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• The late Ronnie Dyson (1950-1990) began his career when he landed a lead role in the famed Broadway musical, Hair, singing ‘Aquarius’ at the age of eighteen – the original recording from the musical’s soundtrack leads this new compilation of 23 tracks.
• Signed to Columbia Records in 1968, Dyson continued his stage career in Salvation, achieving his first chart single with the US Top 10 with ‘(If You Let Me Make Love To You) Why Can’t I Touch You’ from the show, also the title track for his first Columbia album, produced by Billy Jackson and included here along with a version of Sandie Shaw’s ‘Girl Don’t Come,’ cut at the same sessions.
• With producer Stan Vincent, Ronnie cut a cover of ‘When You Get Right Down To It,’ originally recorded by The Delfonics which became a Top 40 R&B US hit and a Top 40 UK charted single leading to the release of a UK LP with the song as its title track along with Ronnie’s debut album.
• In 1973, Ronnie teamed up with Philly music man Thom Bell for ‘One Man Band (Plays All Alone),’ a Top 30 pop and Top 20 R&B hit. The follow-up was the original version of ‘Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely,’ another US R&B hit. This SoulMusic Records’ compilation includes the Northern soul monster, ‘Lady In Red’ as well as cuts making their CD debut – both sides of a rare 1969 Columbia single (issued as Ron Dyson); the non-album 45, ‘Jesus Is Just Alright’ and ‘Love Is Just Slipping Away’ and ‘Sleeping Sun’ and ‘Abelene,’ both non-album ‘B’ sides. Liner notes by renowned U.S. writer Rashod Ollison includes quotes from original interviews with Ronnie.
Please Note: This title is released November 17 and will not be dispatched before this date.
1. AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR”)
2. ARE WE READY FOR LOVE
3. GOD BLESS THE CHILDREN
4. I DON’T WANNA CRY
6. A TOUCH OF BABY
7. I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVIN’
8. SHE’S GONE
9. BAND OF GOLD
10. WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT
11. (IF YOU LET ME MAKE LOVE TO YOU THEN) WHY CAN’T I TOUCH YOU?
12. MAKE IT WITH YOU
14. DO WHAT YOUR HEART TELLS YOU TO DO
15. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
16. GIRL DON’T COME
17. SLEEPING SUN
19. ONE MAN BAND (PLAYS ALL ALONE)
20. JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY
21. JESUS IS JUST ALRIGHT
22. LOVE IS JUST SLIPPING AWAY
23. LADY IN RED
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