Last year, a tease for work we were doing in San Antonio, Texas, appeared in our brief obit for Alamo City real estate mogul and recording maven Abe Epstein. After beating a path down to South By South West, our own Zach Myers and Rob Sevier lay waste to the town, returning with no less than three projects in tow. With the first two well into production, we’re finally ready to unleash their full details.
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD/2LP – Available March 19th 2013
Born out of the largesse created from Rene & Rene’s Hot 100 Tejano tornado “Angelito,” Dynamic Records was but one of half a dozen labels run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein. His flag ship group, The Commands, took their AFB circuit-honed chops up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with “No Time For You,” paving the way for 20 other soulful singles over Dynamic’s impressive two and a half year run. Epstein’s open door policy led to a diverse cross section of the population converging inside his studio on General McMullan Drive, as whites, blacks, and Latinos were swapped in and out of groups as needed. That melting pot mentality is well represented by The Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops, Don & the Doves, Willie Cooper & the Webs, Bobby Blackmon & his Soul Express, and Doc & Sal.
CD track list:
01. Commands – Hey Its Love
02. Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops – Give Your Love To Me
03. Tonettes – I Gotta Know
04. Doc & Sal – Can’t Get You Offa My Mind
05. Commands – I’ve Got Love For My Baby
06. Willie Cooper & The Webs – You Don’t Love Nobody
07. Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops – Ain’t No Big Thing
08. Commands – No Time For You
09. Webs – Little Girl Blue
10. Tonettes – My Heart Can Feel The Pain
11. Doc & Sal – Cry & Wonder Why
12. Commands – Don’t Be Afraid To Love Me
13. Willie Cooper & The Webs – I Can’t Take No More
14. Don & The Doves – Together
15. Webs – Don’t Ever Hurt Me
16. Commands – Must Be Alright
17. Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express – She’s Gotta Have Soul
18. Doc & Sal – Laughing to Keep From Crying
19. Webs – Try Loving Me
20. Commands – Too Late To Cry
21. Doc & Sal – My Dream
2LP track list:
A01. Commands – Hey Its Love
A02. Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops – Give Your Love To Me
A03. Tonettes – I Gotta Know
A04. Doc & Sal – Can’t Get You Offa My Mind
A05. Commands – I’ve Got Love For My Baby
A06. Willie Cooper & The Webs – You Don’t Love Nobody
A07. Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops – Ain’t No Big Thing
B01. Commands – No Time For You
B02. Webs – Little Girl Blue
B03. Tonettes – My Heart Can Feel The Pain
B04. Doc & Sal – Cry & Wonder Why
B05. Commands – Don’t Be Afraid To Love Me
B06. Willie Cooper & The Webs – I Can’t Take No More
B07. Don & The Doves – Together
C01. Webs – Don’t Ever Hurt Me
C02. Commands – Must Be Alright
C03. Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express – She’s Gotta Have Soul
C04. Doc & Sal – Laughing to Keep From Crying
C05. Webs – Try Loving Me
C06. Commands – Too Late To Cry
C07. Doc & Sal – My Dream
D01. Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops – If You Don’t Love Me
D02. Webs – Can’t Let You Go
D03. Commands – A Way To Love Me
D04. Little Jr. Jesse & The Tear Drops – It Keeps Rainin’
D05. Don & The Doves – I Need You
D06. Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express – You’ll Find Another
D07. Commands – Around The Go-Go
CT-102 Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & the Soul Generation 3LP – Available May 2nd 2013
Erupting at the same time, but at a different studio, was the mixed instrumental combo Mickey & the Soul Generation. Best known for their 1969 paper hit “Iron Leg,” the group came to semi-national attention following Nipsey Russell’s performance of the Iron Leg dance on Johnny Carson. Though they shared a label with Ben E. King, they lacked access to the same promotion and marketing resources. A tour with Sam & Dave and opening slots for James Brown, Kool & the Gang, and The Supremes found them performing for thousands nightly, but still sleeping on floors. By the mid-’70s the group had fractured, with members joining the army, bottling Coke, and starting families. Their run would end in 1977 with two members turning in a passing Average White Band impression called “Southern Fired Funk” before their handful of 45s fell completely out of vogue and made their journey to thrift shops and cut-out distributors.
At the dawn of the century, Josh Davis (AKA DJ Shadow) tracked Mickey and his Soul Generation down for the purpose of reissuing their recordings on his upstart Cali-Tex label. “Mickey and the Soul Generation are my favorite funk band,” Davis wrote in 2002. “They were strong contenders for the title from my very first listen back in ’92. ‘Iron Leg’ being the standout track on an otherwise flaccid jazz-funk compilation of the day. Already a favorite rare-groove selection in the ever-accepting UK club scene, I too found myself buoying my bedroom DJ sets with snatches of the irresistible Soul Generation Sound. It became an instant priority of mine to locate an original.” That 2003 reissue was met with critical praise, and ultimately turned a new generation of music lovers onto rare funk and soul. Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads, helping Davis expand on his original work, with updated liner notes, tons of newly discovered photos, and a previously unreleased track.
3LP track list:
A01. Iron Leg
A03. Up The Stairs And Around The Bend
A04. Give Everybody Some
A05. Joint Session
B01. The Whatzit
B02. Get Down Brother
B03. Mystery Girl
B04. Message From A Black Man
C01. How Good Is Good
C02. We Got To Make A Change
C03. Soulful Sickness
C05. Hey, Brother Man Carter
D01. Southern Fried Funk (1st Movement)
D02. Southern Fried Funk (2nd Movement)
D03. Hey, Brother Man (Pams Demo)
D04. U.F.O (Pams Demo)
D05. Listen (To The Cry Of The People)
E01. The Get Down (Live)
E02. Working On Your Love (Live)
E03. Help (I Need Your Love (Live)
E04. Why You Wanna Leave Me (Live)
F01. Life’s A Mystery (Live)
F02. Hey, Brother Man (Live)
These two albums represent Numero’s first forays into a seemingly bottomless well of San Antonio soul, R&B, funk, Latin, and garage. This scorched earth campaign will continue into 2014 with our Epstein Recording Company 3CD/5LP.
Following in the snow tracks of When I See The Sun, our massive, near-complete Codeine overview, comes What About The Lonely, an eight song LP recorded at the group’s live zenith. Captured direct from the mixing board at a stop on Codeine’s November 1993 swing through the Midwest opening for Mazzy Star, the album finds the trio of Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Doug Scharin running through their hits at Chicago’s notorious Lounge Ax for a crowd of chatty 120 Minutes fans. Gastr Del Sol’s David Grubbs joins for two songs on guitar, slinking on and off the two foot stage with little fanfare, but leaving an indelible mark on the performance.
Constructed for Record Store Day 2013, What About The Lonely will be issued as a one-time pressing of 2000 150 gram LPs.
Filed under: Dynamic, Eccentric Soul 45s, Medusa, Newsworthy, Numero Vinyl, Subscription
(Seasons) Greetings Numerophiles!
Another year in the books and we are no wiser, wealthier, or healthier. Such is the life of running “the world’s greatest reissue label” (Spin Magazine said it, but who can disagree?)—a title we aim to hold onto in 2013 by upping the ante from custom 45 boxes and gold embossed velvet to four alternate LP covers and a playable board game. 2013 marks our tenth year in business, a headboard notch we’ll scratch in elaborate fashion over the coming year. We hope you can join us on this journey.
We’re very aware that the last two titles of 2012 Vinyl Subscriptions have yet to ship. If we had it our way, both Medusa: First Step Beyond LP and Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP would be in our warehouse and awaiting placement in a custom mailer. But alas, delays at the manufacturer have made these impossible to ship before the 10th of January. Oddly enough, however, the first three subscription items for 2013 are already in house and will be on your doorstep before the menorah is stowed for 2014. Part One is a mixed bag of soul, garage, hard rock, funk, and gospel, split across ten LPs and six 45s. As always we’ll be offering a bonus 45 and a 15% discount on our entire catalog. On deck:
NUM701 Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3 2×7″
Recorded in an actual cave in western Missouri, the quartet formerly known as the Fabulous Four emerged from the depths in 1969 with an album’s worth of wasted psychedelia. Helmed by the Electric Prunes’ Michael Quint, the session produced one promo-only 45, bearing the truly un-pretty Squeakie label—a madman’s face in red-on-white, howling out of the spindle hole. The songs blend backwards guitar lines, Flamenco runs, triple tracked vocals, heavy distortion, handclaps, key vamps, a Stones rip, and extremely absurd lyrical content. “Mustache In Your Face” and its flip have been paired with two other magical numbers, their five business card story, and stuffed into a cherry gatefold sleeve.
NUM702 Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed+3 2×7″
No, not the first incarnation of Kiss, just three wasted kids from Cleveland, Ohio, infatuated with the new wave of british heavy metal. Kick-started in Cleveland in 1979, girls, drugs, sports, and jock rivalry fueled Wicked Lester’s aggressive “fuck the draft” sound. Minted at Boddie in 1981, Wicked Lester’s lone single paired “Here Comes My Girlfriend” with the lovesick, late-Pink Floyd moves of “Say Your Prayers,” recorded on the same ominous day that John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan. We’ve added two unreleased tracks, thrown all four sides into a beautiful gatefold 7” sleeve, and added a couple thousand words about their near-meaningless existence.
NUM703 Cave Dwellers: Run Around+3 2×7″
Recorded in 1967 at Chicago’s Universal Studios and laboriously laden with Buckinghams-style horns and strings, the Cave Dwellers thought they’d locked their first hit down. Given just a few minutes to produce a b-side, the quintet unleashed their primitive and theretofore-unheard power. “Run Around” ended up a punk precursor that took contemporary rock to its tough, angry, and logical conclusions, scorching past anything the radio ran in its day. Intending only to tear off something fast and easy, the Dwellers had achieved one of Chicago garage rock’s most ferocious moments. That original Jim-Ko single has been reproduced alongside two previously unissued rockers and housed in a glorious gatefold sleeve with copious notes and quotes from a confused newsman about the “longhair” invasion.
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label 2LP
Born out of the largesse created from Rene & Rene’s Hot 100 Tejano tornado “Angelito,” Dynamic Records was but one of half a dozen labels run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein. His flag ship group, the Commands, took their AFB circuit-honed chops up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with “No Time For You,” paving the way for 20 other soulful singles over Dynamic’s impressive two and a half year run. Epstein’s open door policy led to a diverse cross section of the population converging inside his studio on General McMullan Drive, as whites, blacks, and Latinos were swapped in and out of groups as needed. That melting pot mentality is well represented by the Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops, Don & the Doves, Willie Cooper & the Webs, Bobby Blackmon & his Soul Express, and Doc & Sal. Compiled here are 28 of Dynamic’s most intriguing sides, representing the first layer of a treasure trove of San Antonio soul we’ll be unleashing over the coming year.<p>
CT-102 Mickey & the Soul Generation: Complete Recordings 3LP
For the tenth anniversary of DJ Shadow’s Cali-Tex records’ reissue of Mickey & the Soul Generation’s complete works, Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads. Expanded liner notes, a previously unissued ballad, and the first ever vinyl issue of the second CD’s contents are included here, alongside half a dozen previously unpublished photographs of this multi-ethnic funk combo from San Antonio, Texas.
NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns 2LP
The third entry into our Good God! series abandons funk altogether, instead focusing on the esoteric moments found buried deep on private-issue LPs from the the Me Decade. Featuring four unique album covers pulled straight from the pages of the Century stock jacket catalog, Apocryphal Hymns examines a world buried deep on side 2, those lost moments of experimental praise and devotion recorded as an after thought for a listener who needed no turntable.
N44004 King Bullard Version LP
The fourth release in our trad LP-only Numerophon line gathers highlights from James Bullard’s BOS label. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch’s Way Out concern, running the gospel wing of Cleveland’s largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out’s soulful flavor in the process. This single LP features 14 songs, with liner notes by noted gospel historian John Glassburner.
NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label 2LP
A king’s ransom of soul and funk from the City of Fountains (Kansas City for the uninformed), all produced under the watchful eye of TV producer Ellis Taylor. Though the label’s star was James Brown Revue castaway Marva Whitney, Taylor’s 15-year yield included singles by the likes of the Fantastiks, Gene Williams, Lee Harris, the Rayons, the Four Darlings, Everyday People, Sharon Revoal, Louis Chachere, Tony Ashley, the Fabulous Rhythm Makers, and Marva’s brother James Whitney.
The compact disc edition of our 2013 subscription surfs the above edges, but is a bit… well… more compact, and cheaper. Our plan is to issue only six titles in our main line next year, though to be fair, one of them is an elaborate double disc. We’re not quite sure what the final disc of 2013 is going to be, but it will be either an entry into our Buttons or Local Customs series. Of course all six will meet or exceed our standard for packaging, notes, research, and over all quality, plus you get the 15% discount and the bonus 45.
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD
NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD
NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label CD
NUM048 Title TBA CD
Hair, Hobbits, and Hard Rock. Let these 15 hard rock blasterpieces from the private ’70s soundtrack to your next D&D or Magic the Gathering night. Dungeon map and 20 sided die included.<p>
NUM050 Title TBA 2CD+Book
In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound was bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Not known for its abundance of soul nor a sizable African American population, Minneapolis still harbored a tight-knit community of musicians who, between 1976 and 1984, manipulated the dance music of their coastal contemporaries into a brightly lit, multicolored, energetic fusion, taking R&B’s innate danceability and giving it a glam-rock sheen. The most shakeable moments have been compiled onto two discs, with a hardback book packed with photos and stories from this vibrant scene. Lesser royalty? Perhaps. But the blood here runs purple.
Finally, we’re officially launching our 45 subscription. The Eccentric Soul 45 subscription guarantees two 45s every other month, delivered directly to your door. Content will be a mix of previously unissued material and straight-up rare-as-all-get-out 45s from the soul diaspora. All singles are housed in a glorious duotone sleeve and slide perfectly into the Numero 45 box for easy storage. We’re even tossing in the subscriber-only bonus 45 from the CD and LP subscriptions. The first three singles are as follows:
ES-030 Signs Of The Time “Hurts So Bad” b/w “I Think Of You”
ES-031 Notations “That Girl” b/w “I’m For Real”
ES-032 James Dockery “My Faith In You Is All Gone” b/w “Giving You The Love You Need”
International subscriptions will ship in blocks of two to keep prices low.
Your patronage, as always, is appreciated. We couldn’t do this without you.
If anyone has visited our website, it’s a drag. The site is functional yet frustrating, sure to send any rabid fan into a manic panic during pre-order when their account cannot be accessed, discounts don’t get applied, or confirmation emails fall through the cracks. Buggy and boxey in character, it served us well when we where a small, eager and naïve re-issue label ready to take over the world only to leave shitty low-rider bootleg comps in our wake. Fast forward 10 years and well, the times have changed. Both our catalog and customer base has surged in the last few years. This has both strained our website’s internal structures all the while making our catalog increasingly complex to navigate.
It’s time to move forward and we are currently looking for a proficient web developer to work with us in-house to completely re-design and restructure our website’s front and back end. We are looking for applicants that live near our offices in Chicago so they can work with us hand and hand as early as December 1st.
Applications and inquires can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include work examples and a resume. Experience is key.
The jackets are in. Inserts too. Iron on for Black Vinyl Shoes? Go buy a white shirt. And while you’ve got that credit card out, go ahead and pre-order these:
Shoes: One In Versailles
Shoes: Black Vinyl Shoes
Shoes: Pre-Tense Demos 1978-1979
All LPs are $15 each, which is a goddamn steal in this day and age. Shipping begins 11/1/12. They’ll be in stores a few weeks later if you’d rather wait.
After 45 days of revealing 45s, today we unleashed our last single. For months people have been begging for a complete track list in one convenient place. Your wish is our (delayed) command.
NUM045 Eccentric Soul: Omnibus
13th Amendment “Hard To Be In Love” b/w “The Stretch”
Aggregation “A Child Is Born” b/w “Can You Feel It”
Black Fur “When We Get Together Soon” b/w “Feel The Shock”
Black Soul Express “Party Time” b/w “When I Left You”
Crystal’s Image “A Friend” b/w “Crystal’s Image (Cold Crush Theme)”
Darker Shades LTD “Trackin’ Down Jody” b/w “Part 2″
Deep Heat “Do It Again” b/w “She’s A Junkie (Who’s The Blame)”
Directory “Feel It In Your Bones” b/w “World And Creation”
Duracha “Jody Is Gone” b/w “Ghet-To Funk”
Elements of Peace “Together” b/w “Part II”
Energettics “You Make Me Nothing” b/w “Rainy Days And Monday”
Everyday People “(Loose Booty) Is A Real Thing” b/w “Get Next To You”
Family Connection “This Time” b/w “Lost Her Love”
Flack & Company “Disco-TNT” b/w “Been Loving You So Long (Don’t Want To Stop)”
Free Mind “Just Jammin’” b/w “After We’re Gone (The World Keeps On Turnin’)”
Hifadelics “Hifidelics Groove” b/w “Quiptown”
Hot Snow “Four Times The Love” b/w “Me & You”
Inbassador “Everyday” b/w “Everybody’s Doing It”
Intentions “Dig It (Shovel)” b/w “Blowing With The Wind”
Curtis Indications Liggins “Funky Monkey Right On” b/w “What It Is?”
Majestees “Take Back All Those Things” b/w “Let Her Go”
Mixed Breed “Gotta Get Home” b/w “Wise”
Morning After “Hey Girl” b/w “Disco-Tick”
Now “Land Of Now” b/w “Lovin’ You Is Easy”
Procedures “Magic Mirror” b/w “Give Me One More Chance”
Prophets of Peace “The Max” b/w “You Can Be”
Rokk “Patience” b/w “Don’t Be No Fool”
Sag War Fare “Don’t Be So Jive” b/w “Girl You Better Change”
Sky’s The Limit “Don’t Be Afraid” b/w “Part 2″
Soul Walkers “Can I Say It Again” b/w “Stay Ahead”
Pat Stallworth “Questions” b/w “Part 2″
Stone Creations “Hands On A Golden Key” b/w “The ‘It’ Song”
Super Soul Movement “Bad Bad Bad” b/w “Part 2″
Suspicious Can Openers “Fever In Your Hot Pants” b/w “Tuesday In The Rain”
Techniques “Get Technified” b/w “When You’re Away”
Third Generation “Mother Nature” b/w “Love Is Gonna Rain Down On Me”
Three Days Ahead “Face It Man” b/w “Rolling Love Part 2″
Tickled Pink “Reach Out (And Give Me Your Hand)” b/w “Never Can Say Goodbye”
Trinikas “Black Is Beautiful” b/w “Remember Me”
Trust “Funk Power” b/w “Explosion”
Two Plus Two “I’m Sure” b/w “Look Around”
Union “Strike” b/w “Come Over To My House For Lunch”
Volumes “I’ve Never Been So In Love” b/w “I’m Gonna Miss You”
Walter & the Admerations “Life Of Tears” b/w “Man Oh Man (What Have I Done)”
Clifton White “The Grade A” b/w “Ain’t No Love”
We have a limited number of pre-order 45s still available. We expect to be clear of them by week’s end, and to start shipping Omnibus early next week.
Simon Brubaker and Julia Dratel spent the better part of a week shooting and editing this in the midst of an absurd July heatwave. It was actually hotter inside than out by the garage, so maybe they got the better deal. We’re about six weeks from being able to ship this beast, but we thought we’d give you a sneak peak at the whole kit and kaboodle to tie you over.
Pre-orders continue at EccentricSoul.com, as does our daily unveiling of each 45, with sound clips, bios, and label scans for color. The bonus 46th 45 is still available, but not for long. We’re only making 1500 of these, so don’t sleep and wonder why it’s not in your stocking. Mom’s need this info EARLY.
We started teasing this a few months back, and even launched a website yesterday, but finally, finally, we are ready to reveal all the details on Eccentric Soul: Omnibus.
Synopsis: 45 7” singles from the dustiest corners of the United States, replicated down to the tiniest detail. Housed in a custom Numero-patterned 45 box, replete with metal hardware and handle in 19 different color combinations. Clothbound hardback book with a word count of almost 50,000, covering the bizarre histories of each group, the early history of Numero, plus an absurdly detailed series of indices.
Background: Back in early 2003, when Numero was still in an embryonic state, the label’s inaugural release was envisioned as a 10-record, 20-artist pile of peculiar soul 45s, packaged in a cardboard clamshell mailer. It was cobbled together from what, at the time, seemed like a unique selection of singles: off-key vocalists and over-the-top guitar soloists, one-piece string sections and piecemeal brass lines, each of them ostensibly helmed by a savant mad-scientist producer working in jury-rigged, barely functional studio conditions. Its working title was Eccentric Soul.
The imagined box of ten 45s was scrapped, replaced by Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, the project that became Numero 001. From the wreckage of the original set, Altyrone Deno Brown turned out to be a bedrock voice, a central story, and the cover image on 003, Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label; the Dynamic Tints brightened one small corner of Twinight’s Lunar Rotation; and Lady Margo’s “This Is My Prayer” later found a home inside Pepper’s Jukebox, the double LP that accompanied Michael Abramson’s photography in 2009’s Light: On The South Side hardcover book.
All 14 volumes of Eccentric Soul that pre-date this Omnibus sketch a given skein of connective tissue, but fully fleshed out here are the colorful strands linking any given record to untold others: untimely deaths, racial injustice, kid groups dimmed of charm by oncoming adulthood, military base installment, the bitter duty of Vietnam, the state of Alaska, tantalizing flirtations with fame. All of it is evidence that the darkened corners of the music business looked much the same in the pale light of Fresno, California, or Owensboro, Kentucky, or Benton Harbor, Michigan: record labels run by wannabe gangsters, managers with sticky fingers, radio promotion men funneling payola into disc jockey pet projects, marching bands turning into stage bands, youth centers turned into soul schools, and master tapes lost to fire, storm, and flood. Most of these 45s appear austere and simple at a glance, but every crude, hand-drawn logo, every missing or misspelled bit of crucial information, every malapropism-laden band name belies a deep well of unique history. PVC footholds in an uphill battle against badly stacked odds, these were records willed into existence through pure determination.
Omnibus Vol. 1 is an attempt at laying bare a tangled mess of loose ends that Numero (and cohorts) have been tripping over for years. Too disconnected and isolated from one another for expansion into full-length CD or LP projects, we’ve bound together 90 songs and 45 stories, cross-referencing each town and year of issue, and gathering it all into a compact and elegant monument to America’s soul diaspora.
The Skinny. We’ll be announcing one single every day for the next 45 days, so continue to check in as Omnibus unfolds in real time. The first two singles, Pat Stallworth, the Intentions, have been announced. You can stream them, check out the label scan, and even read a little bio. Share them with your friends if you think it’s worthwhile.
As is our want, we’ve made a little pre-order for this VERY limited box set (1500 copies for the world), and will reward your advance payment with a bonus 46th single. Pre-orders should ship the first week of October.
Filed under: Alfonso Lovo, Cult Cargo, Eccentric Soul, Newsworthy, Numero Vinyl, Subscription
Attention, sonically adventurous LP subscribers! Put that Pisces record aside, tuck Belize City Boil Up back in its sleeve and try to live without Johnny Lunchbreak for a moment; the second half of the Numero LP Subscription is about to take up camp in your earhole and we are genre-rich this time around. This isn’t just something for everyone, it’s something for you. That’s right, we know who you are. As the series unfolds, you’ll be looking for five new ways to say, “holy shit.” And that’s without having to remind you you get 15% off catalog in any format.
Enough already, this is happening soon to a turntable near you:
NUM004 Buttons: Starter Kit 2LP
Our entry-level power pop compilation features 22 songs from the original, long out-of-print Numero 004, plus two bonus cuts, new liners, 22 separate sleeve repros with rare photos and ephemera tucked into a 7″ vinyl bag and housed in a spot varnished, thick-as-a-brick gatefold sleeve.
NUM044 Buttons: From Champaign to Chicago 2LP
A sugar-coated tribute to the state Numero calls home, From Champaign To Chicago is a 19-track survey of Illinois’ cheapest tricks, beginning in 1973 with Peoria outliers the Jets and ending in 1987 with Romeoville’s Julian Leal and his Dick Clark-approved “Get Away.” From Champaign to Chicago connects the various micro power-pop scenes that once pockmarked the now wrinkled face of the Land of Lincoln.
NUM046 Cult Cargo: La Gigantona LP
The son of a prominent Nicaraguan politician, Alfonso Noel Lovo was a choice target for the Sandinista rebels who hijacked his homeward flight from Miami in December of 1971, ultimately putting several rounds through the talented musician’s torso and hand. After several years, and as many surgeries, he would break new ground on this psychedelic swirl of Latin jazz and pan-American funk with his musical partner, percussionist Jose “Chepito” Areas of Santana fame. Long unavailable, La Gigantona has lived its forty years lost in the grooves of a single acetate. Imagine a Nicaraguan take on Herbie Hancock’s Afro-jazz masterpiece Mwandishi with some of the most penetrating, left-field guitar you’ve never heard.
NUM003 Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP
Our post-nascent number two in the Eccentric Soul series, Bandit gets epic as we further dissect the improbable world of Chicago’s Arrow Brown and his near-cult of musicians, singers, pimps, prostitutes and would-be child stars. Since its original issue nearly 8 years ago, we’ve unearthed more story, more photographs and yes, more music. An extra lp’s worth of music, in fact, accompanied by a 12″ by 12″ 40 page bound book containing a 20,000 word essay and dozens of unseen photographs and ephemera. A final, definitive edition of one of Chicago’s most eccentric soul producers.
Medusa S/T LP
While it teetered from the cliff of Sabbath to the canyon of prog, Medusa’s self-titled debut LP never saw the inside of a record bin. Regulars on Chicago’s ’75 to ’78 rock club scene, this multi-gendered, semi-coven brought their dark vision on weeknights to dirt-bag pleasure palaces like Tuts and The Hanger. Housed in a black velour LP jacket with the truly amazing Medusa logo embossed in red and gold, Medusa finally gets a proper debut, bringing back acid-tinged, classic-rock riffs to Numero fans in search of blood.
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