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Last summer, while building the tracklisting/mythology for Purple Snow, we got an interesting email at our catchall address, firstname.lastname@example.org. After introducing himself as Dan Dominiak, and telling us a little about his tenure at Chicagoland music retailer Hegewisch Records (and some overlapping info about the Erect Records label, both owned by Joe Sotiros) the Numero fan and email correspondant revealed the following:
In September of 2001, almost exactly 10 years to the day of the unsolved murder of owner Joe Sotiros, the Calumet City store would be demolished for the erection of a Walgreen’s. Having been employed myself at Hegewisch from 1990 to 1996, I was aware that Joe had kept all the master tapes from Erect Records stowed in the back stock room of his Calumet City store.
Carefully maneuvering through the half demolished remnants of Hegewisch Records, I acquired the master reel-to-reel of [Alexander O’Neal’s] “Do You Dare” 12″ remix (see attached photo). Sadly, I left all other reel-to reels inside the building to be lost forever in the final demolition of the building. I can’t express enough regret and for not having taken all of those tapes, but it was far too much for a young twerp like me to store away in my parents home.
Possibly the most popular artist on Erect Records, I felt the Alexander O’Neal tape might have some kind of value to someone and even considered the idea of getting it back into the hands of Mr. O’Neal. As of late, I’ve humored the idea of putting it up on eBay. I’m wondering what you guys might suggest I do with this tape?
We explained to him that from our perspective, the best thing to do would be to let this recording live forever in high fidelity along side its Purple Snow contemporaries. Despite having the unreleased Moonsound demo version in our playlist-in-progress, we felt the Erect Records version formed a more sophisticated manifestation of the Chris Moon-John Rivers composition. Not to say it wasn’t a tough call.
Unreleased Moonsound Version (1981)
Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound will reach shelves 11/12/13, and feature this rich rendition of O’Neal’s “Do You Dare,” as well as the previously unreleased Moon-Rivers composition, “Borrowed Time.”
Thanks again, Dan!
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