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  1. The following isn't out yet, but it will be in a few months! This will be the official release of this Leroy Taylor monster, featuring both sides of the intended single. (one side had been previously bootlegged as Keni Lewis from another acetate).
  2. All -- some of you may already be aware that the full Ru-Jac Records compilation is coming late this year or early next. (I already completed/they released two break out portions for Winfield Parker and Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe, but this is the full deal). This is a very exciting release as it not only features quality 45 cuts, but also a boatload of unreleased tunes from master tapes. I've nearly completed the associated liner notes and I've got all the images needed. Right now there is only one thing which is still needed -- the label has or is preparing to finish transferring every Ru-Jac recording save one, The Caressors. Is there anyone out there willing to send their 45 to myself or the engineer, or even to have their copy professionally transferred in their city and send me links to the lossless files so I can send them on to the engineer for clean up and mastering? I know the label would be happy to pay you for shipping or transfer costs. You'd most certainly get a thank you on the release, and a copy for yourself. Can anyone help?
  3. Wanted: The following Ru-Jac label titles, preferably VG+ or better. Cash available. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated as I'm working hard to properly document all Ru-Jac artists and releases for a future compilation. We've already documented Winfield Parker and Gene and Eddie with Sir Joe (Quarterman). Here's the list: Charles Johnson – Dim The Lights Baby / Put A Light In The Window (1964) The Teardrops Band featuring Marie Allen – Crying Won’t Help You / All Over Again (1964) Winfield Parker – When I’m Alone / Rockin’ In The Barnyard (First version of “When I’m Alone”) (1964) (still needed despite comp completion) Brenda Jones – Can’t You See / Let’s Go Back To School (1964) Harold Holt And His Band – Where You Lead Me / I’m A Stranger (Vocals by Arthur Conley) (1965) (recorded as a different take on Otis Redding’s “Jotis” label, Sept. of 1965) The Neltones – Come On Over / C’est La Vie (That’s Life) (1965) (must be in decent shape) The Mask Man And The Cap-Tans With Paul Earle Orch. – Love Can Do Wonders / Chicken Wings (released as a picture sleeve) (1966) Rita Doryse, The Shyndells Band – Wait Til Then / When I’m Alone (First version of “When I’m Alone”) (1966) Rita Doryse and Bob Craig Combo – Please Let Me Love You / Goodie Goodie The Caressors – I Can’t Stay Away / Who Can It Be (1967) Gene & Eddie – It’s No Sin / You’ve Got To Love Sometime (I do have the Mon’ca) (5/26/70) Jimmy Dotson, Rhythm By Inner Light Band – Think Of Me As Your Soldier / To Be Your Lover (Also released by Aar O Dot Records. This may have been released much later than others listed above) Lance Hill – Through / Angel In The Sky (has no matrix or run-out markings, red Ru-Jac label. Unknown release date.)
  4. Baby Ray was a DC cab driver who recorded the Cap City single with local band "The Delusions". Label owner Foster Johnson is deceased, as are the arranger (Joe Tate who formed Dontee' Records) and the writer (Willie Lester of Mainline Productions). This was one of Willie's earliest writings.
  5. Ru-Jac release: 218 The Neltones – Come On Over / C’est La Vie (That’s Life) I know this one does exist, but I haven't been able to reach anyone who has one! Could anyone please help with the following if they have a copy? So close to complete with the info we need for the Ru-Jac project!! 1- All info in the run-out groove on each side. 2- Label scans of each side 3- The above are most important, but if you had time to record sound samples of each side, that would also be very vey helpful! This is information needed for a legit Ru-Jac release project which is being put together by the owner of the catalog, Winfield Parker. Please help if you can! And a big thanks to all that have helped already, -Kevin
  6. Dazz, Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help. No bootleg here, I've worked on many releases related to the DC and MD area, and I'm very much in touch with all parties involved. I do not need hi-res recordings as their purpose is to be sent to the label so we can all use them as reference points while we go through the tapes. The main portion of tapes are Winfield's tapes. These are tapes that were left to him by the Mitchell family. I also own tapes, acetates, and photos that are being used. My primary purpose is to write liner notes and make sure any writers are paid properly. -Kevin
  7. Definitely reminds me of Funkadelic right off the bat. Cool stuff, wish I could help!
  8. If anyone here can help with this, it would be massively appreciated. I'm currently working in conjunction with Winfield Parker & others on a release project which documents the Ru-Jac label. I need your assistance with the following: 1- All information in the run-out/dead wax which was etched in the stamper, for each side. Some of this may be available online, places like discogs, but we need someone who actually owns the record to look and confirm, as well as check for anything not mentioned. 2- Any label scans you can provide of either or both sides. A high quality, well centered scan leaving the black of the vinyl showing would be perfect. 3- A reference recording, which can be super low quality, and doesn't have to be the whole side. 30 seconds or so should be fine. This is due to the fact that we are running through master tapes, and may need to identify a track we don't yet have in front of us. I do realize some of these sides are on youtube, soundcloud, etc., but we need both. Here's the list of records we need these for: 007 Winfield Parker – When I’m Alone / Rockin’ In The Barnyard 013 The Reekers – Don’t Call Me Flyface / Grindin’ 218 The Neltones – Come On Over / C’est La Vie (That’s Life) 0020 The Caressors – I Can’t Stay Away / Who Can It Be 0025 Gene & Eddie – You Don’t Fool Me / Let Me Go Easy 52670 Gene & Eddie – It’s No Sin / You’ve Got To Love Sometime (was this the same stamper used for the Mon'ca issue?) 980 Jimmy Dotson, Rhythm By Inner Light Band – Think Of Me As Your Soldier / To Be Your Lover I know all of us here love this sort of story and release, so having a (correctly) completed product should be everyone's goal. It will also do great justice to the incredible work done by the label and it's owner. Please consider helping if you have a minute. I can be reach via blueimage@gmail.com , or, via the contact link on my website: DCSoulRecordings.com -Kevin
  9. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Luckily, I am already working with Winfield on this project. These are records from which I'll need high quality scans, and reference recordings. (The recordings do not have to be high quality). I'd love to do both the scanning and the recording myself.............and I'll need the records at some point anyways. These are the only ones I'm missing. Thanks again!
  10. Looking for the following records on the Ru-Jac label for a project. Can also use good quality label scans, and/or recordings as references. Please PM or email to blueimage@gmail.com ......Thanks for your help! 008 Charles Johnson - Put A Light In The Window / Dim The Lights Baby (1964) 008 Brenda Jones – Let’s Go Back To School / Can’t You See (1964) 009 Jolly Jax – Meadow Of Love / Monkey Cha Cha (1964) 010 The Teardrops Band featuring Marie Allen – All Over Again / Crying Won’t Help You (1964) 011 Brenda Jones – It Must Be Love / I’m So Afraid (1964) 0014 Harold Holt And His Band – Where You Lead Me / I’m A Lonely Stranger (1965) 220 Maskedman & The Cap-Tans – Love Can Do Wonders / Chicken Wings (also released as a picture sleeve) (1966) 0016 Rita Doryse, The Shyndells Band – Wait Till Then / When I’m Alone (1966) 201 Gene & Eddie – It’s So Hard / Sweet Little Girl (1969) 007 Winfield Parker – When I’m Alone / Rockin’ In The Barnyard (1964) 013 The Reekers – Don’t Call Me Flyface / Grindin’ (1964) 218 The Neltones – Come On Over / C’est La Vie (1965) 0020 The Caressors – I Can’t Stay Away / Who Can It Be (1968) 980 Jimmy Dotson, Rhythm By Inner Light Band – Think Of Me As Your Soldier / To Be Your Lover 52670 Gene & Eddie – It’s No Sin / You’ve Got To Love Sometime 0017 Rita Doryse and Bob Craig Combo – Please Let Me Love You / Goodie Goodie
  11. I'm sure that both the group & label have been discussed here numerous times. That being said, I had a few thoughts, and wondered what you all could add to it. 1- The label name. I've not yet been told exactly why "HEM" was choosen, but I have a running theory. Herb Cohen was involved with many a label connection between DC and Atlantic/Atlantic distribution, which HEM had. Herco was his publishing, so he was clearly involved with this release. He was also personnel manager at Quality Music (later Waxies Maxies), operating as right hand to owner Max Silverman. Then in 1963, Max made Herb partner, with another new partner added as well.....Gene Levy. (Quality Music was the DC locale where the Ertegun brothers discovered the music that would become the basis for founding Atlantic Records in NYC.) All this is pretty cut and dry. So then, why not theorize that HEM could have stood for "Herb Cohen, Eugene Levy, Max Silverman. Sound likely? This been discussed here before? 2- A wierd coincidence. We know that the DC area Cashmeres released records on HEM, Hubba Hubba, and Ninandy, based on the tie to Eddie Jefferson. We already established the tie to Atlantic and NYC. Ok, so there is a very rare label called Frandy that released a few groups, including the earliest record by Herb Feemster (Peaches and Herb). The labels for the Frandy's are the exact same orange stock as the HEM. The Frandy's have Atlantic distribution out of NYC, just like the HEMs. The Herb Feemster cut was also Herb Cohen related, with Herco publishing, (and Eddie Singleton + Raynoma Gordy involvement). Herb F. often discussed how he worked at Quality Music at the time. So here's the wierd part. The other Frandy is by the "Ernie Kelley Combo", and the other Cashmeres from Detroit (right?) featured Ernie Kelley. So maybe I'm offbase here, but is this just a wierd coincidence? 3- Anyone able to add any deeper history of the group, or the HEM label in general? (other than just the discography featuring the following: 1000 The Cashmeres - Show Stopper / Don't Let the Door Hit You In The Back 1001 Lawrence and the Arabians - Ooh Baby / Coincidence 1002 Lawrence and the Arabians - Money / I'll try Harder 1003 The Epsilons - It's All Right / Mind In A Bind Thanks!
  12. Exactly, that's what the writer was going for, and the increased speed made it work.
  13. I just asked him about it, but he doesn't recall actually having one. He said he may have referenced an acetate as Rock Candy since it sounded a lot like them.

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