Black Gold: The Best of Rotary Connection

Black Gold: The Best of Rotary Connection

by Rotary Connection
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602498343791
catalogNumber:
9834379
Rank:
33787

Tracks

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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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rotary Connection   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jack Bruce   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Terry Callier   Composer
Sidney Barnes   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Morris Dollison   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
Bobby Simms   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
John Stocklin   Composer
Larry Wade   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Martin Sharp   Composer
Charles Stephney   Composer
Marshall Paul   Composer
Johnny Chandler   Liner Notes
Lloyd Webber   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer

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