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Rotary Connection - Black Gold: The Very Best Of (2006)

25-09-2014, 07:27
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Rotary Connection - Black Gold: The Very Best Of (2006)

Artist: Rotary Connection
Title Of Album: Black Gold: The Very Best Of
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Chess / 983-437-9
Genre: Psychedelic, Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz
Total Time: 1:58:51
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 289 mb / 792 mb (Covers)

Rotary Connection - Black Gold: The Very Best Of (2006)

Not your typical psychedelic pop record, this was the brainchild of Marshall Chess (son of Chess Records founder Leonard), who wanted to take the Beatles' innovations of classical instrumentation, phenomenal production values, and crazy experimentation to their extreme. He assembled a very talented team: arranger and composer Charles Stephney went on to tremendous success with Earth Wind & Fire; band member Sidney Barnes was soon to work with George Clinton; and backup singer Riperton would later make her name as a solo artist. The arrangements rely heavily on choral singing, plus organ and strings, and occasional sitar, theremin and tabla: no guitars to speak of. The record integrates classical methods better than anything else going on at the time. This album will definitely be of interest to students of '60s psychedelia. Universal. 2006.

Review by Andy Kellman
Rotary Connection released a handful of albums. The one that had the most mainstream success was Christmas-themed. Only one song, "Want You to Know," dipped into the pop chart, rocketing all the way up to number 96. How necessary, then, is a 33-track, two-disc anthology? 100-percent necessary. Until this release, the group had one of the most neglected discographies in all of psychedelic soul, or chamber pop, or acid rock, or Midwest hippie folk. Ugly two-fer releases and other vanishing reissues have done their legacy, and no matter how many producers and DJs have sampled and talked about their music, Rotary Connection have always slipped through the cracks, admired mostly in retrospect by a select group of crate diggers and open-minded fans of Minnie Riperton's easier-to-categorize (and almost always misunderstood) solo career. Black Gold: The Best of Rotary Connection aptly scans through the strange and unexpected twists taken by the group from 1967 through 1971, and while their inability to be categorized played a significant part in their obscurity, it was one of their prime strengths. The remarkable scope is best exemplified by a three-song stretch on the first disc: a steamy, almost unrecognizable run through Otis Redding's "Respect," the soaring "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun," and the impossibly delicate and moving "A-Muse" (also as gorgeous as anything off Love's Forever Changes). The package covers a lot of ground, including the entirety of the all-covers Songs and most of the highlights from the remainder of the albums. "Hangin' Round the Bee Tree" is the only missing highlight; otherwise, this is as good as it could possibly get, short of obtaining the albums in full. In addition to being a long overdue look at a very underappreciated group, the set also covers major chapters in the careers of Charles Stepney and Minnie Riperton, two of Chicago's greatest gifts to music.


Disc: 1
1. Magical World
2. Amen
3. Rapid Transit
4. Turn Me On
5. Respect
6. Pink Noise
7. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
8. A-Muse
9. Sunshine Of Your Love
10. Sursum Mentes
11. Memory Band
12. Didn't Want To Have To Do It
13. May Our Amens Be True
14. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
15. The Sea & She
16. Hey, Love
17. Song For Everyman
18. Love Is

Disc: 2
1. The Salt Of The Earth
2. Love Has Fallen On Me
3. If I Sing My Song
4. The Weight
5. The Burning Of The Midnight Lamp
6. Living Alone
7. Love Me Now
8. Want You To Know
9. I Got My Mojo Working
10. This Town
11. We're Going Wrong
12. Life Could
13. Teach Me How To Fly
14. V.I.P.
15. Let Them Talk



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