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Eugene "Gene" McDaniels first broke through in the early '60s with pop soul hits like"A Hundred Pounds of Clay." But that was a different time…and a different man. Bythe time McDaniels recorded his 1970 album Outlaw, he had re-christened himself"the left rev mc d" and penned the soul-jazz protest anthem "Compared to What,"first recorded in 1966 by Les McCann and turned into a standard by McCann andsaxophonist Eddie Harris on their 1969 album Swiss Movement. Indeed, the frontcover of Outlaw left no doubt as to the radicalization of McDaniels' politics. As PatThomas puts it in the liner notes that we have added to this reissue, "One seesMiddle America's worst nightmare coming to life. There's the badass Reverend Leehimself holding a bible. Righteous Susan Jane in a jean jacket and black Frenchresistance turtleneck is wielding a machine gun, and McDaniels' then-wife Ramonaappears as a soul sister with cross your heart Viva Zapata! ammo belts. In theforefront is a large human skull, just in case you didn't already get the message."
The Nixon White House sure got the message; legend has it that the administration wasso offended by the lyrics to "Silent Majority" ("Silent Majority is calling out loud toyou and me from Arlington Cemetery") that either Spiro Agnew or Nixon's Chief ofStaff personally called Atlantic, asking them to stop working with McDaniels. Politicsaside, Outlaw offers a heady blend of soul, jazz, folk, and rock grooves played by RonCarter, Eric Weissberg, and Hugh McCracken among others, with legendaryproducer Joel Dorn at the controls and cult favorite William S. Fischer operating asMusical Director. Oft-sampled, and never more relevant, Real Gone's 50thanniversary release of Outlaw comes in a neon red vinyl pressing limited to 700copies. And those liner notes we mentioned previously? They come with some pithyMcDaniels quotes that confirm his revolutionary fervor remained unquenched till his death in 2011.
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