This Real Gone Music reissue in association with SoulMusic Records marks the worldwide CD debut for both albums, featuring liner notes by noted American journalist Rashod Ollison.
Ronnie Dyson was a Broadway star before making records. He was born in Washington D.C., but grew up in New York, taking to the stage in 1960s and ultimately voicing one of the decades best known show tunes Aquarius. He was just 18 when he joined the cast of Hair with a lead role in the show. Ronnie also featured in a movie Putney Swope in 1969 before signing to Columbia Records the following year. The albums we present here were Ronnies third and fourth for the label and represent the complete set of songs recorded by the artist produced by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy. The style was a departure from what Ronnie had recorded previously but similar to the sound the producers had brought to hits for Natalie Cole. Listen to Natalies song This Will Be from 1975 and compare with Ronnies single Close To You in 1976, the year in fact that Marvin Yancy married Natalie Cole. Lush arrangements by Gene Page and Richard Evans determine this music definitive luxury soul, Theres also some incredible 70s soul music here thats been preserved from the original master tapes and brought on CD for the first time.
Album with a compilation of 14 songs selected from the recordings of the last 7 albums released between 1969 and 1973 by the pianist, arranger, composer and British director Ronald F. Ronnie Aldrich (1916-1993), accompanied here by the 'London Festival Orchestra'. The repertoire, recorded with the sound, thoroughness and balance of instrumental arrangements by Aldrich, integrates themes of the most famous internationally in those years. It is a good session of easy listening music by the virtuous pianist Ronnie Aldrich.
Another archival album, this time from two of Anthony Phillips' long standing friends, David Thomas and Ronnie Gunn. Many Genesis fans may be familiar with David, he was, after all, the guy whose flat Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel shared for almost five years, as well as assisting on their first album, "From Genesis To Revelation". The album draws on material which the two main protagonists wrote in the period between 1969 and 1978, and as such is very much a product of its time as well as being an intriguing snapshot into an ear of music that has been undeservedly maligned by the smart set who sadly dominate our music industry these days…