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 AtRu-Jac (Parker also serves as the consulting producer for all of Omnivore’sRu-Jac releases) and Gene & Eddie - True Enough: Gene & Eddie With SirJoe At Ru-Jac. In January, Omnivore will roll out two various artists volumesfollowed by two more in February, collecting for the very first time anywherethe audio history of Ru-Jac Records. Each volume is produced by the GrammyAward-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski and Kevin Coombe, East Coast soulhistorian. Coombe provides liner notes detailing the rise and eventual closureof the label, and its close ties to the segregated beaches and performancespaces of the region.
Rare photos and ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate andtrace the history of the label. Utilizing original tapes, extremely collectible 45s,and acetates, all four volumes underwent extensive restoration and masteringby Grammy Award winning engineer, Michael Graves. Volume One, SomethingGot a Hold on Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume One, 1963-1964 contains28 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued. The other 18 tracks chart the historyof the first 45s issued by the label and includes songs by Winfield Parker,Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters, and Brenda Jones among others.
Tracks: Fatback (Take 1) Lamont Esquires / Please Don’t Go Jessie Crawfordwith Kay Keys Band / I Love You So Jessie Crawford with Kay Keys Band / AWoman Like You Little Sonny Daye with The Shyndells Band / I’m ThroughWith You Little Sonny Daye with The Shyndells Band / Every Day I HaveThe Blues (Take 2) Jeanne Dee / Saving All My Loving (Mr. T) Tiny Tim / It’sEverything To Me (Mr. T) Tiny Tim / I Want To Be Sure Celestine / You WonCelestine / Cross Track (Take 2) Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters / WhenI’m Alone Winfield Parker / Can’t You See Brenda Jones / Let’s Go Back ToSchool Brenda Jones / That’s All You Have To Do Brenda Jones / One OfThese Mornings (Take 3) Winfield Parker / Put A Light In The Window CharlesJohnson / My Father Watches Over Me Fruitland Harmonizers / Take Care OfMe Fruitland Harmonizers / Something Got A Hold On Me Unknown Artist /All Over Again (feat. Marie Allen) The Teardrops Band / Crying Won’t Help YouThe Teardrops Band featuring Marie Allen / Trash Can Unknown Artist / Don’tBit Mo Rockin’ Robin