O'Jays road manager, Don King prison chauffeur, window washer, house painter, Ink Spot, Domino, producer, engineer, label owner, guitorgan technician, and one-time steward of a coveted Jet Magazine delivery route, Lou Ragland is Cleveland's Eastside success story. Though suffocated by Lake Erie's nitrate rich waters and the burning oil from a Cuyahoga River fire, between 1967-1977 Lou Ragland produced the most thoughtful, hopeful, and downright soulful work to come out of the Forest City. Bookended by his dynamic albums Hot Chocolate and Understand Each Other, I Travel Alone gathers period singles, collaborations, and an unreleased live album cut in 1973, revealing a Cleveland genius in a musical microcosm of fearless and confident creation.
The 3 CDs are oriented chronologically, threading together the robust Hot Chocolate LP (1971) and the more finessed Conveyor (1978) with a string of singles and one-offs produced along the way. The 4 LP version will present both albums in their entirety, an unreleased live performance from Agency Recording, and final platter dedicated to 45s.
Hot Chocolate - 'Ain't That A Groove' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'So Dam Funky' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'Sexy Moods Of Your Mind' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'Messin' With Sly' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'We Had True Love (LP Version)' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'What You Want To Do' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'What Should I Do' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1970
Hot Chocolate - 'World Is A Ghetto' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
Hot Chocolate - 'It Ain't My Fault' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
Hot Chocolate - 'Could It Be I'm Falling In Love' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
Hot Chocolate - 'Until I Met You' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
Hot Chocolate - 'Spend My Life Loving You' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
Hot Chocolate - 'Brother Louie' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
Hot Chocolate - 'Good For The Gander' Producer: Lou Ragland Year: 1973
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