Bail Out

D.J. Rogers is one of the many singers who popped up in the 70s, recorded a bit, and then disappeared again, leaving hard-to-find-but-often-inspired soul and funk behind. “Bail Out” is the last track on Rogers’ 1973 debut album, D.J. Rogers. The bass here is so big it completely overwhelms Rogers’ vocals. Rogers — often sounding like a slightly less insane version of Sly Stone (and surely Larry Graham’s bass-playing with Sly informs the bass work here) — keeps singing “I wanna bail out, wanna get away.” Guitars try to help him keep the bass at bay, but it’s too powerful, and everyone’s going down with the ship. But the listener profits from Rogers’ troubles, which offer an exceptionally groovy get-away.

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