Under conditions of national emergency, like now, there are only two kinds of people - those who work for freedom and those who do not... the good guys vs. the bad guys. -Mc D.
Like many other Americans of the era, something happened to Eugene McDaniels between 1965 and 1970 that transformed him from Gene McDaniels to “Eugene McDaniels the Left Rev. Mc D”. The former Mr. McDaniels was a clean-cut soul singer in the mold of Jackie Wilson that enjoyed minor commercial success in the early ‘60s with songs like “A Hundred Pounds of Clay” and “Tower of Strength”; the reinvented Reverend posited himself as a fervent voice of protest, recording a pair of now-classic records for Atlantic in 1970 and 1971. But where many other artists dabbled in the counterculture to explore different ways of presenting their image or to take advantage of looser codes of moral conduct, McDaniels fully embraced the movement’s radical politics.
On Outlaw McDaniels recorded with a rock- (and jazz-) solid band that featured legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter and ubiquitous ‘70s session guitarist Hugh McCracken—a group that fleshed out the Rev’s hippie-folk-funky dreams with undaunted restraint.