Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone - 1974 Northern Modern Soul and Funk 180 Grm 4LP Boxset

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Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone

Label: Numero Group
Cat#: NUM042
Format: 4 × Vinyl, LP, Boxset
Country: US
Released: 26 Mar 2012
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Soul


Hot Chocolate

A1 – Hot Chocolate Ain't That A Groove
A2 – Hot Chocolate So Dam Funky
A3 – Hot Chocolate Sexy Moods Of Your Mind
A4 – Hot Chocolate Messin' With Sly

B1 – Hot Chocolate We Had True Love
B2 – Hot Chocolate What You Want To Do
B3 – Hot Chocolate What Should I Do

Live From Agency

C1 – Hot Chocolate The World Is A Ghetto
C2 – Hot Chocolate It Ain't My Fault
C3 – Hot Chocolate Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
C4 – Hot Chocolate Until I Met You

D1 – Hot Chocolate Spend My Life Loving You
D2 – Hot Chocolate Brother Louie
D3 – Hot Chocolate Good For The Gander

Understand Each Other

E1 – Lou Ragland Understand Each Other
E2 – Lou Ragland What Happened To The Feeling
E3 – Lou Ragland Since You Said You'd Be Mine
E4 – Lou Ragland Just For Being You (Lovin' You)

F1 – Lou Ragland What I Should Do ?
F2 – Lou Ragland It's Got To Change
F3 – Lou Ragland The Next World
F4 – Lou Ragland Understand Each Other (Instrumental)

The Bandmaster

G1 – Lou Ragland I Travel Alone
G2 – Lou Ragland Big Wheel
G3 – Volcanic Eruption Red Robin
G4 – Volcanic Eruption I've Got Something Going For Me
G5 – Hot Chocolate Good For The Gander
G6 – Hot Chocolate We Had True Love

H1 – Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate I Can't Take It
H2 – Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate What The Doctor Prescribed
H3 – Lou Ragland Since You Said You'd Be Mine
H4 – Lou Ragland I Didn't Mean To Leave You
H5 – Wildfire Tend To Your Business

Singer, guitarist, song writer, record producer and studio engineer Lou Ragland was born in Cleveland, Ohio. When he was 16 years old, he backed a local singer Kiim Tolliver.

Soon he became a leader of Lou Ragland & the Bandmasters, and released a single Never Let Me Go / Party In Lesters on Cleveland based Way Out label in the early 60's.

In 1965, he joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes as lead singer for a few months. In 1967, I Travel Alone was released on Amy Recods. In 1969 he released a single under the name Volcanic Eruption, and the same year he came into the SARU Records as Vice President. He produced several records while he was there. The SARU Records label was owned by cousins and their mothers name was Sara & Ruth and that is how SARU Records was named.

He released Good For The Gander / We Had True Love and Hot Chocolate album in 1971 on Co-Co Cleveland. Co-Co Cleveland was formed by Lou Ragland, Lymon Moffatt (Aadil Daanish) and Leonard Jackson.

Since You Said You'd Be Mine was recorded at the Agency Recording Studio and many efforts were commenced to get a major label to license the track. As a result of the good works, and the quality of the track, Warner Brothers decided to release Since You Said You'd Be Mine in August 1973.

Lou Ragland & Leonard Jackson

In 1974, he started a new record label SMH, and released What Should I Do / Understand Each Other. And his The Conveyor album was released on SMH in 1978.

Thank you once again Numero Group! Lou Ragland was apparently a pretty big name in Cleveland music circles back in the late 60s and into the 70s. He was a road manager for the O'Jays, and also served as a songwriter and producer for a local label. Anyway, to cut to the chase, this 4 LP package contains songs that Ragland recorded in the early 1970s, as a solo artist and with his band Hot Chocolate (note: this is NOT the Hot Chocolate of "You Sexy Thing" fame). One of Ragland's songs, "I Travel Alone" became a pretty big hit on the Northern Soul dance circuit in the UK a few years back, but the majority of this material is being released for the very first time. Vocally, Ragland reminds me a bit of Al Wilson, the soul singer who scored a bit 70s hit with "Show and Tell" but who also recorded some great material on the Soul City label in the late 60s and early 70s.

Ragland also has a trace of early Marvin Gaye in his vocal delivery. But with some of this material, especially the tunes he did with Hot Chocolate, the music takes on a much funkier veneer, reminding me a bit of Charles Wright and his Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ... but without the horns. LP 1 is all Lou Ragland solo recordings, plus one track listed as by Wildfire. LP 2 has a few more "solo" tracks, his songs with Hot Chocolate, plus two cuts from Volcanic Eruption.

Hot Chocolate - So Dam Funky

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Hot Chocolate - We Had True Love

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Lou Ragland - Understand Each Other

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Lou Ragland and The Hot Chocolate Concert DVD Preview

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Lou Ragland - Since you said you'd be mine

Classy tune, classy vocals, and still sounding good

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Lou Ragland - What Happened To The Feeling

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Lou Ragland - Big Wheel

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Lou Ragland - I Travel Alone

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Condition New
Format Boxset, 4LP
Label Numero Group
Color Black