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  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • ASIN: B005BX3O7M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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* Back in 70s Oakland, California, streetwise hipster William Darondo Pulliam was a funky singer-songwriter who could also swing the sweetest soul west of Al Green. His handful of idiosyncratic 45 releases are crowned by the heartbreaking sound of his 1973 local hit `Didn't I', on the collectable Music City label.

* The hot news in funk and 70s soul circles has been the recent discovery of Darondo's Music City master tapes, throwing up two albums worth of raunchy Bay Area funk and idiosyncratic soul balladry. "Listen To My Song - The Music City Sessions" collects this unprecedented goldmine of grooves, and shows off Darondo in his streetwise prime.

* Together with his musical collaborator Al Tanner, Darondo was an excellent songwriter with a unique style and the contents of this outstanding anthology, recorded between 1972 and 1974, are bound to please collectors and general funk and soul fans alike.

* Compilation and notes by Alec Palao.

* Also available on limited vinyl LP release.

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What an outstanding find by BGP of an early 70's lost album by recently rediscovered funk maven and polymath William Pulliam (AKA Darondo) emanating from the vault of the Bay Area, CA, Music City record label. The music is a mix of ethereal soul ballads, upbeat R&B stompers and funk burners, almost all excellent and with only two tracks overlapping with the earlier "Let My People Go" compilation on the US Ubiquity records and in much better sound quality (these tracks sound like they were mastered from tape unlike the earlier compilation where vinyl sources were used with no noise reduction processing so 'pop and crackle' was the order of the day). There are one or two tracks where there are audible flaws on the source tape but nothing too off putting and certainly better than being mastered from vinyl! Darondo himself is on superb form throughout sounding a bit like Al Green with a heavy head cold but with a much grittier outlook and 'in your face' sound which can be preferable on the upbeat tracks. A lot of these tracks are basically demos (which the liner notes commendably admit to upfront) and as a result it somewhat reminds me of Al Green's outtakes collection, "Listen: The Rarities" which is one of my favorites of Al's many albums just because in its stripped down sound it is atypical of most of his output. Specific highlights are hard to identify since it is so consistent throughout but the superb "Didn't I" single has never sounded better and "I'm Lonely" is cut from the same ethereal cloth sounds very fine and of the funk tracks "Luscious Lady" hits the spot being as lascivious as it title implies.
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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
deep.

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!"
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This was recommended by Vanessa Paradis in a magazine interview. She is a cool lady and I couldn't resist the Album cover so thought I would purchase. Great album. Amazing and raw funk. Darondo has a great voice.
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Many thanks for fab lp. Well packed and quickly delivered. Recommended. It's like james brown and al green were put in a blender and this guy was the result
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