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A nearly forgotten classic, Lou Bond’s eponymous 1974 album evokes a feeling of change, a collection of songs touching on a range of topics from civil rights to social injustice to the Vietnam War. This a rare album where the music and the message are in perfect harmony. Released here with four bonus tracks, and for the first time on CD and in its first vinyl reissue. A lost classic brought out of the shadows.
• First CD release.
• First vinyl reissue; 180-gram wax with thick gatefold jacket.
• Remastered from original tapes.
• Previously unreleased bonus tracks, including bonus 7" single with vinyl purchase.
• Features 32-page color CD booklet containing original art, unseen photos, full lyrics and detailed liner notes by Andria Lisle (Mojo, Oxford American, Slate).
• Features “To The Establishment,” sampled by Outkast and others.
A nearly forgotten classic, Lou Bond’s eponymous 1974 album was originally released on We Produce, a subsidiary of the legendary Stax label. It is an album that evokes a feeling of change, one very much a product of its era. A collection of songs filled with images from a chaotic time, touching on a range of topics from civil rights to social injustice to the Vietnam War. Bond’s top-notch songwriting, vocals and an impeccable talent for composition and arrangement, make this a rare album where the music and the message are in perfect harmony. The record’s “To The Establishment,” a nearly 12-minute opus, has been sampled by the likes of Outkast and Mary J. Blige. Released with four bonus tracks, and for the first time on CD and in its first vinyl reissue. A lost classic brought out of the shadows.
Misplaced on the We Produce imprint of the legendary Stax label, soulful troubadour Lou Bond never received the recognition befitting his talent and the strength of his recordings. A voice of conscious strumming an acoustic guitar with a magnetic vocal delivery, Bond should have taken his rightful place among his more lauded peers during the 1960s and 70s. Light in the Attic Records is proud to reissue his eponymous album from 1974, a powerhouse confluence of Bond’s fiery lyricism and Memphis orchestral soul, that even in its nearly four decades of anonymity, managed to influence some of contemporary music’s biggest stars – Outkast and Mary J. Blige each sampled his nearly 12-minute gem, “To The Establishment.” A gifted artist whose luster is finally being restored.