Sunday, 3 June 2018

Ruby Andrews “Black Ruby” 1972 US Chicago Soul


Ruby Andrews “Black Ruby” 1972 US Chicago Soul 
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Ruby Andrews’ second album on Zodiac Records has many highs; it produced the minor hit “You Made a Believer Out of Me.” Another cut, “Just Lovin’ You,” a 1968 mid-tempo romp with passionate wailing, has achieved cult status among European soul fans and to many makes this whole hard-to-find album worthwhile. Though Zodiac was based in Chicago, owner Ric Williams cut these tracks at Universal Studios in Memphis, TN, in an attempt to give the album Southern flavor. He didn’t quite achieve his goal, as these sound like uptown cuts and not at all like what Carla Thomas was doing. Other picks include “(I Wanta Be) Whatever It Takes to Please You,” “Overdose of Love,” “My Love Is Comin’ Down,” and “Hound Dog.”..by Andrew Hamilton….~


Chicago soul singer Ruby Andrews scored her first hit in 1967 with “Casonova (Your Playing Days Are Over)” which rose to #9 on the US R&B charts. In 1972 she released the full length album “Black Ruby.” Cut in Memphis, Tennessee, Ruby’s second album for the Zodiac label produced the hit “You Made A Believer Out Of Me,” but another cut, “Just Lovin’ You” has gone on to achieve cult status among the Northern Soul crowd in Europe. Finally available in the digital domain, the original album is presented here, newly remastered…..~


A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record’s got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous vocals, and these arrangements that are right on the money – and which pack a solid funky punch into nearly every tune! Brothers Of Soul provide the great backings – but Ruby’s the clear star of the show, and works here in a deep soul style that blows us away every time we hear the record – and we’ve been listening to this one for more than a few decades. Wonderful all the way through – and with titles that include the funky classic ….~


Well I really liked Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over) so I was quite happy to hear more from Ruby. The sound quality on this one is a bit washed out also unfortunately but the music is still great. It’s got soulful grooves and the strings but in decent moderation, she actually has a really good backing band (I think it’s Brothers of Soul). "Didn’t I Fool You”, “The Love I Need”, “You Ole Boo Boo You” and her minor hit “You Made A Believer Out Of Me” were a few of my favorites, but she really gets down and dirty vocally…it’s great! This album is probably the ballsiest I’ve ever heard Ruby be (which I definitely like), and it’s probably a more funk oriented album so fans the genre should check this album out. At the same time there are several wicked soulful numbers that prove she belongs near the top of both genres, seriously effortless. I’m actually sort of surprised that with two very solid albums (maybe even three…I haven’t heard it yet) that Ruby isn’t a bigger name. If you wanna get down, give Ruby this is a try seriously overlooked treat!….by…Goregirl ….~


Although for the longest time she has been a Chicago resident, Ruby Andrews’ wonderfully dramatic vocals sounds like straight from the deep south of the USA. Actually, that is where she was born in Hollandale, Mississippi, in 1947. She recorded at least six albums that are each highly treasured by soul and funk fans all over the world. ‘Black Ruby’, the brilliant second LP from this marvelous soulsinger first appeared on the Zodiac label in 1972. Just one minor nationally charted hit came off the LP. But as a whole it is even more revered than her hit-laden predecessor among soul aficionados. It’s considered an exemplary classic of a deep- and Chicago-soul album. The music has re-appeared some times in one form or another but the LP was never before fully reissued on high quality vinyl! Everland is thus very proud to re-present the 'Black Ruby’ album in closest to original format with that beautifully designed and shiny psychedelic album cover. A true gem indeed….~




Tracklist
A1 (I Want To Be) Whatever It Takes To Please You 6:06 
A2 Overdose Of Love 2:29 
A3 The Love I Need 2:50 
A4 Didn’t I Fool You? 2:58 
A5 You Made A Believer Out Of Me 2:40 
B1 Good 'N Plenty 2:55 
B2 You Ole Boo Boo You 2:50 
B3 Just Lovin’ You 2:50 
B4 My Love Is Comin’ Down 2:50 
B5 Hound Dog 3:10 

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