Just when we were prepared to take our 45 box and go home, NPR’s Oliver Wang went ahead and unleashed a thousand and a half words on Eccentric Soul: Omnibus. Mea Culpa.
The salient bit is this:
Reissue labels generally fly below the radar: it’s the albums or compilations they put out that are supposed to be the main focus. With Numero though, from very early on, the label itself established its imprimatur via a few distinctive features: a consistent packaging style, meticulous liner notes featuring interviews with original artists and producers and perhaps most importantly, a sense of exclusivity without snobbery, education without pedantry. Numero releases often make you feel like you’re learning something important without overselling that point.
Not to be outdone, the Onion’s AV Club has a longish Q&A with Numero ringleader Ken Shipley.
Here’s the take home quote:
We have really passionate people over here who look for these great moments of recorded history that have fallen between the cracks. The hope is that if you keep the entire catalog in print, if you keep everything out there and in circulation, songs really can’t be lost. They’re just waiting to be discovered by somebody else. Rian Johnson wasn’t with us in 2005 when we started working on Twinight, but he was there in 2011 when he had this idea for a movie and the song struck him. It’s an important part of the movie for him, and when you touch people like that with music, you’ve done the job that the song was supposed to do in the first place. It just took a lot longer to get there.
Finally, last night this little Boston Phoenix gem showed up in our Google Alerts:
A massive cup-runneth-over of 45 45s that gives lavish treatment to 90 sides of criminally ignored funk and soul radness.
Here’s a few more while we have you here:
Numero has achieved a reputation for quality both in content and in presentation andOmnibus certainly lives up it, raising the bar such that I can’t imagine what they have in store for their second collection.—Consequence Of Sound
Numero Group, one of the country’s leading reissue labels, crams 45 45’s and a hardback book into a portable case that’ll appeal to anyone curious about the genre’s golden years.—New York Magazine
Chicago Magazine stuffed it into their gift guide.
But really, that’s kinda it. To the many freelance writers and magazine editors out there who will point to not being serviced with the release we ask, “How many $250 box sets are showing up in your mailbox on a regular basis?”
Hop to kids, we’ve got less than 100 copies in our warehouse.
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