Numero Group: By The Numbers

First Frost: Unveiling Purple Snow’s Cover Image
June 14, 2013, 12:42 pm
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Bubbling up from the snow-blanketed land of 10,000 lakes, the Minneapolis Sound defied expectations, emerging late in the ‘70s as a slick, black, and technologically advanced fusion of funk and rock. Purple Snow, the Numero Group’s ambitious 50th mainline release, chronicles false starts and strident early steps toward the Minneapolis Sound, on 4 LPs (or 2CDs) and 32 rare and unreleased recordings from the years just prior to, and just after, one gifted Nelson was crowned Prince. At some 30,000 words, our 144-page hardbound book meticulously directs the listener through two hours of music, a decade dotted by adept producers, combos, and characters whose less celebrated groundwork put Minneapolis’ purple launchpad on the map. From Jimmy Jam’s extroverted Mind & Matter collective to Andre Cymone’s polish-free bedroom demos, Purple Snow gathers as the sprawling, nonfiction prequel to Purple Rain’s cultural takeover. In image-rich splendor, funk-informed hordes of unsung Twin Cities talent bask for a spotlit moment, out of that persistent violet shadow, to shine. 



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