Numero Group: By The Numbers


Numero follows proto-Satanist Medusa LP with three repentant gospel albums
February 11, 2013, 10:43 am
Filed under: Good God!, Numerophon

In May 2013, The Numero Group will add three unique titles to the gospel canon. The first is the third entry into the Good God! series, the second the fourth album in our Folkways-inspired Numerophon line, and the third a pixel for pixel replica of one of the most damaged, outsider gospel LPs ever recorded.

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Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD / 2LP

The third installment in Numero’s series of otherworldly gospel, robed funk, and spiritual soul, Apocryphal Hymns is a slim new gospel songbook, penned powerfully by the genre’s lesser-known disciples. Here, heavenly harmonies, psychedelic guitars, damaged sacred steel, a bleeding french horn, off-kilter choirs, and consumer-side electronic percussion decorate the Word, with performance modes that stray far from the flock, but hew always to the message. In homage to the the stock jacket record industry of the 1970s, select one of these four alternate covers: Woodland Twilight, Seashore Morning, Mountain Waterfall, and Sunbeam Canyon.

01. Robert Vanderbilt & the Foundation Of Souls – A Message Especially From God
02. Spiritual Harmonizers – God’s Love
03. Sensational Saints – That’s All I Need
04. Otis G. Johnson – Walk With Jesus
05. Shelton Kilby – Poor Wayfaring Stranger
06. Jonah Thompson – Get Involved
07. Dwain Vinyard – Searching For The Truth
08. Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
09. Religious Souls – Sinner Man
10. Gospel Clouds – Let Us Pray
11. Flying Eagles Gospel Singers – Can’t Run This Race Alone
12. Soul Superiors – Faith
13. God’s Band – Come Holy Spirit
14. Whole Truth – Can You Lose By Following God
15. Fantastic Goldenaires of Rocky Mount, NC – Thank You Lord
16. Wayne & Thelma and the McAllister Singers – Peace When He Comes
17. Francis Reneau & the Mission Singers – I Hear You Calling
18. Bernard Upshaw Singers – Have You Tried Jesus
19. Chester Lewis – Precious Lord
20. Kenneth Day – No Harm Done Calling On Jesus (LP only)

BOS-CoverKing Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label LP

On Cleveland’s late ’60s gospel scene, the BOS label was the refined, professional ying to Boddie’s lo-fi yang, galloping to the fore bearing a torch for Curtis Mayfield’s robe-wearing roots. Founded by gospel impresario James Bullard, BOS is the first chapter in story that includes stints producing major spiritual albums for the Birthright, Roadshow, and Word labels. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch’s Way Out concern, running the devotional wing of Cleveland’s largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out’s soulful flavor in the process. Compiled here are BOS’s less traditional moments—12 bridges between FM R&B and AM sermons from a time when those worlds were splitting apart.

Side A
Sensational Saints – The War Is Over
Trumplettes – My Life Will Be Sweeter
Mighty Imperials – Unity
Trumpelettes – I’ve Been To The Top Of The Mountain
Mighty Imperials – We Need Him Now
Sensational Saint – Walk Through The Valley

Side B
BOS Singers – Move Satan
Capitalaires – Glory, Glory
Southern Echoes – Why Am I Treated So Bad
Philip Brown The Friendly Seven – I Had A Talk
Trumpelettes – You Don’t Know My Trouble
Southern Echoes – Burden Down

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Otis G. Johnson Everything – God Is Love 78

For outsider gospel visionary and Detroit native Otis G. Johnson, the Holy Ghost was in the machine…in this case a rhythm-equipped Hammond organ. Everything – God Is Love 78, a singular 1978 mid-fi document, features android percussion against chords of Otis’s own invention, possessed by minor tonality and frequent bum notes. Lifting it further are extemporaneous vocal homilies to the rapture, love, and everything, plus occasional “other” voicings that scratch at the periphery of the mix. Homespun gospel rarely entered this dirge-like, intuitive space, nor did it commonly achieve such a spectral and captivating hymn to its darkest conventions.


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“When this all gets sorted out, I think you and me should get an apartment together.”

Comment by Marc Bonadies

yes on the otis. praise jesus’ drum machine.

Comment by Bern Gawd

jesus saves

Comment by clevelandsoul

[…] CD label, for example, is a flip on the old Century custom label logo and apparently, the album has different covers, all taken from stock images that you’ll see on dozens, if not hundreds, of gospel LPs from […]

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