Didn’t I blow your mind?
Bay Area singer Darondo recorded a few obscure 45’s in the early seventies and went on to other things – driving a white Rolls Royce with “Darondo” plates for instance – but then he had already recorded one of the greatest soul songs ever. High praise? Yes, and totally justified i.m.o. The Ubiquity/Luv ‘n Haight label released a compilation with all known material in 2008, and I was happy.
Fast forward to 2011, and “Listen to my song: the music city sessions” rears its beautiful head. Another compilation? No, the whole album Darondo recorded alongside “Didn’t I“! The material was known to exist, but everyone figured it was lost to the ages. It surfaced late last year, and is now available as a 12-track LP or a 16-track CD. Cause for celebration? You bet.
The earlier compilation featured great songs, and was the only straightforward way to get your hands on Darondo’s material. This newly released “lost album” trumps the previous release in the sense that it sounds and feels like an album, and it captures the man with a great band and at the height of his powers. “Listen to my song: the music city sessions” has been on heavy rotation in Casa Cortez, with the Lady and the Son also enjoying it. Sample two tracks above and rejoice.