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5.0 out of 5 stars Long lost classic, 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Lou Bond (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.His reworking of Bill Wither's Let Me in Your Life is really quite special. I think you can tell I am bowled over by this new purchase without me describing each track.The 'rare groove' track that is much sought after is the only track that ups the tempo a little in the form of the great stepper'Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards'which deserves it notoriety.The sweet short bonus cover of I'm Still In Love With you/Motherless Chils should be all you need to hear to buy this album. I urge you to do so to let Mr.Bond know after all this time-He really wasn't that bad after all!This record needs no hype; it needs your attention!
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Initial post: 1 Apr 2010 16:12:36 BDT
soulfan says:
Thank you for taking these precious minutes to give us you feeling about this monster..

Posted on 25 May 2010 07:32:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2010 07:33:01 BDT
Mark Barry says:
Great review Archie - really good.

Until the photo of the label underneath the see-through plastic tray in the digipak, I (like most of the other soul fans in our shop) had never actually seen a copy of the 1974 original LP on We Produce XPS-1904 - and you're right - it's hard to believe how something so lovely could have gone unnoticed for so long. A little like Terry Callier's 3 albums on Cadet - "Occasional Rain", "What Color Is Love" etc.

I've been ploughing into other "Light In The Attic" CD releases because of this one - and not just soul related ones. Just recently bought the Kris Kristofferson CD "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" - very, very good - I reviewed it too.

Keep up the good writing and informative reviews.

Mark Barry, Revival Records, Berwick Street, London.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010 19:45:06 GMT
Sorry,it just dawned on me I did not thank you for your kind words despite reading the responses months ago.Many thanks and keep up your own good waxing of things musical!
I am still suprised I got one negative response but win some,lose some I suppose.
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