Numero Group: By The Numbers

Purple Snow = Violet vinyl
August 14, 2013, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Eccentric Soul 45s, Purple Snow, Subscription


A snowflake-labeled translucent violet, to be exact. Has to be held to be truly appreciated. Get all three, get ’em one by one, or go whole hog on little records (about which more below). Numero 050, better known as Purple Snow, piles on 45-style as follows:

ES-036 Flyte Tyme “It’s the Things That You Do” b/w “I’ve Got You On My Mind”
Two unreleased Minneapolis tracks featuring star bassist Terry Lewis, “Funkytown” vocalist Cynthia Johnson, drummer Garry “Jellybean” Johnson, and guitarist Tony Johnson. Future the Time keyboardist Monte Moir delivers a few synth solos that often get mimed/performed a capella by Numero staffers.

ES-037 94 East “If You See Me” b/w “Games”
From recordings known colloquially as “The Cookhouse 5,” Pepe Willie’s session highlight “If You See Me” makes its vinyl debut here, prior to its coming appearance on Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound. The b-side, “Games,” is a 45 exclusive.

ES-038 Herman Jones “I Love You” b/w “Ladie”
Herman Jones’ unreleased “I Love You” remains the most consistently sung ditty around the Numero office. The never-before-released flip side is exclusive to this 45.

Is That All? It Is Not.

By popular demand, our 2013 Eccentric Soul 45 subscription reopens today, for a very limited time. The Eccentric Soul 45 subscription guarantees twelve 45s delivered directly to your door, featuring previously unissued material and straight-up rare-as-all-get-out 45s from the soul diaspora. All singles are housed in glorious duotone sleeves, tailor made for the Numero 45 box. Your $75 (plus a little extra shipping for overseas subscribers) nets you all three Purple Snow 45s, plus these five:

ES-030 Signs Of The Time “Hurts So Bad” b/w “I Think Of You”
The St. Louis group’s previously unreleased cover of Boyce & Hart’s “Hurts So Bad” infuses the tune with a unique eeriness.

ES-031 Notations “That Girl” b/w “I’m For Real”
Though Chicago soul outfit The Notations scored several minor hits on the Twinight label before its 1971 demise, later tunes “I’m For Real” and “That Girl,” cut at far west side Cash Recording Studio, were assumed part of the group’s “lost” period—until now.

ES-032 James Dockery “My Faith In You Is All Gone” b/w “Giving You The Love You Need”
James Dockery, a Chicago-to-LA soul transplant, performs the infectious “My Faith In You Is All Gone” by one-time Al Green and future Syl Johnson songwriter Earl Randle.

ES-033 Brown Bombers & Soul Partners “Wait For Me” b/w “Just Fun”
Detroit teens The Brown Bombers are classily backed by the Soul Partners on an a-side filled with soaring strings and sweet vocals, living up to their Joe Louis-sourced nickname.

ES-035 Young Souls “Quit Waiting For Tomorrow to Come” b/w “Puppet On A String”
“Quit Waiting For Tomorrow To Come” is a midtempo stepper guaranteed to instantly earn its spot in discerning deejay play boxes, while “Puppet On A String” fulfills the tasteful group harmony ballad prerequisite.

And these four, shipping in December:

ES-034 Calvin Harris “Love’s Recipe” b/w “Wives Get Lonely Too”
ES-039 Master Plan Inc “Try It (You’ll Like It)” b/w “Master Plan Intro”
ES-040 Unnatural Funk Band “Strange Happenings” b/w “Living In The Past”
ES-041 Bump & the Soul Stompers “I Can Remember” b/w “Standing On The Outside”

Finally, we drive you insane with a bonus 45 for LP, CD, and 45 subscribers that looks like this:


…and sounds like:

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