Out Now – Richard Marks’ “Never Satisfied” Southern Soul/Funk Anthology on LP/Book/CD

Now-Again | May. 18, 2015 | News | ,

Legendary soul and funk singles from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Marks. Includes previously unreleased tracks. Book w/ CD, 2 LP w/ booklet. Out now!

Buy the album at our webstore at rappcats.com – ships immediately!

Above – a short film about our long-awaited Richard Marks anthology Never Satisfied, shot and edited by Bennett Piscitelli. More info on this important Southern soul/funk compendium in our earlier post here – but what Marks’ son Terrence says in the film says it all. This all-too-talented – yet criminally uncelebrated – musician was never satisfied, and left dozens of beautiful songs for us to rightfully place in America’s canon.


Announcing: Richard Marks “Never Satisfied”

Now-Again | Mar. 31, 2015 | News | , ,

Legendary soul and funk singles from Atlanta guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Marks. Includes previously unreleased tracks. Book w/ CD, 2 LP w/ booklet. Out now!

Seven years in the making, Never Satisfied is our collection of legendary soul and funk singles by Atlanta Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richard Marks. This 21 track anthology follows Marks’ stylistic development, from his earliest work for the legendary Tuska label, from 1968 until approximately 1972, through his more mature releases on the Shout label and smaller regional labels like Note, Free Spirit and RSC. It also includes two tracks never released in any form, found on reels Marks had maintained in his Atlanta home.

Marks’ story is that on an unsung soul and funk hero; a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose number was in Al Green’s, Barry White’s and Eddie Kendricks’ rolodexes, but whose talents have only been heard in sporadic bursts since his 45s were released and disappeared into Atlanta’s urban expanse. This is the story of a father and husband who managed to keep his family together as he gigged the third shift six nights a week. The story of a man who wished for more and whose talent is overdue for reassessment.

Marks 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’ impeccable run of 7” singles, released largely on tiny, local labels, are the stuff of legend, and are hen’s-teeth-rare.

Marks died of cancer in May of 2006, never having issued an album, either in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when many of his peers were able to find a way to issue an LP, or in anthology form in his later years. He never granted an interview. Given the caliber of his recordings and the near complete lack of information available about him before the issue of this anthology, Marks stands out as the most mysterious talent to originate from Atlanta, a city that birthed no shortage of genius, from acclaimed worldwide (the Mighty Hannibal), obscure yet celebrated (Lee Moses) and local, but well documented (Tommy Stewart). Never Satisfied aims to illuminate the life and career of this all-too-talented musician.

56 page perfect bound 9″ x 6″ book with CD and 2LP with 20 page booklet. Book/Booklet contains extensive essays on Marks’ career and is full of never-before-seen photos and ephemera from this crucial Southern soul and funk epoch. Download card included with LP version.

Richard Marks – Never Satisfied

Now-Again | Jan. 18, 2015 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

Personnel: Richard Marks (Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals) and others.
Original sessions produced by Richard Marks and others.
This compilation produced by Eothen Alapatt; researched by Brian Poust and Eothen Alapatt with liner notes and annotation by Brian Poust.

All songs licensed courtesy Catherine and Terrence Marks except “You Ain’t No Good” and “Why Did You Leave Me?” licensed courtesy Donald Cantrell.

Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.
Art direction by Errol F. Richardson.

CD Tracklist:

Funky Fingers 2.08
Boom Boom 2.45
Funky Four Corners (Vocal) 2.40
Funky Four Corners (Instrumental) 2.34
Crackerjack 2.46
I’m The Man For You 2.33
Never Satisfied 3.22
Did You Ever Lose Something 2.27
You Ain’t No Good 2.58
Why Did You Leave Me? 2.56
Mr Santa Claus 4:57
(Santa Claus Helping Hand)
Home For The Holidays 2.56
(Mother’s Wish For Christmas)
Don’t Take It Out On Me 2.49
Love Is Gone 2.28
Ups and Downs 3.41
Living My Life (Day To Day) 3.22
Speak Now 3.14
Purple Haze 2.28
Innocent Bystander (Vocal) 3:23
Pretty Woman Pass On By 3.07
I’m With You Love 2.44

LP Tracklist:

A:
Funky Fingers 2.08
Boom Boom 2.45
Funky Four Corners (Vocal) 2.40
Funky Four Corners (Instrumental) 2.34
Crackerjack 2.46
I’m The Man For You 2.33

B:
Never Satisfied 3.22
Did You Ever Lose Something 2.27
You Ain’t No Good 2.58
Why Did You Leave Me? 2.56
Mr Santa Claus 4:57
(Santa Claus Helping Hand)

C:
Home For The Holidays 2.56
(Mother’s Wish For Christmas)
Don’t Take It Out On Me 2.49
Love Is Gone 2.28
Ups and Downs 3.41
Living My Life (Day To Day) 3.22

D:
Speak Now 3.14
Purple Haze 2.28
Innocent Bystander (Vocal) 3:23
Pretty Woman Pass On By 3.07
I’m With You Love 2.44

2LP, CD/Book and Digital. 2015. NA5116

Egon’s Funk Archaeology at RBMA: The Records Atlanta Soul/Funk Legend Richard Marks’ Left Behind

Now-Again | Jun. 6, 2014 | Picks | ,

Linked below: Egon’s newest Funk Archaeology post at Red Bull Music Academy’s website, this time offering a peek into the process behind the forthcoming Richard Marks anthology on Now-Again. Read about the records that this soul and funk great left behind after he passed away, and immerse yourself in the process that we live every day, trying to give unsung heroes their due props while they’re still with us.

The download this time around: a second cut from the rare Moon Song publishing demo LP referenced in the piece, an unheard soul ballad by an unknown group that we’ll almost certainly never find.

The New Series: Richard Marks’ Records – Egon’s Funk Archaeology at Red Bull Music Academy.
The Old Series: Egon’s Funk Archaeology at NPR.
Download: Unknown Artist: “Any Part I’ll Play”

Update: Richard Marks Anthology

Now-Again | Oct. 7, 2013 | News |

A few months ago we announced that we’d completed negotiations with Georgia soul and funk hero Richard Marks’ family to issue a comprehensive anthology of his rare 45s. Egon has been spending time in Atlanta with Richard’s family and friends, uncovering master tapes, never-before-seen photos and superb examples of first-hand ephemera – such as the early 70s juke-joint show poster that Roy Lee Johnson holds above. The anthology will feature liner notes by noted Georgia soul and funk archivist Brian Proust and is right on track on for a 2014 release.

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