Forgotten Treasure: Lou Bond “Lou Bond” (1974)
An incredible artist has passed on and although he may yet remain unknown to most hopefully his music will be brought to the forefront because the only record he has ever released is a poignant masterpiece. Lou Bond is the epitome of an engaged artist, his self-titled release on Stax subsidiary We Produce touches upon many social causes in a very original way with unique and creative lyrics and vocals.
He brings the earnst hard hitting memphis soul approach with folk sensibilities while trying to reach ”What’s going on ” levels of artistery, relevance and orchestration. The result is a soul opus that will leave no one indifferent. This BBC review really details the context in which the record was created and allows you to hear what Bond was aiming to accomplish.
For me personally, the song To the establishement is the crowning achievement, a timeless song that transcends genres and is sure to touch any listener to the core. I was so excited to get a copy i used it as the opening to my 24HOV set. So in rememberance to Lou’s music do yourself a favor and purchase the light in the attic reissue i guarantee the record will occupy a special place in your collection. At the very least listen to this song and spare a thought for a humble artist who left all of his soul on an sublime forgotten treasure of an album.