Lou Ragland – 1978 – Is The Conveyor He Says Understand Each Other

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Fantastic! This is from “the best soul album you never heard”, a true masterpiece from the legendary soul icon LOU RAGLAND.

Outstanding soul/funk album out of Ohio with Lou Ragland on all tracks and interestingly Gus Hawkins on flute and tenor (the famed flute player who blasted the flute solo in ‘Burning Spear’ on the album by S.O.U.L.)

This album starts off with a SUPER BREAK and just keeps getting better and better, vocals are very tasetful and sound great! recording is top notch… you can see why his original records are the bomb with this record…

A definite prize possession in any serious soul/funk fan’s collection!!!

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Thank you Dave O’Connell for the Original Vinyl Rip

A1 Understand Each Other 6:17
A2 What Happened To The Feeling 5:32
A3 Since You Said You’d Be Mine 3:31
A4 Just For Being You (Lovin You) 3:25
B1 What Should I Do? 3:34
B2 It’s Got To Change 3:18
B3 The Next World 4:54
B4 Understand Each Other (Instrumental) 4:59

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For a lot of reasons, He Says “Understand Each Other” sounds like the result of one long, relaxed jam session.  It’s there in how the melodies always sound unstructured and free.  It’s there in how the bass player drives everything from the back with some stunning performances.  It’s there in the way every song outstays its welcome, ever so slightly (with the possible exception of “It’s Got To Change”, the album’s most blissed-out song), yet the whole thing still seems to be over too soon.  But mostly, it’s there in just how low down and murky the recording is.  Honestly, it’s like Lee Perry showed and blew smoke over the tapes.  What with the sound quality and the dominance of the bass work, you half expect it to turn into a reggae album whenever the electric organ shows up.  The only soul album I can come up with off the top of my head that sounds like this is There’s A Riot Goin’ On, though this doesn’t go to quite the same extreme.

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The criticism that’s most obvious when it comes to this album is the lack of a stand-out song, but it’s not really a criticism at all – the reality is that you expect a song like that because every other soul album of this quality has one.  An implicit comparison to You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up, Hot Buttered Soul, Let’s Get It On, Superfly, and Innervisions – how many more compliments are higher?

Deep, and deeply soulful, the album falters only once, on an instrumental reprise that is actually not all that bad.  

This is just a quality slab of soul.


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  • Mel
    Posted at 10:10h, 05 September 2016 Reply


  • Tedd
    Posted at 18:33h, 05 September 2016 Reply

    Oh My God. Brilliant record. Thank you so much.

  • Pietro
    Posted at 19:49h, 05 September 2016 Reply

    Wonderful ★★★★★

  • Michael
    Posted at 20:55h, 05 September 2016 Reply

    ONE WORD, EPIC .!!!!

  • Andreas
    Posted at 21:09h, 05 September 2016 Reply

    Just simply priceless 

  • Pat299
    Posted at 09:23h, 06 September 2016 Reply

    I was hoping this would eventually show up. Thanks very much worth the download!

  • Woody
    Posted at 09:26h, 06 September 2016 Reply

    Wow! Another Album I missed completely. I can only thank you for sharing.

  • The Lion
    Posted at 09:01h, 07 September 2016 Reply

    I’ve always wanted to check this out. Much appreciated.

  • Laercio
    Posted at 18:45h, 07 September 2016 Reply


  • Stacy
    Posted at 19:14h, 07 September 2016 Reply

    Never heard of it, but it wouldn’t be the first time I found a gem thanks to you!

  • rich
    Posted at 22:59h, 07 September 2016 Reply

    thank you nikos

  • B.B.S.
    Posted at 09:45h, 08 September 2016 Reply

    Killer Soul

  • Gianmaria
    Posted at 17:34h, 08 September 2016 Reply

    Grazie mille♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡♥♡

  • Leon
    Posted at 18:57h, 09 September 2016 Reply

    A delightful overlooked gem. FMS rules.

  • Ram3
    Posted at 20:24h, 09 September 2016 Reply

    Great post. Thank u.

  • Arman
    Posted at 23:04h, 11 September 2016 Reply

    Hey, thanks for sharing your collection. Never seen this one before and it’s wonderful.

  • Beatit
    Posted at 23:12h, 11 September 2016 Reply

    Totally excellent soul music at its best the way i like to hear it

  • Morris
    Posted at 23:15h, 11 September 2016 Reply

    Been seeking this great album for some time. Thanks for putting it up.

  • 12G12
    Posted at 23:20h, 12 September 2016 Reply

    I didn’t know this one. It’s a real killer, though. many thanks for sharing.

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 09:14h, 16 September 2016 Reply

    Great one! Thank you!

  • Dennis Luna
    Posted at 17:32h, 18 September 2016 Reply


  • Jr Fernando
    Posted at 16:21h, 21 September 2016 Reply

    holy.. crap.. that was good!!

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