The baltimore soul/r&b label ru-jac records was founded in 1963 by localpromoter Rufus Mitchell and investor partner Jack Bennett (their namesforming the Ru-Jac name). The label primarily released regional soul/R&Bsingles from 1963 until the mid 1970s, when Mitchell stepped away tofocus on another business venture.
Omnivore has already released single-artist packages by some of the label’sbiggest names, including Winfield Parker - Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac (Parker also serves as the consulting producer for all of Omnivore’s Ru-Jacreleases) and Gene & Eddie - True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe AtRu-Jac. In January, Omnivore will roll out two various artists volumes followedby two more in February, collecting for the very fi rst time anywhere the audiohistory of Ru-Jac Records.
Each volume is produced by the Grammy Award-winning producer CherylPawelski and Kevin Coombe, East Coast soul historian. Coombe provides linernotes detailing the rise and eventual closure of the label, and its close ties tothe segregated beaches and performance spaces of the region. Rare photosand ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate and tracethe history of the label. Utilizing original tapes, extremely collectible 45s, andacetates, all four volumes underwent extensive restoration and mastering byGrammy Award winning engineer, Michael Graves. Volume Two, Get Right:The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume Two, 1964-1966 contains 22 tracks, 8 of thempreviously unissued, including newly discovered demos by Arthur Conley.The other 14 tracks are derived from 45s issued by the label as Ru-Jac startedto gain momentum in the region, and includes songs by Shirley Of The SoulSisters & Brother, The Mask Man & The Cap-Tans, and Bobby Sax & HisHouse Keepers among others.
Tracks: It Must Be Love Brenda Jones / I’m So Afraid Brenda Jones / SoAlone (Take 3) Brenda Jones / It Must Be Love (Backing Track) Brenda Jones/ What More (Can Anyone Want) Shirley of The Soul Sisters & Brother /You Don’t Really Care Shirley of The Soul Sisters & Brother / Goose PimplesButch Cornell’s Trio / Here € Tis Now Butch Cornell’s Trio / Goose Pimples(Alternate Version) Butch Cornell’s Trio / Where You Lead Me Harold Holt /I’m A Stranger Harold Holt / Where You Lead Me (Alternate Version 2) HaroldHolt / Whole Lotta Woman (Demo) Arthur Conley / Get Right Bobby Sax &His House Keepers / Soul At Last Bobby Sax & His House Keepers / Come OnOver The Neltones / C’est Le Vie (That’s Life) The Neltones / I Love You JustThe Same (Demo) Winfield Parker / I Love You Just The Same (Version 1, Take5) Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band / Love Can Do Wonders The MaskMan & The Cap-Tans / Chicken Wings The Mask Man & The Cap-Tans / HidingOut In Blue Shadows (Demo) Arthur Conley