Love Is Gone: The Lost Sessions: 1969-1977

Richard Marks

Love Is Gone: The Lost Sessions: 1969-1977

  • Label: Now Again
  • Catalogue number: NA5197LP
  • Format: 2 x LP
  • Genres: Funk, Modern Soul, Northern Soul, Soul, Soul Funk
  • Origin: United States



  1. Your Friends (Broke Up My Home)
  2. Trying To Survive
  3. It's Been Kinda Hard
  4. Down On Broadway
  5. I'm The Man For You (Master Tape version)
  6. Crackerjack (Master Tape version)
  7. Never Satisfied (Master Tape version)
  8. Love & Hate
  9. Don't Need Your Love
  10. I'm With You Love
  11. Coming Back Home To You
  12. People In The World Today
  13. Simple Carefree Life
  14. Challenge To A Pretty Woman
  15. On A Minors Tour
  16. I Don't Want To Cry
  17. Love Is Gone
  18. Speak Now
  19. Don't Take It Out On Me
  20. China Doll (extended version)
  21. Freeway Crowd (instrumental)
  22. Working Hard (instrumental)
  23. China Doll (short version)
  24. She's A Real Woman
  25. Track 25 (instrumental)
  26. Sugar, Sugar (How I Want To Be Your Man)

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These songs, found on reels that Marks kept in his home, colour Marks’ stylistic development - from his earliest work for the legendary Tuska label in the late ‘60s, through his more mature releases on smaller regional labels into the late ‘70s.

Marks’ story is that of an unsung soul and funk hero; he was a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose phone number was in Al Green’s, Barry White’s and Eddie Kendricks’ rolodexes, but his talents have only been heard in sporadic bursts. He and his music are unknown to the majority, but to an obsessive minority, he is a lightning rod: that singular point at which numerous Southern soul and funk musicians converged and exploded, spreading wondrous music in all directions.

Marks died of cancer in May 2006 and he stands out as a most mysterious talent to originate from Atlanta, a city that birthed no shortage of genius, and 'Love Is Gone – The Lost Sessions 1969-1977' further makes the case for a reassessment of his talents and his place in the soul and funk canon.

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