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(BGP Records) 16 Tracks - 1973-1974 -  “This is the root, you got the root!”... more

Darondo: Listen To My Song - The Music City Sessions (CD)

(BGP Records) 16 Tracks - 1973-1974 - 

“This is the root, you got the root!” exclaims Darondo as he pads around the white carpet of his upstairs living room, arms raised in celebration of the fact that the 42 year-old tracks that we are listening to, long thought lost, have miraculously survived – and that they sound just as good as he remembered. The Music City tapes are a major find in the annals of 70s funk, shedding further, inestimable light on an artist whose reputation had previously rested upon just a handful of tunes. This is Darondo in his prime, full of street swagger, but with just as much of the touching, heartbreaking soul on display as that which imbues his best-known number, ‘Didn’t I’. While others invariably focus on the more sensational aspects of this fascinating and gregarious man’s life, for once, on “Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions”, the music says it all.

Born and bred in Berkeley, California, Darondo – given name William Daron Pulliam – first played professionally at the age of 18 in the Witnesses, a blue-eyed soul troupe resident at East Bay teen club the Lucky 13 in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the singer-guitarist hit his stride. When Darondo signed with Ray Dobard’s Music City label in August 1973, he brought along a superb stash of self-penned tunes, arranged by musical mentor John “Al” Tanner, and all cut in two marathon all-night sessions. Even with overdubbed strings, horns and keyboards, the results were righteously funky – Memphis-tinged, for sure, but also conveying the urgent street vibe of the East Bay. Throughout, whether it’s the infectious chant of ‘Luscious Lady’, the desperate pleading on ‘I’m Lonely’, or the get-down-mutha exhortations of ‘Get Up Off Your Butt’, it’s always Darondo’s breathless, teasing performance, sliding from gravelly baritone to wailing falsetto in the space of a measure, that seals the deal.

Ray Dobard’s notorious parsimony and hubris meant singer and label parted company far too quickly, leaving only the Music City 45 of ‘Didn’t I’ as evidence of their brief association. His subsequent adventures – cable video personality, globe-trotting entertainer, unorthodox therapist, and rebirth as a cult performer in the late 2000s – have been well-documented, but in interviews Darondo often references the lost Music City album. And with good reason: he was at the top of his game, focused, creative and moving exceptionally fast – to use a cherished phrase, “cuttin’ up!” Thus, “Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions” provides some closure – as well as indisputable evidence, should you need it, that Darondo is one of the greats. Be sure to also check out the vinyl edition, which approximates the album that would have been issued back in 1974.

By Alec Palao

Article properties: Darondo: Listen To My Song - The Music City Sessions (CD)

  • Interpret: Darondo

  • Album titlle: Listen To My Song - The Music City Sessions (CD)

  • Genre Soul

  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2019
  • EAN: 0029667523325

  • weight in Kg 0.11
Darondo - Listen To My Song - The Music City Sessions (CD) CD 1
01 I Don't Understand It Darondo
02 I'm Gonna Love You Darondo
03 Didn't I Darondo
04 Luscious Lady Darondo
05 Get Up Off Your Butt Darondo
06 Gimme Some Darondo
07 I'm Lonely Darondo
08 Do You Really Love Me Darondo
09 The Wolf Darondo
10 Saving My Love Darondo
11 Listen To My Song Darondo
12 King's Man Darondo
13 Question Mark Darondo
14 Qualified Darondo
15 Sexy Mama Darondo
16 Thank You God Darondo
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Tracklist
Darondo - Listen To My Song - The Music City Sessions (CD) CD 1
01 I Don't Understand It
02 I'm Gonna Love You
03 Didn't I
04 Luscious Lady
05 Get Up Off Your Butt
06 Gimme Some
07 I'm Lonely
08 Do You Really Love Me
09 The Wolf
10 Saving My Love
11 Listen To My Song
12 King's Man
13 Question Mark
14 Qualified
15 Sexy Mama
16 Thank You God