He has one of the flyest albums I ever heard and on his on ish. The adlibbs are bazerk! HAAAAAAAA! FANGGGG!

Bio(Courtesy of  Staxrecords.com and LightintheAttic.com):

Stax Records:

Lou Bond (real name: Ronald Edward Lewis) is still well and alive and living in Memphis. See his interview for more details on the Light In The Attic CD reissue. His only We-Produce/Stax LP is really fascinating and full of atmosphere with his backings a la Isaac Hayes. A rare and underrated late Stax production.

“Lou Bond is not to be categorized he is like no other artist in the business. Past or present.” Thus reads the cover blurb on Lou Bond’s eponymous 1974 LP for the Stax imprint We Produce. Truer words have seldom, if ever, appeared on an album cover. Bond, whose politically conscious, freestyle lyrics brand him a utopian jazzman, was backed on his one and only recording by both “the horns of South Memphis” (whoever they were) and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s string section (ditto). It is alternately spare and overproduced, and is far too eclectic to ever attract the ears of the masses. It’s a collection of headphones-only musicianship and new age field hollers. And though it is easy to see why this Stax artist fell between the cracks of music history, for those who have acquired the taste, Lou Bond is a real treat.

How can anyone resist Bond’s raspy answer to Jackie Wilson’s falsetto, married to Grand Master Flash-style flows like “They’re fussin’ ’bout the bussing,” with a straight face? Bond the equitable philosopher warns the snobs of the world to get their noses out of the air, because the air is polluted. His songs are unique, to say the least. They are, perhaps, sometimes unintentionally humorous, but more often than not they are profoundly sweet and addictive. Lou Bond will make a rare appearance at the opening reception for David Julian Leonard’s photo exhibition on Friday, December 1st, at photogallery memphis, 383 South Main Street.” – Chris Davis The Memphis Flyer #615 12/1/2000

Light In The Attic:

Misplaced on the We Produce imprint of the legendary Stax label, soulful troubadour Lou Bond never received the recognition befitting his talent and the strength of his recordings. A voice of conscious strumming an acoustic guitar with a magnetic vocal delivery, Bond should have taken his rightful place among his more lauded peers during the 1960s and 70s. Light in the Attic Records is proud to reissue his eponymous album from 1974, a powerhouse confluence of Bond’s fiery lyricism and Memphis orchestral soul, that even in its nearly four decades of anonymity, managed to influence some of contemporary music’s biggest stars – Outkast and Mary J. Blige each sampled his nearly 12-minute gem, “To The Establishment.” A gifted artist whose luster is finally being restored.

A nearly forgotten classic, Lou Bond’s eponymous 1974 album evokes a feeling of change, a collection of songs touching on a range of topics from civil rights to social injustice to the Vietnam War. This a rare album where the music and the message are in perfect harmony. Released here with four bonus tracks, and for the first time on CD and in its first vinyl reissue. A lost classic brought out of the shadows.

Lou Bond, whose eponymous 1974 album is being reissued by Light In The Attic (available Tuesday in CD, LP and Digital formats), is one of those misfit artists difficult to categorize. He played acoustic guitar and sang songs that brimmed with social commentary, but had the misfortune of recording for the We Produce label during a time its parent company, Stax Records, was in serious decline. He was an incongruous presence on a label that had built its reputation on soul and funk. For such a gifted musician, it was an unfortunate confluence of bad timing and poor fit. And was that cat talented. One listen to his aforementioned self-titled release makes that apparent. Bond had a knack for the kind of conscious songwriting that was insightful and critical but rarely proselytized. His tender vocal delivery gave his songs the effect of a politicized ballad – mournful songs of protest. His acoustic guitar was his primary accompaniment, but the album also includes lush, soulful orchestral arrangements, a nod to the formidable and inescapable Stax legacy Bond was party to. Light In The Attic is proud to reissue Lou Bond. Remastered from original tapes, it will be the title’s first CD release and first vinyl reissue. Four previously unreleased bonus tracks are also available (one on CD, two on a 7″ single with the vinyl release, and all are included in the digital format).

– This is my ish right here –

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