Lou Ragland
I Travel Alone
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Notes About the Release
O’Jays road manager, Don King prison chauffeur, window washer, house painter, Ink Spot, Domino, engineer, label owner, guitorgan technician, and one-time steward of a coveted Jet Magazine delivery route, Lou Ragland is Cleveland’s Eastside success story. Suffocated by Lake Erie’s nitrate-rich waters and the burning oil from a Cuyahoga River fire, between 1967 and 1977 Lou Ragland produced the most thoughtful, hopeful, and downright soulful work to emerge from the Forest City. Bookended by his dynamic Hot Chocolate and Understand Each Other albums, 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. Packaged in an attractive slipcase, the quadruple LP features handsome gatefolds, and a booklet of never-before-seen photos of the Bandmaster at various stages of his career. Detailed liner notes follow renaissance man and storyteller Ragland along the peaks and valleys of a dynamic career that yielded a wealth of innovative music.
Product Details
3xCD

3 x Compact discs
34 tracks totaling 161 minutes
1 x full color slipcase
3 x 5” cardboard sleeves
1 x 40 page saddle-stitched booklet

4xLP

4 x 120 gram LPs
34 tracks totaling 161 minutes
1 x full color slipcase
2 x full color gatefold tip-on jackets


TRACK LIST

Lou Ragland I Travel Alone
Lou Ragland Big Wheel
Volcanic Eruption Red Robin
Volcanic Eruption I’ve Got Something Going For Myself
Hot Chocolate Good For The Gander
Hot Chocolate We Had True Love
Hot Chocolate Ain’t That A Groove
Hot Chocolate So Dam Funky
Hot Chocolate Sexy Moods Of Your Mind
Hot Chocolate Messin’ With Sly
Hot Chocolate We Had True Love
Hot Chocolate What You Want To Do
Hot Chocolate What Should I Do
Lou Ragland Since You Said You’d Be Mine (45 version)
Lou Ragland I Didn’t Mean To Leave You
Wildfire Tend To Your Business
Lou Ragland Understand Each Other
Lou Ragland What Happened To The Feeling
Lou Ragland Since You Said You’d Be Mine (Album version)
Lou Ragland Just For Being You
Lou Ragland What Should I Do?
Lou Ragland It’s Got To Change
Lou Ragland The Next World
Lou Ragland Understand Each Other (Inst.)
Hot Chocolate The World Is A Ghetto (Live)
Hot Chocolate Understand Each Other (Live)
Hot Chocolate It Ain’t My Fault (Live)
Hot Chocolate Could It Be I’m Falling In Love (Live)
Hot Chocolate Until I Met You (Live)
Hot Chocolate Spend My Life Loving You (Live)
Hot Chocolate Brother Louie (Live)
Hot Chocolate Good For The Gander (Live)
O’Jays road manager, Don King prison chauffeur, window washer, house painter, Ink Spot, Domino, engineer, label owner, guitorgan technician, and one-time steward of a coveted Jet Magazine delivery route, Lou Ragland is Cleveland’s Eastside success story. Suffocated by Lake Erie’s nitrate-rich waters and the burning oil from a Cuyahoga River fire, between 1967 and 1977 Lou Ragland produced the most thoughtful, hopeful, and downright soulful work to emerge from the Forest City. Bookended by his dynamic Hot Chocolate and Understand Each Other albums, 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. Packaged in an attractive slipcase, the quadruple LP features handsome gatefolds, and a booklet of never-before-seen photos of the Bandmaster at various stages of his career. Detailed liner notes follow renaissance man and storyteller Ragland along the peaks and valleys of a dynamic career that yielded a wealth of innovative music.

3xCD

3 x Compact discs
34 tracks totaling 161 minutes
1 x full color slipcase
3 x 5” cardboard sleeves
1 x 40 page saddle-stitched booklet

4xLP

4 x 120 gram LPs
34 tracks totaling 161 minutes
1 x full color slipcase
2 x full color gatefold tip-on jackets


TRACK LIST

Lou Ragland I Travel Alone
Lou Ragland Big Wheel
Volcanic Eruption Red Robin
Volcanic Eruption I’ve Got Something Going For Myself
Hot Chocolate Good For The Gander
Hot Chocolate We Had True Love
Hot Chocolate Ain’t That A Groove
Hot Chocolate So Dam Funky
Hot Chocolate Sexy Moods Of Your Mind
Hot Chocolate Messin’ With Sly
Hot Chocolate We Had True Love
Hot Chocolate What You Want To Do
Hot Chocolate What Should I Do
Lou Ragland Since You Said You’d Be Mine (45 version)
Lou Ragland I Didn’t Mean To Leave You
Wildfire Tend To Your Business
Lou Ragland Understand Each Other
Lou Ragland What Happened To The Feeling
Lou Ragland Since You Said You’d Be Mine (Album version)
Lou Ragland Just For Being You
Lou Ragland What Should I Do?
Lou Ragland It’s Got To Change
Lou Ragland The Next World
Lou Ragland Understand Each Other (Inst.)
Hot Chocolate The World Is A Ghetto (Live)
Hot Chocolate Understand Each Other (Live)
Hot Chocolate It Ain’t My Fault (Live)
Hot Chocolate Could It Be I’m Falling In Love (Live)
Hot Chocolate Until I Met You (Live)
Hot Chocolate Spend My Life Loving You (Live)
Hot Chocolate Brother Louie (Live)
Hot Chocolate Good For The Gander (Live)
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