Spoonful Records in Columbus, Ohio is a great shop that takes very seriously the musical legacy of its hometown. Considering that the Numero Group’s very first release was 2003’s Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, Numero and Spoonful remain close friends and steadfast allies. Spoonful recently hosted its first official Numero Night—we sent a few test pressings as door prizes and owner Brett Ruland played personal favorites from the catalog. Among those in attendance, Daniel Moss—son of Capsoul founder, Bill Moss—was on hand to discuss his father’s legacy and how Numero became a part of the equation. It’s always reassuring to know that our artists/licensees enjoy being a part of our dysfunctional family. Hopefully there will be more Numero Nights to come, but in the meantime, check out this sweet video short, outlining the origins of Capsoul with bonus flashes of Numero’s baby steps.
Spoonful Records is located at 116 E. Long Street between 3rd and 4th in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Filed under: Capitol City Soul
It feels good to be back at square one. Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label was a great place to start for a groundling label seeking to establish itself in 2004’s music marketplace, and it has continued to be a reference point for the Numero Group. So where better to turn for #51 than to the place where it all started?
Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul cobbles together released and unreleased moments from Bill Moss’s top-ranking rhythm and blues foundry. Old friends (the Four Mints, Kool Blues) and new pals (Jupiter’s Release, Love Maximum) unite for a proper send-off. The CD/2xLP has already garnered some pleasant reviews and should be popping up in the New Release section of the planet’s forward-thinking record retailers. To give you a sample of the scrap-floor delicacies that await you, we’re offering a free download of the compilation’s final track, a preemptively faded Impressions cover that is a perfect metaphor for a label whose potential was never fully realized.
When we started working on the Capitol City Soul collection back in 2006, Dean Francis shared with us a hand-drawn rendition of his popular dance tune, “Funky Disposition”. Our designer Leland Meiners has made it come to life as a .gif, look for it spreading like wildfire on Reddit or 4chan as a snarky response to a n00b.
Check the tune here! (and look for the Capitol City Soul release, available for presale now!)
Filed under: Capitol City Soul, Capsoul | Tags: How I Met Your Mother, Low Winter Sun, Psych, Queer As Folk, Weeds, Who Killed The Electric Car
You don’t name your label Numero without some interest in symmetry amongst your sprawling catalog numbers, and alert listeners will have probably already picked up on a few patterns. But nothing could be more symbolic than our release number 051, where we return to the scene of release 001 to clean up. As any of our listeners already know, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label is our best loved and most timeless release.
We’ve done quite a bit for the legacy of Capsoul since that humble beginning. Besides the surprising success of the release, the most heard songs have appeared in a myriad of other media. The songs from the Capsoul label have appeared in many movies (In The Mix, Who Killed The Electric Car, and Diggers), television programs (How I Met Your Mother, Weeds, Queer As Folk, Low Winter Sun, Psych), and advertisements (most notable the Blackberry commercial from 2013). That amounts to millions of people hearing (if only in passing) what had been a largely forgotten catalog of great soul music. These ongoing successes also managed to shine a bright light on some of that collections oversights.
Capitol City Soul paints a more detailed picture of what was really going on in Columbus, Ohio from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. It starts before Capsoul, with groups like The Soul Partners and The Chandlers, and continues on past Capsoul’s untimely demise, following artists like The Kool Blues, The Four Mints, Dean Francis, and Jeff Smith through the later dimensions of their unsung careers. All of this material was unearthed in the ten years since our Capsoul project launched the label, and almost all of it was previously unreleased (or at least barely known.) While it may not have the fanfare of the original release, it was a truly unique document that only Numero (and co-producer Dante Carfagna) could ever be in a position to unearth. Pre-order now for early shipping!
There it is. Doesn’t look like much, what with its statue of President William McKinley (best known for being assassinated by an anarchist) and generic Doric columns. Columbus might be the most unassuming hotbed of soul music in the United States, and it certainly never matched the volume of Memphis, Chicago, Jackson, or of course Detroit, but the sheer quality is what is really remarkable. If you thought we would have thoroughly tapped these natural resources with the Prix label, the Capsoul label, the Four Mints LP, the Wee LP, and the Penny & the Quarters 45 (and myriad others, like the Suspicious Can Openers and Now 45s in our Eccentric Soul: Omnibus) you are mistaken. We are far from done with Columbus, the material we are mining is just too strong. We’re diving back in with this summer’s Capitol City Soul presentation: Twenty underground soul masterworks from the Capsoul family (extended and immediate). We’ve mined the archives of Bill Moss, Jeff Smith, Dean Francis, and others to create a collection of virtually unheard material. Only a few tracks were ever even released on even a local level. Keep your eyes here for more on this project, ten years in the making, over the next few weeks.
Summer is the weekend of all seasons, and this summer we’ve got two ice cold compilations buried in our styrofoam cooler that will sound especially good in the sun, yet just as refreshing in the shade.
Taking a long look back at the Numero Group’s first release, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, we revisit Columbus, Ohio to offer listeners a generous portion of Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul. Above is label owner Bill Moss whose apropos “Number One” made his little enterprise a great place for Numero to begin their journey a decade ago. What to expect: More good stuff.
We then head north to Cleveland, the setting of Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label. From 1962 to 1973, Way Out evolved from doo-wop foundry to lawless clubhouse for number runners, slick-talking entrepreneurs, and Cleveland Browns. Above is Jesse Fisher, one of the last men standing at Way Out’s E. 55th St. headquarters. With a total of 40 songs spread over 3LPs or 2CDs, subscribers and preordering individuals will be awarded and entire bonus LP of bonus material. What to expect: More in-sounds from Way Out.
Both titles will hit shelves, on-line shopping carts, and party playlists on June 24th, 2014.