D.J. Rogers – 1973 – D.J. Rogers

If you love Luther Vandross, then you will simply adore Mr. D.J. Rogers, as Luther, D.J. Rogers is also a tenor, with an smooth incredible range. D.J. Rogers balladry, simply put must heard, it reaches the heart and kidney. D.J. Rogers has been truly blessed by the True God to sing. This guy never had the air play he deserved.

It’s hard to understand why the very first album of gospel-inflected soul singer, songwriter and keyboardist D.J. Rogers, a kind of forgotten Sly Stone brother, hasn’t be reissued yet. The album was released on the Shelter label in 1973, but the project failed, mostly due to the label’s withdrawal of funds to the group who was trying to promote the record with shows in their Los Angeles hometown and around. From what I understand Shelter had been dropped by its distributor Capitol/EMI to find a deal only the next year with MCA Records… This was just not the right time, right place. Anyway Capitol bought the Shelter catalogue in 1993, so there’s still hope for this forgotten soul classic to see the light of day again!

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Shelter Records LP including covers.

A1. Listen to the Message 3:43
A2. Where There’s a Will 3:27
A3. Take Time 5:12
A4. Watch Out for the Riders 3:11
A5. March On 3:09
B1. Celebration 3:52
B2. It’s All Over 4:33
B3. Don’t You Want to Ride 8:07
B4. Ball Out 4:20

This early release from D.J. Rogers is one of his best. Cut for the Shelter label in 1973, before Rogers gained some exposure on RCA and Columbia, the eponymous album features plenty of the gospel-inflected soul the singer/producer/arranger would become known for. In fact, the bulk here is squarely bent on the kind of community-driven positivism found in the black church (“March On,” “Where There’s a Will”). And the music certainly reflects the lofty sentiments, as strings, choral singing, and urbane soul grooves ensure a truly inspired mix; this blend is especially well essayed on the extended, heaven-bound travelogue “Don’t You Want to Ride.”

A soul classic that’s unfortunately still buried in album-bin oblivion.

Never released on CD and i can not find any vinyl available for sell.

You can also listen his 1976 “On The Road again” album here which voted in the best 100 Soul Albums of all time by Mojo Magazine.

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Conversation for album: D.J. Rogers – 1973 – D.J. Rogers

  • hooch
    Posted at 17:46h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Many thanks nikos – loved his other LP.

  • trag
    Posted at 18:59h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    I’ve seen his name forever but I’ve never purchased one of his records. After hearing this, that is going to change!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 19:59h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos! I think I’ve heard this one before but your rips are always the best! Much Appreciated

    Posted at 20:27h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Fantastic !!!!!!!

    Posted at 21:22h, 25 November 2008 Reply


  • The Dharma Bum
    Posted at 21:44h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Much appreciated brother, Havent listened to it yet but the song on the youtube vid was really good. Thanks again

  • 92bpms
    Posted at 22:08h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Man this looks good. I’ve seen the name pop up from time to time and I’ve always wondered. So many thanks for this.

  • manny
    Posted at 22:57h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 23:27h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Heat alert! A beast of a soul record which will melt the faces of your soul-night devotees. Put Kanye into an early retirement with the dynamite contained within. Slow heart exploding ballads & syrupy uptempo dancers with big splashes of gut bucket funk. A baller’s soul album that surfaces at the same regularity as a pot of gold at the end of the soul rainbow!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 23:49h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    Re-release ‘Bail Out’ and see it home to the number one spot !!!

  • apostropher
    Posted at 04:17h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    What a fantastic album. Thanks for this.

  • JTF
    Posted at 09:35h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    You are right about DJ… underrated as they come!

  • lou
    Posted at 10:52h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    Both album of DJ are great. Lovely tunes.

  • Solar
    Posted at 12:30h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    Wow! thanks for this rare gem!

  • Simon
    Posted at 12:39h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    ‘Bail Out’ is just the hottest 🙂 Great post Nikos!

  • ahawk
    Posted at 16:10h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks nikos, great album.

  • Ben
    Posted at 20:04h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    Wonderful 70’s soul music.

  • rich
    Posted at 21:40h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    dj rogers was a great artist had some good songs. thank u for this one nikos

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 22:01h, 26 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this one Nikos! Certainly fills a gap in the collection.

  • Lord Blak
    Posted at 00:55h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Many Thanks Nikos…U da Man

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 04:45h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you

  • flageolette
    Posted at 05:45h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Great Drop,
    Thanks a lot!


  • Mejuto
    Posted at 10:09h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Sounds like brilliant piece of music. Thank you.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 13:40h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Great work, Nikos…now we’re only missing his “It’s Good To Be Alive” from 1976! :¬)


  • Gabriel
    Posted at 14:30h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Nikos. Sounds great.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:25h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    track 1 remind me sly stone….and bail out…what a beautiful song…. a pure classic … thanks ,nikos

  • jake
    Posted at 22:07h, 27 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for such a classic rarity!

  • eric
    Posted at 01:27h, 28 November 2008 Reply


  • sergio
    Posted at 02:38h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    another superb and top quality post!
    thank you

  • elgin
    Posted at 10:06h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the education man.

  • Dr.Lek
    Posted at 13:36h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    Another great one. Waiting for Mary McCreary. I think produced by Rogers.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 15:10h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    Great stuff…. thanks

  • yoman
    Posted at 19:28h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    …..please,please more funk!
    thanks nikos,great work 😉

  • zeroS
    Posted at 21:48h, 28 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks nikos as always. Can’t wait to give it a spin!

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 16:37h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Looking forward to this one.

    Many thanks.

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 18:44h, 29 November 2008 Reply

    Wonderful Album. One of DJ’s albums I did not have. Thank you for the share! Peace & Blessings

  • roger1
    Posted at 23:11h, 29 November 2008 Reply


  • Eva
    Posted at 07:58h, 01 December 2008 Reply

    Omigod! This is incredible! Wow! Thank you!

  • Chris
    Posted at 04:20h, 02 December 2008 Reply

    Nice work!!! Peace

  • Jan
    Posted at 13:20h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    One of my favourite posts of yours. Great 70’s soul.

  • analog6
    Posted at 09:29h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    I’ve only heard a tune or two by D.J. but I always liked his voice. Thanks.

  • soulable
    Posted at 18:54h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Amazing stuff, will get on the hunt for a copy of this! Many thanks for all the work you are putting behind this website and merry christmas!

  • liam
    Posted at 05:58h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    You’ve sould me again, thanks

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:02h, 02 February 2009 Reply

    “Funk My Soul” from D.J. Rogers is a masterpiece in funk history. This record is amazing, you really have an incredible piece of funk with this one. I really do’t understand how it can be such a rare record. I think it is even better than “On The Road Again”. If I had a reissue cie I would not hesitate a second to release that gem which can’t be find even on Discogs. Thanx again for this true discovery

  • Stuart
    Posted at 12:21h, 04 March 2009 Reply

    You strike gold again Nikos. I actually thought I knew something about 70’s soul until I found this blog. It’s such a shame that so many of these artists never got the credit they deserved. You are opening my eyes to so many “new” artists. Keep up the great work.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:18h, 25 April 2009 Reply

    where’s the download link?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 21:10h, 25 April 2009 Reply

    Click the blue letters “download link” at the end of the post. The link is working.

  • flageolette
    Posted at 20:34h, 02 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks Nikos!


  • Robert
    Posted at 15:03h, 03 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks Nikos,

    I’m just listening to Bail Out and it’s doope!!

    Can’t wait to listen to the whole album,again it’s really appreciated!!

  • Simon666
    Posted at 06:06h, 08 July 2009 Reply

    Hey nikos –
    Forgot to tell you, I sent people over here : )


  • jay
    Posted at 01:04h, 09 July 2009 Reply

    really good…thanks for the post. bail out is great.

  • Emile
    Posted at 21:52h, 09 July 2009 Reply

    Thank You for sharing such amazing music, Bail Out is amazing

  • Thomas
    Posted at 08:58h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks my friends

  • Mahis
    Posted at 22:57h, 03 August 2009 Reply

    Been looking for this for quite a while. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Eugene Malllery
    Posted at 05:55h, 29 September 2009 Reply

    As a fellow musician I have always admired D.J.Rogers and think someone some where is missing a chance of a life time by not puting this brother on a record deal.Would love to hear him and Joe McBride(composer of Sopranos Theme song) work together,WOW or maybe throw down with Michael McDonald

  • Eugene Malllery
    Posted at 06:29h, 29 September 2009 Reply

    Oh by the way where is D.J.Rogers living these day? I heard he may be in Texas somewhere which would be great since Joe McBride is in the Dallas area.I am in Houston lets make music.

  • rhys
    Posted at 00:18h, 02 November 2009 Reply

    genius, I’ve just ordered a triple cd of his that is out there, two of which aren’t on this site. Not sure what your policy is re non vinyl uploads but if you want them posted, delighted to do so

  • Marty
    Posted at 05:22h, 13 December 2010 Reply

    Unbelievable post!

  • GeeeFlat
    Posted at 14:00h, 20 January 2012 Reply

    Great Find, Nikos! Thanks for this.

  • Ru Guevara
    Posted at 08:53h, 24 September 2012 Reply

    I first heard his sound when Faith Evans sampled “Faithful To The End” from It’s Good To Be Alive 1976…

    Truly can’t understand how so much talent has gone unrecognized. His music stays in rotation with all my other soul legends.

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