This is the first CD in a new series for the record label that, “…charts the evolution of soul music across America through genres like R&B, blues and proto soul spanning the fifties and early sixties.” Rather than take each artist at a time, the series forms around the compilation format and, in this first effort, covers 25 tracks.
Eternal Rituals represents a heavier side of Junius, who constantly surprise album to album, and song to song with their unique touches and flourishes. While their EPs are mostly forgettable, their previous 2 full-length albums had a core sound to them that Junius extends to this new album and yet manages to carve out a unique identity for it with enough musical adventure to keep you engaged throughout its short 45 minute duration. Songs like The Queen's Constellation and A Mass for Metaphysicans are true delights to return to over and over. Where do they come up with these song and long album titles? Overall this is their career best album since their stunning debut 8 years ago, a moving and tragic paean to the theorist Immaneul Velikosky. Fans of dark rock, indie music and 90's gothic metal are sure to find this a real treat.
Stephanie Mills was a native New Yorker having been born and brought up in the borough of Brooklyn. She first tasted success as a singer at the age of 9, winning the famed Apollo Theatre’s amateur hour several weeks in a row, which opened the doors to Broadway as a cast member in “Maggie Flynn” and as opening act for The Isley Brothers. Mills big break came in 1975 when she landed the lead role of Dorothy in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “The Wiz,” based on The Wizard Of Oz. Jermaine Jackson was suitably impressed and was instrumental in helping her get signed to Motown Records to record her second album after “Movin’ In The Right Direction” on ABC records in 1974.