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Meet Willie Wright
January 4, 2011, 11:06 am
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Three weeks from today (or now if you’re into this whole e-tailing thing), Willie Wright’s Telling The Truth will be available for the first time since disappearing into Nantucket record collections thirty years ago. Recorded in New York with Skull Snaps drummer George “Buzzy” Bragg and the Jimmy Castor Bunch’s guitarist Harry Jensen, Wright’s sophomore album is soulful folk album from the same mold as Terry Callier’s What Color Is Love, Richie Haven’ Alarm Clock, or Jerry Moore’s Life Is A Constant Journey Home. Tender and brooding, but with boat shoes and paisley.

A life long traveler (he named his record company Hotel, after all), by the time Wright landed in Nantucket in 1976 his notebook was filled with stories of  family, the streets of New York, Boston night life, and perhaps especially, women. Pictured above with Willie is his one-time muse Susan Hayes, who, though never mentioned by name on the album like the Jackie of “Jackie’s Song,” played a prominent role in Wright’s development as an artist.

Our deluxe reissue of Telling The Truth keeps the original 10 track album in sequence, adding Wright’s lone 45 (a cover of Curtis’ “Right On For The Darkness” backed with his original “Africa”) and adds the title track from his debut Lack Of Education. For the CD version we’ve crafted a unique 4.72″ version of his 45 that actually plays, stuck the disc in a digipack replica of the original album, and tossed in an over-sized 20 page booklet detailing the life and times of Willie Wright. The LP features those same notes, a 7″ version of “Right On For The Darkness” b/w “Africa,” and a scale replica of Telling The Truth, all housed in tip on sleeve with gold foil embossing. This shit’s a thing of beauty.

Three weeks or now. Your choice.

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Wow, just heard the promo of this, my gosh , what a wicked piece of gorgeous soul! trevor.

Comment by trevor

Fabulous record. I was browsing albums at Ameoba records, and they were playing this record. If you like smooth sould songs, with simple straightforward lyrics, pick this up. You will probably be wondering, like me, why you never heard of Willie Wright…

Comment by james

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