A stunning early chapter in the career of singer/
songwrtiter Kenny Rankin – an artist who'd later break big with a unique mix of jazz and folk, but who already sounds pretty amazing on these early singles recorded for Columbia Records! We'll be honest, we didn't even know about this part of Kenny's career until this set – we first fell in love with his early albums on Mercury
in the late 60s – but the set here is completely revelatory, and shows a whole new side of the Rankin genius that should have been huge! Kenny sings a fair bit of original material on the set – and the songs are already very unique – with echoes of jazz, maybe a bit of bossa, some more mainstream phrasing, and definite currents of folk when Rankin plays acoustic guitar. Most tracks were produced by Robert Mersey, some with a slight uptown soul current – and two were produced by Dion, in his hipper, folksier mode – but it's clear right from the start that Kenny's a star that can shine more than brightly enough on its own. Titles include early versions of "In The Name Of Love" and "Haven't We Met" – plus "Don't Go To Strangers", "Come On & Be My Love", "US Mail", "There'll Be No Other Love For Me", "Baby Goodbye", and "Soft Guitar".
(Beautiful Japanese pressing! Presented by Pied Piper Days, too.)