Rolling out ahead of 050 Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound are three Eccentric Soul 45s with era-appropriate picture sleeves. Those sleeves arrived today, and we thought it was worth sharing. From left to right: Led by Brooklyn transplant Pepe Willie, 94 East roped in some of the Twin Cities’ most promising players during the late ’70s, among them Prince, Andre Cymone, Bobby Z., Pierre Lewis, and Dale Alexander. Pictured in the center is Herman Jones, who first took the stage in the early ’60s with St. Paul’s the Exciters. In the transformative decades to follow, Jones adapted, integrating his beloved old school with the technologically advanced new. Flyte Tyme encompasses dozens of Minnesota players, and was a worthy opponent during countless Battles of the Bands between the Family, Grand Central, and Cohesion. These names unfamiliar? They won’t be once you get a hardbound edition of Purple Snow in your hands. These three gems will be delivered as part of our 45 subscription, and a la carte as individual singles in September.
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