Numero Group: By The Numbers

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December 8, 2011, 4:57 pm
Filed under: Lou Ragland, Newsworthy, Revival

In the flurry of wheeling and dealing this last week, we almost forgot to mention that we finished two great records.

Shirley Ann Lee: Songs of Light (NPH44003)

In the works since we acquired Felton Williams’ Double U Sound tape vault and began working on Local Customs: Downriver Revival, Toldeo, Ohio’s Shirley Ann Lee finally gets to step out on her own. A polite church going lady, Shirley cut a series of no-budget records for Williams’ Revival imprint and her own Shirleo record label in the late ’60s and ’70s. Rocking a decidedly out of date style, her 45s sank without a trace. By the mid-’70s Shirley ann Lee had ceased recording altogether. Collected here is the bulk of her Revival sides, plus demos, rehearsals, and a few snippets from the Shirley Ann Lee Radio Hour (never issued).

Track list:

Side A

1. Introduction
2. All I Have To Depend On
3. I Shall Not Be Moved
4. Stop Look & Listen
5. You Better Run
6. There’s A Light
7. Everything Gonna Be Alright
8. You’ve Been So Good To Me
9. Blessed Quietness

Side B

1. Intermission
2. How Can I Lose
3. Time
4. Stay On Your Knees
5. Someday
6. Get Back
7. Walk Through The Valley
8. Please Accept My Prayer
9. I’ve Got To Make It

Songs Of Light will be available on LP only (cut in glorious mono) on February 28th 2012.

Born out of a few masters that turned up in our Boddie haul, we’re pleased to be issuing I Travel Alone, the complete recordings of Lou Ragland between 1967-1978. Packaged as three CDs replicating his albums Hot Chocolate and Understand Each Other, plus an unreleased live album cut at the Agora Ballroom in 1973, or four LPs that cover the aforementioned three plus an album of singles, I Travel Alone is Ragland’s first career spanning overview.

Track list:

CD 1

Lou Ragland “I Travel Alone”

Lou Ragland “Big Wheel”

Volcanic Eruption “Red Robin”

Volcanic Eruption “I’ve Got Something Going For Me”

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”

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 Leave You”

Wildfire “Tend To Your 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 For 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)


Live from Agency

Hot Chocolate “The World Is A Ghetto”

Hot Chocolate “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”

Hot Chocolate “Understand Each Other”

Hot Chocolate “It Ain’t My Fault”

Hot Chocolate “Until I Met You”

Hot Chocolate “Spend My Life Loving You”

Hot Chocolate “Brother Louie”

Hot Chocolate “Good For The Gander”



5 Comments so far
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Fantastic news about the Shirley Ann Lee LP – the Downwater Revival CD was one of my favourite releases over the past few years in no small part because of her songs on there. Looking forward to this one.

Comment by Sam Hussain

wow, cannot wait for these, awesome.

Comment by Kris Holmes

These look fantastic
BTW, Lou Ragland looks a lot like Dr Dre in that pic!

Comment by ab

Will “Shirley Ann Lee: Songs of Light” come out on CD sometime in the future? Would look forward to that.

Comment by Craig

Sorry, LP or download only.

Comment by numerogroup

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