On the heels of the success of Darondo’s Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions and The Two Things In One’s Together Forever: The Music City Sessions, Omnivore Recordings takes you back to the early-’70s for three volumes of various artist, vinyl-only, Bay Area funk, soul, and R&B! All three volumes are researched, produced, and annotated by Alec Palao. His essay for the 2011 boxed set, The Music City Story, was nominated for a Grammy® in the Best Album Notes category. You read right, these three compilations will be LP-only (like they should have been, had they been released back in the day), but we’ll bring it up to the modern era with a download card for each.
The Music City Sessions, Volume 1: Richmond Experience features mostly previously unissued, never-before-heard material, focusing on the harder funk edge of Richmond and the East Bay as a musical reflection of its working-class, blue-collar landscape. While not everyone on this compilation called Richmond home, the locale personifies the down-and-dirty gritty vibe quite clearly represented by the sounds on this collection.
LP Track List: Side 1: 1. JUST A MAN * – Chucky Thurmon & Pharris Wheel
2. GIANT HAMBURGER (PART TWO) * – Victor Green
3. FREEDOM TRAIN – Kevin Burton & Peace
4. TP PAPER * – The Soul Sensations
5. GET DOWN – unknown artist Side 2: 1. GUMBO – Victor Green
2. CHECK ME OUT (Alternate Version) – Little Denice
3. WOULDN’T IT BE A SHAME * – The Soul Messengers
4. HAVIN’ FUN – unknown artist
5. RICHMOND EXPERIENCE – Kevin Burton & Peace All tracks previously unissued except *
LP includes download card.
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