Numero Group: By The Numbers


Numero Group and Lou Ragland Travel Alone, Together
October 20, 2011, 11:01 am
Filed under: Lou Ragland

Pulled from the grainy confines of the Cleveland Call and Post microfiche archive, this impression of Hot Chocolate accompanies a brief article, confirming that Lou Ragland’s trio had been held over “for the umpteenth time” at the Mayflower Gold Lounge on East 116th Street. The year was 1971, and the industrious Ragland was splitting his time between the stage, the road, and the studio. As in demand as the bandleader was on area bandstands and sessions, his talents went largely unrecognized outside of northern Ohio during his reign.

I Travel Alone is a triumphant collection of major and minor moments in the recording career of this midwestern soul man. Having been discovered several times by northern soul, funk, and modern soul factions, this box set will give everyone a sizable idea of the rich diversity and stylistic agility inherent within the singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer’s near-mythical songbook.

The 3 CDs are oriented chronologically, threading together the robust Hot Chocolate LP (1971) and the more finessed Conveyor (1978) with a string of singles and one-offs produced along the way. The 4 LP version will present both albums in their entirety, an unreleased live performance from Agency Recording, and final platter dedicated to 45s.

I Travel Alone – CD Version

CD 1
Lou Ragland “I Travel Alone”
Lou Ragland “Big Wheel”
Volcanic Eruption “Red Robin”
Volcanic Eruption “I’ve Got Something Going On”
Hot Chocolate “Good For The Gander”
Hot Chocolate “We Had True Love” (45 version)
Hot Chocolate “Ain’t That A Groove”
Hot Chocolate “So Dam Funky”
Hot Chocolate “Sexy Moods Of Your Mind”
Hot Chocolate “Messin’ With Sly”
Hot Chocolate “We Had True Love” (LP version)
Hot Chocolate “What You Want To Do”
Hot Chocolate “What Should I Do”
Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate “I Can’t Take It”
Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate “What The Doctor Prescribed”

CD 2
Lou Ragland Since You Said You’d Be Mine
Lou Ragland Didn’t Mean to Love You
Wildfire “Tend To You Business”
Lou Ragland “Understand Each Other”
Lou Ragland “What Happened To The Feeling”
Lou Ragland “Since You Said You’d Be Mine”
Lou Ragland “Just Being You (Lovin’ You)”
Lou Ragland “What Should I Do?”
Lou Ragland “It’s Got To Change”
Lou Ragland “The Next World”
Lou Ragland “Understand Each Other” (Instrumental)

CD 3 – Live from Agency
Hot Chocolate “World Is A Ghetto”
Hot Chocolate “Understand Each Other”
Hot Chocolate “It Ain’t My Fault”
Hot Chocolate “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”
Hot Chocolate “Until I Met You”
Hot Chocolate “Spend My Life Loving You”
Hot Chocolate “Brother Louie”
Hot Chocolate “Good For The Gander”

I Travel Alone – Vinyl Version

A
Hot Chocolate “Ain’t That A Groove”
Hot Chocolate “So Dam Funky”
Hot Chocolate “Sexy Moods Of Your Mind”
Hot Chocolate “Messin’ With Sly

B
Hot Chocolate “We Had True Love” (LP version)
Hot Chocolate “What You Want To Do”
Hot Chocolate “What Should I Do”

C
Hot Chocolate “World Is A Ghetto”
Hot Chocolate “It Ain’t My Fault”
Hot Chocolate “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”
Hot Chocolate “Until I Met You”

D
Hot Chocolate “Spend My Life Loving You”
Hot Chocolate “Brother Louie”
Hot Chocolate “Good For The Gander”

E
Lou Ragland “Understand Each Other”
Lou Ragland “What Happened To The Feeling”
Lou Ragland “Since You Said You’d Be Mine”
Lou Ragland “Just Being You (Lovin’ You)”

F
Lou Ragland “What Should I Do?”
Lou Ragland “It’s Got To Change”
Lou Ragland “The Next World”
Lou Ragland “Understand Each Other” (Instrumental)

G
Lou Ragland “I Travel Alone”
Lou Ragland “Big Wheel” 2:30
Volcanic Eruption “Red Robin”
Volcanic Eruption “I’ve Got Something Going On”
Hot Chocolate “Good For The Gander”
Hot Chocolate “We Had True Love” (45 version)

H
Lou Ragland Since You Said You’d Be Mine 315
Lou Ragland Didn’t Mean to Love You
Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate “I Can’t Take It”
Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate “What The Doctor Prescribed”
Wildfire “Tend To You Business”


7 Comments so far
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Awesome….Release date?

Comment by Cmacreid

3/14/2012

Comment by numerogroup

Yowza!

More dopeness!

Comment by Marc Bonadies

you guys don’t quit. my savings account hates you

Comment by Bern Manning

Looks great – is the version of Wildfire’s Tend to your Business parts 1 and 2 joined together? Always loved that 45, would love an extra long version even more!

Comment by Bark Plywood

Tend To Your Business has been kept in its original, unedited configuration. The slap bass is crisper than ever too.

Comment by numerogroup

That’s brilliant, can’t wait. I bloody love that baseline!

Comment by Bark Plywood




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