Saturday, September 3, 2016

CD Review: Omnivore Recordings Bring Back The Singles Of Gene & Eddie At Ru-Jac

The duo of Gene & Eddie were the kings of soul on the Baltimore-based music label Ru-Jac Records. When they teamed with producer Sir Joe (Joe Quarterman) it was R&B gold. On September 2nd, Omnivore Recordings will release the compilation "True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe At Ru-Jac." It collects sixteen of the duo's singles, along with five bonus tracks.

Beginning with the soulful swing of "I Would Cry," you are instantly transported back to sixties R&B revival. The doo-wop tones of "Nobody Beats My Love" and the funk-fueled "You Don't Fool Me" shows how Gene & Eddie moved along with the times as the musical landscape shifted in the late sixties. The duo's most popular single "Let Me Go Easy" is presented three times on this compilation. First as the original single, secondly in an alternative version that focus mainly on the vocals and harmonies and the last version is a previously unissued stereo mix of the song. Sir Joe gets into the act, singing lead on "Baby, I'd Drop Every Thing" and "Every Day (I'll Be Needing You)," before Eddie & Gene team up with The Nightcape on the mid-sixties sweet soul of "It's So Hard" and up-tempo swing of "Check You Later." To find out more about "True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe At Ru-Jac," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

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