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Ray Alexander Technique - Let's Talk (LP, Num, RE, RM) Mint (M) / Mint (M)

Ray Alexander Technique - Let's Talk (LP, Num, RE, RM) Mint (M) / Mint (M)

Now-Again Records,Now-Again Records

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Summary: Vinyl, LP, Numbered1, Let's Talk, Ray Alexander Technique, 2020, US

Media Condition:  Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)
Country:    US  
Released:  
2020
Genre:       Funk / Soul
Style:         Rhythm & Blues

Comments:
New & Sealed.
 

Notes:

Single LP only. Bonus second LP contains previously unissued alternate mixes and studio outtakes and is available only to subscribers.

 

A1. Let's Talk (Vocal)
A2. Let's Talk (Instrumental)
A3. My Special One
A4. Taking The Long Way Home
A5. I'm In Love With You
B1 . My World
B2. I Don't Bite
B3. Wiser And Deeper
B4. Save Me
B5 . I Wonder Why

 

Barcode and Other Identifiers:

Barcode 6 59457 52041 0
Barcode 659457520410
Matrix / Runout NA5204 - A
Matrix / Runout NA5204 - B

 

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The elusive gemstone of 1970s Harlem soul and funk from the Ray Alexander Technique, officially reissued for the first time with bonus tracks and previously unreleased alternate mixes.

Renowned for its enviable combination of musical muscle and malleability, guitarist/songwriter Raymond Alexander Jenkins’ tight four-piece unit was so revered on the uptown club circuit that it was offered the opportunity to serve as the Apollo Theater house band. Jenkins demurred, hopeful and confident in his group’s chances at making it on its own, and Let’s Talk is the sublime result of their hard work.

Independently released and recorded with a distinctly lo-fi charm, it is a collection of unabashedly sincere songs that perfectly encapsulates the era’s heady milieu of Black pride and cultural awareness, and the plaintive emotion of struggling to realize dreams whilst navigating a city and neighbourhood in decline. Personal tragedy coupled with Jenkins’ inability to gain traction as a musician, would haunt him for years. But Let’s Talk’s reputation would eventually spread via word-of-mouth praise amongst soul and funk connoisseurs and record collectors. Now elevated to exalted status, it may finally be more widely appreciated as a testament to Jenkins’ gifts. The main album is augmented by two songs by Ray Alexander Technique with Chris Bartley, not available on the original album.

Bonus second LP contains previously unissued alternate mixes and studio outtakes found on a reel-to-reel tape that maverick filmmaker, musician and catalyst Melvin Van Peebles maintained in his home and is available only to subscribers. This album also features an oversized booklet featuring liner notes by Jeff “Chairman” Mao chronicling the band’s and Raymond Jenkins’ inspiring story, with contributions from drummer Ronald Mack and bassist Doug Wilkerson. Download card for WAV files included with LP.

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