Numero Group: By The Numbers

How Numero got on the God foot
May 20, 2013, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Good God!

DSCF2853In 2005, our friend Breck T. Bunce shared a mix disc with us of gospel songs through the lens of American funk. A handful of those songs would end up on NUM010 Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal, sending us down a path that would later touch down in Local Customs: Downriver Revival, Good God! Born Again Funk, and Boddie Recording Co.: Cleveland, Ohio. Earlier this month we issued our third volume in the Good God! series, NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns, which brought us full circle to our original 18 song collection with the second appearance of Melvin Kenniebrew’s Sensational Saints.

Some may recall Preacher & the Saints’ “Jesus Rhapsody” as the opening cut on Hymnal. But before Melvin was Preacher, he was just one of a revolving cast of Saints that had been operating in the Cleveland area since the late ’50s. The Sensational Saints issued an LP and a handful of 45s on James Bullard’s BOS label, several of which are being collected on our King Bullard Versions: Songs of the BOS Label LP this June. As the Saints were the best known group on the label, we originally opted to put them on the cover:

KBV-originalUltimately, that ended up inside Apocryphal. It wasn’t churchy enough, somehow.

This may not be the last time you hear from the Saints. We accidentally mastered their You Won’t Believe It (Try Us You’ll Like It) LP earlier this year and need to find something to do with it. Gospel, however, is likely a genre we won’t be revisiting for a couple years. Those seeking salvation can use this checklist in the meantime:

NUM010 Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal

NUM026 Local Customs: Downriver Revival

NUM030 Good God! Born AGain Funk

NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns

44003 Shirley Ann Lee: Songs of Light

44004 King Bullard Versions: Songs of the BOS Label

JR.009 Otis G. Johnson: God Is Love

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