I'm the One Who Loves You: The Complete Volt Recordings

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
In the course of his short life, Detroit-by-way-of Buffalo, New York soulman Darrell Banks never reached the complete potential suggested by his scant early 45s. In his four-year run between the 1966 release of his first and most popular single, "Open the Door to Your Heart," and his death at the hands of an off-duty police officer in 1970, Banks released only two albums and a handful of singles. None of his work was quite as well received as "Open the Door...," with several label shifts and legal troubles draining momentum for a good amount of his career. I'm the One Who Loves You gathers Banks' complete output for the Volt record label, including his 1969 album Here to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
In the course of his short life, Detroit-by-way-of Buffalo, New York soulman Darrell Banks never reached the complete potential suggested by his scant early 45s. In his four-year run between the 1966 release of his first and most popular single, "Open the Door to Your Heart," and his death at the hands of an off-duty police officer in 1970, Banks released only two albums and a handful of singles. None of his work was quite as well received as "Open the Door...," with several label shifts and legal troubles draining momentum for a good amount of his career. I'm the One Who Loves You gathers Banks' complete output for the Volt record label, including his 1969 album Here to Stay, as well as several unreleased demo recordings. As a standalone album, the 11 tracks that comprise Here to Stay are stellar '60s Northern soul. Simmering backing vocals from the MG's and harmony vocals from We Three, a team of backing vocalists -- Bettye Crutcher, Raymond Jackson, and Homer Banks -- add impact and bite to tracks like "Just Because Your Love Is Gone" and "Beautiful Feeling," Banks in the forefront with a voice as soulful and expressive as even the best of his luminous peers. String overdubs and highly orchestrated arrangements fill out the basic grooving template of the Stax/Volt sound, putting Banks in a tempestuous space between the greasy Southern soul of "No One Blinder Than a Man Who Won't See" and the beaming Northern soul rush of "Only the Strong Survive." The unpolished demos that round out the collection are a fun addition, and show a more relaxed vocalist trying out new material even before the album he'd just finished was released. The tragic brevity of Banks' life and singing career has left little behind in the way of discography or information about this somewhat obscure singer. What little music does remain ranks with some of the best in '60s soul, and this compilation scours the vaults to bring to light as much of it as possible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667240222
  • Catalog Number: 6724022
  • Sales rank: 42,650

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darrell Banks Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jerry Butler Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Curtis Colbert Composer
Don Davis Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Andrew Wright Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Clyde Wilson Composer
Richard Knight Composer
Raymond Jackson Composer
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Calvin Lewis Composer
Herbert Ross Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Robert Eaton Composer
Melvin Davis Composer
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