Darondo, Let My People Go

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Let My People Go

The cult soul hero scant, but stunning, recording history compiled.

In the early '70s, a San Francisco man-about-town who went by the name Darondo recorded three flawless seven-inch singles of folky soul, and promptly disappeared back into the fast life. Some thirty years later, having become a cult hero to Gilles Peterson and discerning soul collectors worldwide, Darondo seems a missing link between Al Green's sacred stirrings and Sly Stone's all-out freak-outs. This compilation is an absolute revelation, collecting his brilliant singles — the weepy, face-melting ballad “Didn't I,” the sexy “Legs” and the rousing, protest-themed title track — as well as unreleased demos. Free at last!