VA - Finally Together: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Vol. 3: 1966-1967 (2018)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 271 MB | Digital Booklet | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 147 MB | 01:03:35
Soul, RnB, Funk, Oldies | Label: Omnivore Recordings
The aforementioned roster is odd in that the artists are almost all relative unknowns to just about anyone but the most dedicated scholars of Baltimore's soul scene. One possible exception is the legendary Arthur Conley, who rose to fame in 1967 with the classic "Sweet Soul Music". Prior to that massive hit, Conley recorded a handful of music for Ru-Jac, including the single "I'm a Lonely Stranger" in 1964 (bringing him to the attention of Otis Redding), but the only two Conley recordings included here are demo takes of "Whole Lotta Woman" and "Hiding Out in Blue Shadows". It's refreshing to note that this collection is heavy on demos and alternate takes, giving it a real "digging through the vault" feel.