Containing over 2 hours of music, detailed in a hardbound book boasting colorful photography and ephemeral oddities, our approaching Purple Snow box set promises to be a doozie. To give both purple-hearted die hards and the Minneapolis curious a taste of what this set encompasses, we’re issuing a limited run of colored-vinyl, picture-sleeve 45s, featuring some compilation highlights ahead of Purple Snow‘s October release date.
ES-037: 94 East has become a Minneapolis Sound buzzword owing to the fact that Brooklyn transplant and bandleader Pepe Willie hired a 16-year-old Prince Rogers Nelson to add lead guitar to a bundle of his originals at Minneapolis’s Cookhouse Studios in the winter of 1975. Known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5,” session highlight “If You See Me” makes its vinyl debut on Purple Snow. The b-side, “Games,” is a 45 exclusive.
ES-036: A precursor to the Time, Flyte Tyme was a competitive moretet that provided a vehicle for dozens of Twin Cities musicians throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. The two unreleased songs featured here star bassist Terry Lewis, “Funkytown” vocalist Cynthia Johnson, drummer Garry “Jellybean” Johnson, and guitarist Tony Johnson (no relation). Before becoming Flyte Tyme, they were known as Wars of Armageddon. More on that later.
ES-038: Herman Jones backed and fronted various incarnations of St. Paul’s the Exciters, off and on. through the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. A tireless performer and respectable songwriter, the unreleased “I Love You,” is currently the most consistently sung ditty around the Numero office. The flip side is also unreleased, and is exclusive to this 45.
Enjoy the 30 second snippets, sequenced as above.
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