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Ronnie Mac & Company

by Ronnie McNeir

Soulful smooth grooves, of life, love, pain, happiness, regret and sorrow; is this not what soul music should be about? It's also about hope and having a damn good time.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Goes Around Comes Back Around
4:24 $0.99
2. Look At All The People
4:32 $0.99
3. I Love You
4:15 $0.99
4. I'm In The Mood
5:05 $0.99
5. Summertime Medley II
4:14 $0.99
6. Ain't It Good To Know You've Got A Friend
5:20 $0.99
7. Song For My Brothers
4:36 $0.99
8. Don't Need Nobody
4:45 $0.99
9. I Need You Around
4:36 $0.99
10. Funkin' In Las Vegas
4:24 $0.99
11. I Really Need Your Help Father(My Personal Testimony)
5:29 $0.99
12. Down In The Neighborhood
4:17 $0.99
13. Tell It Like It Is
3:34 $0.99
14. Don't Feel That Way Today
4:40 $0.99
15. Traitors
4:25 $0.99
16. A Shame People Have To Live This Way
4:06 $0.99
17. Angel In My Life - Spoken Word Tribute To Renaldo Obie Benson
6:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Smooth Jazz," "Smooth Soul," and the "Funky Grooves" of a man in all his human complexity. Ronald McNeir, sweet soulful tenor of the Motown, legendary group the Four Tops, delivers life, love, pain and joy in his New Solo CD.


Soul veteran and current Four Tops member Ronnie McNeir returns with what many are calling his tour de force. His latest release, Ronnie Mac & Company is a smooth mix of sensuality, romance, spirituality and social consciousness. From the stepper’s groove of “Summertime Medley II” to the redemptive “(Personal Testimony) I Really Need Your Help Father,” McNeir covers all bases with the help of talented friends like Kirk Whalum, Theo Peoples, The Ridgeway Sisters, and Las Vegas chanteuse Kathy Lamar. He uses his musical skills as a buttery smooth tenor, songwriter, composer, musician and producer to create a heartfelt and defining moment in smooth soul.

Ronnie is held in high esteem on the international soul scene in countries like the UK, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden and beyond. During his stint with Motown Records, he was a pioneer in synth instrumentation. He has worked with Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Bobby Womack, Rene and Angela, Billy Griffin and many more throughout the years, earning accolades from some of the most acclaimed names in the business. He was hand-selected by his best friend, original Four Top Renaldo “Obie” Benson, to become a member of the legendary group.

As a member of the Four Tops for the past seven years and a veteran of Las Vegas’ renowned lounge scene, Ronnie is a consummate performer who can entrance any audience with his soulful and jazzy hybrid vocals.
Many of the greatest names in soul music know Ronnie McNeir… so should you.



To look at the resume of artists with whom Ronnie McNeir has worked is like reading a who's who in soul music: from Bobby Womack and Smokey Robinson to the Whispers and Angela Winbush. Best known for his duet with Teena Marie on the 1984 classic "We've Got to Stop Meeting Like This," Ronnie has, for the last decade, been pleasing audiences across the globe as a member of the legendary Four Tops.

With the release of his tenth solo project, Ronnie Mac & Company, McNeir delivers 17 splendid tracks of straight-up grown folk's music. A spoken intro about an unfaithful companion sets the tone for the first track, "What Goes Around Comes Back Around." Kirk Whalum drops in to bless "I'm In the Mood" with his tenor saxophone as Ronnie tickles the ivories in true soul man fashion. Other highlights include "Funkin' In Las Vegas," "I Really Need Your Help Father (My Personal Testimony)," and "Down in the Neighborhood."

Ronnie Mac & Company is from the heart of a man who is all about making good soul music. His tenor voice resonates throughout the disc and his smooth voice is the epitome of cool. Recommended.

Christopher Whaley

Soul Express

This is, for this scribe at any rate, the best and most consistent album Ronnie McNeir has ever produced. It has been 10 years since "Down In The Neighborhood," so it is with immense pleasure that I have soaked up this album over the past few weeks. Ronnie is one of the greatest unrecognized talents of our time. This album lays any reservations to bed on that score. Joining Ronnie on this set are Kirk Whalum and the Ridgeway Sisters amongst others, adding extra spice. I would rather have seen this album titled "The Many Facets of Ronnie McNeir" as the master weaves a colorful blanket of sounds from jazz, quiet storm soul, funk to urban contemporary. Ronnie covers all aspects of life and love here, and shows that he is more than socially conscious – he is completely and utterly socially awake.

The proficiency of his observations set to music is a damning indictment of the way many live today. From this I see that Ronnie not only has a big heart, he cares enough to try and do something about it. It's also an unashamedly personal album about himself, warts and all. Ronnie tackles how he feels about losing his father, eldest child and his "big brother," Four Top Renaldo "Obie" Benson, whom he co-wrote songs with for years. If anyone pays a tribute to me one tenth of what Ronnie does to Renaldo here, then my life would not have been in vain.

So is this not what soul music should be about? Life, love, pain, happiness, regret and sorrow. It is also about hope and having a damn good time. Ronnie apportions all of life's textures within this soulful blanket and does naught but receive total commendation and praise from me. This is an album that I can put on and leave on and, on more than one instance, hit the repeat button.

"What Goes Around" is the first song to greet you and if you are not won over instantly then there is definitely something wrong with your soul! Ronnie is right in the 2007 quality groove from the first instant; he hits the ground running and simply does not stop. From this excellent track we find ourselves in pure jazzy and slinky territory with "Look at All the People". This is a tune that you would expect Al Jarreau to excel at. In fact, one could possibly see where Mr. Jarreau got some of his influence. "I Love You" is a warm, bassy number that sashays along to some tinkling piano and finger clicks. This song is simply excellent.

"I'm in the Mood" sounds a little older – perhaps one of the earliest recordings on this set – and is a funky, brassy effort that, again, Al Jarreau would do well to perform. Updated for 2007 is "Summer Medley." I loved the introduction on the original version BUT after that I fear I lost the song completely, but this version is a real cracker. All that's missing is the summertime. Honestly, it's the end of June here and we have our heating on at night. Can you believe that? Anyway, "Ain't It Good To Know You've Got a Friend" should warm the cockles. Musically it reminds me of a cross between Betty Wright's 90s material and Michael Sutton's "Hopeless Romantic." Vocalist Kathy Lamar also appears alongside Ronnie on this tune.

Ronnie hits a sultry Afro-Cuban note with the semi-instrumental effort "Song For My Brothers". This is a cheeky little number with a definite tongue-in-cheek approach. "I Need You Around" finds Ronnie in the romantic groove again, his voice smoother than a bar of galaxy on a silk sheet, but is completely juxtaposed by the chunky, funky and self-indulgent "Funkin' In Las Vegas." This sassy number does nothing but add more texture to the album. Fans of ex-Temptation Theo Peoples will be happy to know that he has a new album on the way, and a taster for this is this toothsome delight as he supplies his raw, powerful and gritty vocals as emphasis to the SUPERB personal reflection of "I Really Need Your Help Father (My Personal Testimony". This is such a strong track anyway, but Theo's gutsy, ripping performance takes an already excellent track to a higher level.

Ronnie co-wrote "Down In The Neighborhood" along with Renaldo Benson over 10 years ago, and this song is revisited here. The song is bleak about what is happening in the communities out there. Ronnie McNeir is literally telling it like it is. There is no bravado, no reveling in the fact that guns are commonplace; that children die for no good reason that because they wear the wrong color in the wrong street. "Don't Feel That Way" and "Such A Shame People Have To Live This Way" are also poignant tracks that amount to a lot more than navel gazing. The man has been pointing out for years about what is wrong in society – the world - for years. Is anybody listening? Obviously not anyone who like to think they are in power.

Whatever you do, do not overlook this album.

_Barry Towler

Solar Radio

I always come back to the fact that soul music is all about credibility. If I believe in you when you are telling me a story, I consider it soul; a message coming from within. Ray Charles once explained soul music to be something that can lighten up a room.

I consider Ronnie McNeir to be one of our most underrated artists. He has more to his credit than most have within the life of an entire career. Hailing from Camden, Alabama, he moved to Detroit at an early age. In 1972 he went to Los Angeles where playing in the local churches, he met Motown legends Kim Weston and Mickey Stevenson. Kim had her own recording studio where Ronnie recorded his first self titled album for RCA. The rest is more or less a piece of classic music history. Just ask Teena Marie, Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, Rene & Angela…..

We haven't heard anything from Ronnie on his own since the Expansion release, "Down In The Neighborhood" from 1997 (an updated title track is included on this album). The many true fans of McNeir have been waiting patiently for a follow up album for ten years and finally the wait is over. When you listen to "Ronnie Mac & Company" his tenth album, you very soon realize that it was all worth waiting for. I prefer quality before quantity.

Having a smooth and very sensitive tenor voice, he is also a keyboardist, producer and songwriter. When combining all of these skills we receive a genuine Ronnie McNeir "product", even if "The Company" stands for the musicians and singers helping him out on this album. Ronnie has been involved in the arranging, composing and song writing on all of the songs.

I consider this to be a pure soul music album, even though there are jazz elements on Look At The People, the bossa/jazzy Song For My Brother and even some funky beats on Funkin In Las Vegas; a better title on that one would actually be "Funkin In Ohio". This song is unfortunately, superfluous for me.

I have promised myself not to compromise with the music I am playing on my radio shows. My soul is "not for sale". But I would without doubt add the majority of the songs from Ronnie Mac & Company to my play list. On top I would put, I Love You, What Goes Around Comes Around, Tell It Like It Is or why not Down In The Neighborhood . These are songs reaching its final destination, the human soul. Remember, soul music is all about credibility.

Ronnie McNeir has lightened up my room….

_DJ Soulswede

Blues and Soul



To say Ronnie McNeir’s a soul veteran is like saying the Pope’s a Catholic! Ron’s sweet and distinctive style’s been wooing audiences for over thirty years, yet he still has fond memories of how he was first bitten by the music bug, “Yes, it was way back”, remembered Ron. “Dad bought mum a piano and it came with free lessons! Mum got the piano and I got the lessons … and then dad kind of took me under his wing and started putting me into talent shows – in between singing in Church, of course.”

Those talent shows led to a first single on the Deto label – ‘Sitting In My Class’ (still a Northern favourite), then, after relocating from Pontiac, Michigan to Los Angles, a young Ronnie became involved with a local church choir and through that he got to know Motown songstress Kim Weston. Kim helped Ronnie get a deal with RCA but the eponymous album didn’t mean much, though on re-issue in the UK in 1978 it did sell well. After RCA, ambitious Ronnie soon set up his own label, Setting Sun. But money was a problem. Ronnie:- “I had this fine silver ring that I was about to pawn for $150 to buy some studio time, but my friend , Lloyd Tyson stepped in and made me a loan”. With the cash Ron cut the oh-so-catchy ‘Wendy Is Gone’. Its instant, finger-click appeal attracted the attention of ex Motown exec Barney Ales who bought the song and subsequent album for his Prodigal Records. Then things got complicated, as Ronnie explains. “Unbeknown to me, Barney went back to Motown and gave them my record – which I wasn’t happy with’ cos I’ heard how easy it was for artists to get lost at Motown. But I was contracted to them and cut another LP, ‘Love’s Comin’ Down’, but after that Berry Gordy agreed to let me go. People say a lot of things about Berry Gordy but I really respect him for that. We both knew it wasn’t going to happen for me at Motown”.

After that Ronnie admits that he just floated around the edge of the music biz. He worked with people like Don Davis and Bunky Sheppard and his sporadic recordings included a fine duet with Rena Scott (‘A Different Kind Of Love’), a four track EP called ‘The Ronnie McNeir Experience’ and producing David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick’s’ I Couldn’t Believe It’. Ronnie also worked with Little Milton, Rance Allen, Carrie Lucas and Bobby Womack – working on ‘Caught Up In The Middle’ with him. However by the 1990s McNeir’s main living was playing the lounges of Las Vegas. Some of those earlier sporadic recordings, however, eventually turned up on British soul labels and their classy, sweet, sweet sound sealed Ron’s reputation as a bona-fide cult soul man. Sadly though it was a tough time for McNeir and he saw very little for his efforts – “with those records and all those deals, financially it just didn’t happen. I was surprised ‘cos I knew I was selling…. And maybe one day…one day, I’ll get what’s owed to me.”

Thankfully, however, things started to turn around. Ronnie recalls, “It was like a Cinderella story. It was in 2000 and I wasn’t working, when I got a call from the 4 Tops to stand in for their musical director who was ill. When he got better the Tops asked me to stay as a kind of safety valve ‘case the man got sick again. Then one night just as they were going on stage Levi Stubbs was sick and they asked if I would step in for the night Wow! You know, I ditched the MD's tuxedo and Levi’s stage suit fitted just perfect… and, you know, I’m still there now! “

Ronnie’s association with the 4 Tops, of course, goes back long, long before 2000. Founding member of the Tops, Obie Benson had a hand in Ron’s two ground-breaking Motown albums and the pair soon became firm friends. Since meeting him, Ron always saw Obie as a second father – a trusted mentor.

Ronnie now tours constantly with the Tops and is working with them on a new album -watch for the first single ‘East Coast, West Coast’ in July’ - but though very busy, Ron has still found time to record a brand new album on his own Jupiter-Island label. “I’d had enough bad deals from other labels so I went back to having my own. I ain’t gonna rip myself off.” The album’s called ‘Ronnie Mac and Company’ – Why? “Well we’re like a real ensemble – a company if you like . On the album there’s Kirk Whalum, Kathy Lamar, the Ridgeway Sisters Miki Brown and my colleague in the Tops Theo Peoples”. But Ronnie’ vocals and his cool piano playing lead the way. There’s a real soul jazz feel to the music harking back to the style of one of our man's big musical influences Les McCann. “Yes, says Ronnie, “ there’s a big company on the album but I lead on the piano” and though its over thirty years since Wendy Is Gone’ you can still hear those distinctive multi-note piano chords. All the songs on the album are written by Ronnie, and its clear that the album’s most poignant track is a spoken eulogy to Obie Benson. Ronnie describes Obie as “a dynamite person … who kinda adopted me and showed me around the music biz. He also showed me not to worry or fret about anything.”

Ronnie’s in the UK in the Autumn with the 4 Tops and he’s hoping to find time to promote the album too. But in the meantime he has a message for his UK supporters, “I’d like to thank all my friends and fans in the UK for sticking with me – you’re my consolation. No matter how many people bootleg me and rip me off, I know the fans still respect and love my music.”



Thank you for stopping by CD Baby and supporting my music. It is very much appreciated. Enjoy!

Ronnie Mac




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Tanisha J.

A Modern Day Soul Opus
Classic soul aficionados tend to be a tough crowd – I know because I’m part of that legion. I also know that when one of our classic soul artists releases something new, we meet it with a certain level of cool indifference. Perhaps we’re even a little skeptical, wondering if the new stuff will measure up to the lofty standards our artists helped create many years ago.

When I discovered Ronnie McNeir was releasing new music, I cast a certain level of skepticism on the prospect. So I was blown away when McNeir decided to make Ronnie Mac & Company his OPUS.
One of my criteria for an outstanding album is this simple question: what have you taught me about your artistry that I don’t already know.

In Ronnie Mac’s case, I’ve always been impressed by his production skills, which are definitely present and accounted for on this CD. But I did learn something else… as a lyricist, Ronnie McNeir is truly in the upper echelon. Every time I listen to the smooth first track, “What Goes Around Comes Back Around,” should be a textbook example of how to tell a musical story in four minutes.

The other standouts for me include “Look At All The People,” which explores the multiple personalities that inhabit all of us. Not only is it yet another example of how excellent a songwriter Ronnie is, but it demonstrates his excellent sense of swing in his phrasing.

“I Really Need Your Help (Personal Testimony)” showcases yet another skill Ronnie has: the ability to express struggles that everyone can relate to. Theo Peoples delivers a fine vocal performance that perfectly conveys the intensity of the lyrics.

I could discuss at length every song on the album, but I’ll close with “I Love You,” which me in such a mellow place. It’s a warm, soulful track that just makes you want to bob your head!

Overall, this is just a wonderful, fully-conceived album. Ronnie does a wonderful job of bringing in a lot of musical influences, and interpreting them in his own style. Artists don’t work in musical categories, and this CD proves that. I will play it quite frequently for a looong time.

Tim Sullivan

Soul legend makes legendary album
There's a lot of good new music out there today. But at least when it comes to soul and R & B, I've always felt that the top rung of the ladder is the new music being put out by classic soul artists. Example: Last year I bought The Whispers new CD off CDBaby, and it truly was a winner. The Whispers have been in the biz a long time and know how to make music.

The same goes here. Ronnie McNeir -- more of a legend in England than the states -- has worked, written, and sung with many a great soul artist throughout the years. Heck, he's a full-fledged member of The Four Tops right now!

So it was no shocker that he would produce such a great new album, but I must admit, I am wowed by just how good this work is. McNeir has a smooth voice, great range, and his songwriting is just tremendous.

This isn't an album just about breakups and make-ups -- though there's some of that, too. Ronnie addresses love, life, friendship, death, problems in our cities, and he has some good ol' party tunes. It's quite a diverse album and very nicely done.

Very few people address the importance of friendship in a song, and Ronnie does this twice, with a beautiful tribute to the late, great Four Tops member Obie Benson. I'm usually not one for spoken word on albums, but this really touched me, especially since I'm a big Obie Benson fan.

Every album needs a hit, this has a couple, but in my opinion "Summertime Medley II" really, really stands out. It is a smooth groove, the perfect summer song and listen carefully to the samples as he closes out the song with some parts of songs from The Temptations, War, Dramatics, and of course The Four Tops. The tune really should be released next summer as a hit.

So many good songs on this CD, I won't review them all, instead just purchase it for yourself. It's quite a deal: 17 songs at a great price. Make that 17 GREAT songs at a great price.

Don't pass this one up!


One of the Best
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sharon allen
I really love the sound of this cd it puts me in the mind of a jazzy sound with a hint f r&b. i'm loving it.....


Great Album
I just can join the comments from the other authors. Great Album.


Great Album
Well done Ronnie!!


ronnie mac and companie
outstanding cd!! his voice touch my heart.i am anxious for the next cd.

Barbara Arnold

Loved This Album
This is a great album. I listen to it over and over again. Some great music for dancing, driving and setting the mood. Loved it.

Dave w - Starpoint Radio

Highly Recommended
For any soul music lover Ronnie Macneir's name will make jump for joy when you come accross one of his rare records at a record fair .. DONT be the one that jumps for joy in years to come because you've missed out on the RONNIE MAC & CO cd first time around .. Dave w Starpoint Radio


Ronnie Mac's Back
What can you say about an artist who never really left us ? Its true that through time and circumstance he's been here all the time ! Ronnie has been spending much of his time fronting with the Four Tops and traveling all over the United States. I am so glad he took some time out to demonstrate his special vocal and production skills with this new CD.

This cd contains something for everyone, its smooth but not quite jazz, funky but not Funkadelic, Marvin-ese but not Gaye. This album is the perfect remedy after a hards days work and the boss has you ticked off. It can also serve as the ultimate companion to candlelight, wine and the rapture of your significant other.

This is the type of music that we dont hear much of anymore and for that I am grateful that Ronnie McNeir has hit a home run with this soulful and mellow offering to all of us folks who used to love FM radio.

One of my favorite Ronnie McNeir tracks was a song he released over ten years ago called "Baby Your Wrong", in this song he was admonishing his lady about staying out all night and doing things she shouldn't be doing ! Well its obvious Ronnie got fed up, packed his stuff, moved on and has created an album of stellar songs for this generation.

Welcome Back Ronnie, where you been ? :-)


(Karl Williams)
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