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

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

by Darrell BanksDarrell Banks


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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: 08/06/2013
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667240222
catalogNumber: 6724022
Rank: 95096


  1. Just Because Your Love is Gone
  2. Forgive Me
  3. Only the Strong Survive
  4. Don't Know What to Do
  5. When a Man Loves a Woman
  6. We'll Get Over
  7. Beautiful Feeling
  8. I Could Never Hate Her
  9. Never Alone
  10. No One Blinder (Than a Man Who Won't See)
  11. My Love is Strictly Reserved for You
  12. I'm the One Who Loves You
  13. Love is Not an Easy Thing
  14. Mama Give Me Some Water
  15. Love Why Have You Forsaken Me
  16. My Life is Incomplete Without You
  17. Just Because Your Love is Gone
  18. Beautiful Feeling
  19. No One Blinder (Than a Man Who Won't See)

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
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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