovingly remastered and package reissue of this sweet Philly soul classic from 1973. Featuring production from the legendary Thom Bell and 6 bonus tracks, this album is essential for fans of classic soul. Features two Top 100 singles; the title track and Just Don't Want to be Lonely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one for lovers of Philly Soul 21 Feb 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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Ronnie Dyson was based in New York at the time of this recording, but this album had a definite Philly Soul vibe, mostly thanks to the 4 tunes (the first 4 on this CD) that the legendary Thom Bell produced and wrote. Arguably, those are the best tunes on this album, but the other tracks are pretty darned good too, including another Thom Bell tune, "Point of No Return" and a cover of a Randy Bachman tune called "A Wednesday in Your Garden." Ronnie Dyson was one of the more underrated soul singers from this era, and most of the material on this album suits his sweet-singing style very well. The only real dull track, for my tastes, is his cover of George Harrison's "Something"

In addition to the original 10-track album, this CD reissue contains 6 bonus tracks, some of which are very good. One that isn't quite up to par with the rest of the material is yet another unlikely cover version, George Clinton's "Life and Breath." But instead of what you would expect (Clinton = funky) the tune is a downbeat ballad. Overall, though, this is a very good bunch of songs and any fan of Dyson's, or of 70s soul, should enjoy this one very much. This CD includes a booklet with track details, and an essay by Kevin L Goins that includes a short bio of Ronnie Dyson. Very well done reissue.
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