Numero Group: By The Numbers

July 23, 2010, 4:20 pm
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When we were first ushered into the world of Carlos Ruiz’s Ebirac label, we’d hoped they’d have at the very least photographs of the Puerto Rican salsa scene they lived at the epicenter of. Hundreds were found. Then we prayed that the tapes would turn up. Someone was listening. With original copies of the Ebirac 45s and LPs being rarer then hen’s teeth, we put the idea square out of our brains that we would ever file any in our personal collections. And then the Ruiz family called us about a storage space their 90 year old mother remembered. Inside? Only a couple hundred original Ebirac LPs and 45s.

After purchasing and then securing them in our already cramped office, we started asking ourselves, “What are we gonna do with all this dead stock?” The secondary market (read: eBay) while extremely lucrative (these LPs trade for $100-$200 each), would have taken years to blow all this stock out. And wholesaling all this product would have been a nightmare (too many titles). So we found a nice compromise. We’ll sell 50 of the 75 copies we got of each LP on our website for well below the going rate. Those look like this:

We’re offering the four LPs individually for $25 each:

Orchestra La Justicia: Salsa Con Nostalgia

Orquestra La Solucion: Desde Mi Barrio en Chicago

Orquestra La Solucion: Mi Barrio es Fuego

Orquestra La Solucion: Mi Barrio se Quemo

Or you can buy all four LPs together and get a bonus dead stock 45 not available in the Box of Boricua.

What the hell is the Box of Boricua? With the 152 copies of each 45, we took 12 of them (the most we could fit in one box) and made this:

You can buy Box of Boricua here for $25.

And if you want all four LPs AND the 12 45s, we’ll throw in three more killer 45s not available in the box (including the electric salsa freak out “Under The Sun”). We’ve got less than 20 of these “everything” packages available, so don’t sleep!

This is an unparalleled chance to preview a Numero project in process, digging simultaneously with us through this massive treasure trove of Chicago-by-way-of-Puerto Rico Salsa, Latin funk, Guaguanco, Guajira, Merengue, Bolero, and Rumba. For those of us used to begging artists and producers to borrow often tattered original copies, this was an astonishing find that we couldn’t keep to ourselves.

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Will any of these full-lengths find a home on Asterisk someday…?

Comment by Zack

Just got mine today. Yes!

Comment by OW

[…] last Friday but the Friday before, we launched an insane deal on Ebirac dead stock, including a limited to 150 copies 12 X 45 box set. The above is a picture of the mail from today, […]

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[…] ranchero, you name it, they released it. While working on that compilation, Numero unearthed a cache of Ebirac deadstock LPs and 45s. They decided to give their fans an “unparalleled chance to preview a Numero project in […]

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will there ever be a compilation on cd?

Comment by gilberto contreras

It’s out now:

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