Numero Group: By The Numbers


The Numero Group Invades San Antonio
January 15, 2013, 9:03 am
Filed under: Dynamic, Eccentric Soul, Epstein Recording Co., Newsworthy


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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.

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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

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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 

A02. Football 

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 

B05. Chocolate

C01. How Good Is Good 

C02. We Got To Make A Change 

C03. Soulful Sickness

C04. U.F.O 

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.


5 Comments so far
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awesome, can’t wait.

Comment by krisholmes1

anyone know the name of that guitarist (or the group he was a part of) on the cover? it makes you wonder what the earliest example of playing guitar with one’s teeth was. psyched for this release!

Comment by Jack

That’s Bobby Blackmon.

Comment by numerogroup

Please !!! could be possible to have the ” How good is good / get down brother ” in Bonus 45 !!!!

Will be the Top !!!!

Comment by Pal

No plans currently, but we’ll keep it in mind.

Comment by numerogroup




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