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Willie Wright: Telling The Truth (Numero #38)

Vinyl LP Record
5 Stars (2 customer reviews)
Price: $20.97
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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  • w/ Bonus 7" Vinyl Single
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  • CD $17.97

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Product Details

  • Release Date: Jan 25, 2011
  • Record Label: Numero Group
  • Barcode: 825764103817
  • Item #: NUM038LP
  • Weight: 1 lb 2 oz

Summary

Over the course of eight years, The Numero Group has journeyed to scads of tiny island nations in search of rare and previously unknown recordings. This time we kept it a little closer to home, unearthing a soul-folk curiosity on the one-stoplight cay of Nantucket. By no means a thriving musical community in the 70s or otherwise, the limerick-inducing isle played home to Greenwich Village folk singer Willie Wright for a few years, producing his second and final album in the process.

Born of Harlem doo-wop roots and refined by Boston's counterculture scene, Wright arrived in Nantucket in 1976 well worn by two decades of street corner and club performing, eager to make the easy money only a private yacht clientele could guarantee. Trapped on the island over winter, a set of original songs poured into his cover-heavy set. Tales of Wright's native roots, straight life, his abandoned four children, and the many women he had known flooded his loose leaf notebook before finally being set to tape in New York the following spring.

Tracked with George "Buzzy" Bragg and Herry Jensen (of Skull Snaps and Jimmy Castor Bunch fame, respectively) in one day with minimal overdubs, Telling The Truth was, and would remain, Willie Wright's brightest and most inspired moment. Sold from the trunk of a car and from a handful of resort stages, the humble album disappeared into the collections and garages of Nantucket tourists, taking what was left of a near-30-year career along with it.

Available for the first time since 1977, this expanded edition of Telling The Truth gathers Wright's lone 45 and only original composition from his first LP to tell the definitive Willie Wright story. The deluxe LP edition includes a replica 7" of his cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Right On For The Darkness" (with his original "Africa" on the flip), while the CD takes that same single and shrinks it to a portable 4.72" record that actually plays!

Track Listing

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1. Hello, Music People Of The World (Intro)
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2. Nantucket Island
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3. Lady Of The Year
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4. I'm So Happy Now
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5. In The Beauty of The Night
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6. Love Is Expensive
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7. Okay, Once Again (Intro)
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8. Jackie's Song
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9. Son, Don't Let Life Pass You By
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10. Indian Reservation
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11. Dressing For The Occasion
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12. It's Only Life, That's All
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13. Right On For The Darkness
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14. Africa
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15. Lack Of Education
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Name: (Posted: 6/20/2012 12:41:00 AM; Partial IP: 183.145.64)
Location: Burlington Vermont
Comment: Hi, I'm writing to let you know that Willie Wright, whose 1978 classic LP "Telling the Truth" was re-issued by Chicago re-issue label Numero Group last year,  has made a brand new album called "This is not a Dream." The re-issue got very positive response from soul fans and new listeners; "Good Morning America" featured one of the tunes ("I'm So Happy") from it on May 7, 2011, and the first pressing sold out in a matter of weeks. All of this is what has inspired Willie to ease temporarily out of retirement, assemble a new band with some old friends in Burlington, Vermont, and craft his first studio album in 34 years. He is now 73 and copes with advanced Parkinson's, but can still make arrestingly beautiful music with thoughtful lyrics. His "smooth as warm butter" voice is still powerful, even though at the same time, it reveals a more fragile and emotional side than in his early career. This new record was released by Green Coil Records in Burlington, Vermont on April 24, 2012. Given that he is not able to gig or tour in support of the album, we are depending on reviews and word of mouth to promote it - please look for it on the web, on YouTube etc., give a listen and let us know what you think! Thank you Bob Green Green Coil Records Burlington, Vermont, USA
Name: (Posted: 1/12/2011 10:59:00 PM; Partial IP: 161.206.41)
Location: Burlington, VT
Comment: There is no deeper cat than Willie Wright and his music speaks -- indeed -- to universal truths in this life. I highly recommend this for all music lovers everywhere!
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