VA – Changes: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Vol. 4: 1967-1980 (2018)

Artist: VA
Title: Changes: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Vol. 4: 1967-1980
Year Of Release: 2018
Label: Omnivore Recordings
Genre: Soul, RnB, Funk, Oldies
Quality: 320 kbps | FLAC (tracks+digital booklet)
Total Time: 01:07:52
Total Size: 157 mb | 306 mb


01. Winfield Parker – She’s So Pretty
02. Winfield Parker – Nothing
03. The Upsetters – She’s So Pretty (Backing Track)
04. Ru-Jac Records – Tighten Up
05. Gene & Eddie – You Don’t Fool Me
06. Gene & Eddie – Let Me Go Easy (Alternate Version)
07. Fred Martin Revue – I’m The One (Who Loves You)
08. Gene & Eddie – Sweet Little Girl
09. Gene & Eddie – It’s No Sin
10. Sir Joe – Every Day (I’ll Be Needing You)
11. Fred Martin Revue – Take Me Back Again
12. Fred Martin Revue – I Know It’s Going To Happen
13. Fred Martin Revue – Contagious
14. Fred Martin Jr. & The Exciters – Love Don’t Leave Me Now
15. Saturday – Changes Part 1
16. Fred Martin & Revue – Sugar
17. Fred Martin & Revue – When I’m Alone
18. Dynamic Corvettes – Keep Off The Grass
19. Dynamic Corvettes – It’s A Trap
20. Francine Long – Days May Come, Days May Go
21. Utopian Concept – Days May Come, Days May Go
22. Willie Mason – I Loved You Once
23. Willie Mason – Go On Back
24. Jimmy Dotson & Rhythm By Inner Light Band – Think Of Me As Your Soldier
25. Jimmy Dotson & Rhythm By Inner Light Band – To Be Your Lover

Throughout the ’60s and into the ’70s, it’s apparent that Ru-Jac was intent on keeping its finger on the pulse of contemporary R&B;, to the point of mimicking current acts that were enjoying mainstream popularity. I can’t pretend that the artists known as Gene & Eddie weren’t an attempt to create another Sam & Dave, and the tight funk of their single "I Tell You" is a wonderful track, but an almost overly obvious nod to Stax’s legendary duo. Likewise, Winfield Parker’s "She’s So Pretty" (from Volume 4) is a fantastic dancefloor stomper obviously inspired by Wilson Pickett singles like "Land of 1,000 Dances".

As the Ru-Jac story begins winding down into the ’70s, their songs faithfully adapt to the times – "Keep Off the Grass" by the terrifically named Dynamic Corvettes employs a wah-wah guitar funk sound that conjures up images of bell bottoms and Streets of San Francisco chase scenes. "Contagious" by Fred Martin Revue updates the Ru-Jac instrumental combo tradition for the Watergate era. "Think of Me As Your Soldier" by Jimmy Dotson & Rhythm By Inner Light Band is a bright slice of late ’70s quiet storm ballads, aided in large part by Dotson’s flawless, soulful vocalizing and a lovely soprano sax solo. 320 kbps



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