Changes: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Vol. 4: 1967–1980

Changes: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Vol. 4: 1967–1980


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Changes is an appropriate title for this, the final installment of Omnivore's four-part chronicle of the Baltimore-based R&B label Ru-Jac, because the imprint went through its share of changes during the period covered on this 25-track compilation. The set opens with Winfield Parker, one of the label's mainstays, turning out some Southern-influenced soul, and that's largely the path followed through the rest of the comp. It's a departure from the smoother sounds that characterized some of the earliest Ru-Jac singles, but there are still some easy grooves here, usually arriving from the Fred Martin Revue. Elsewhere, Ru-Jac hinted at funk in its embrace of Southern soul and also dabbled in psychedelic soul via the lysergic wah-wahs of Saturday. This variety makes Changes one of the richest volumes in The Ru-Jac Records Story, but it also benefits from mainly relying on material that was originally released on 45s between 1967 and 1974; these sides feel finished in a way a lot of the demos, backing tracks, and uncredited artists simply don't.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/2018
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651013180
catalogNumber: 101318
Rank: 172012

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Arthur Conley   Composer
Archie Bell   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Mike Conley   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Eddie Best   Composer
Joe Quarterman   Composer
Billy Buttier   Composer
Jimmy Dotson   Composer
Paul Johns   Composer
Winfield Parker   Composer,Producer
Robert Moore   Composer
Fred Martin   Composer
Jesse McCullough   Composer
H. Martin   Composer
Robert C. Bell   Composer
Kevin Coombe   Liner Notes
Doris Bright   Composer
William Boskent   Composer
Rufus Mitchell   Composer
Eugene Dorsett   Composer
Fred Martin Revue   Composer
Richard Bassett   Composer
Carl Blakey   Composer

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