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Darondo's Let My People Go is comparable to a magician pulling a previously-invisible rabbit out of his hat, the good folks at Luv N’Haight have given us an album of forgotten early ‘70s soul that legitimately deserves to share shelf space with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sly Stone, and James Brown.

Let My People Go is composed of Darondo’s first three singles and three previously unreleased studio outtakes. Despite the slightly stapled-together nature of the compilation, it doesn’t lose anything in terms of cohesiveness. It isn’t a perfect album, and Darondo is far from a perfect singer. But what he does have—and what this album showcases to phenomenal effect—is charisma, the type of weather-beaten magnetism that can only come from experience. If he’d somehow managed to survive the high-living of the early ‘70s without dropping out entirely, he could have been a talent on a national scale, every bit the equal of any of his more polished peers. As it stands, his career was woefully brief, and with the depressing prospect of these recordings languishing in obscurity forever, it is simply an embarrassment of riches for which we should all be grateful.


something for the lover of classic funk and groove-laden jazz; a socially-charged collection of "standards" seemingly cut in the golden era of nonsensical, afro-infused sounds and rhythms, with modest accompaniment of modern electric instruments.



undoubtedly one of FitfthMic's favorite artists, Sly Stone




1 comment:

Chris said...

nice post ,thanks for the darondo album!