Filed under: Dynamic, Eccentric Soul, Forte, Good God!, Numero Vinyl, Subscription
We broke news of our annual subscription last week. Now, you too can hear what we’ve been playing in the Numero office over the last six months as we developed these projects.
01 .Commands “No Time For You” (From Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD/2LP)
02. Cave Dwellers “Run Around” (From Cave Dwellers: Run Around+3 2×7″)
03. Pretty “Mustache In Your Face” (From Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3 2×7″)
04. Wicked Lester “Dogs Of War” (From Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed+3 2×7″)
05. Walter Lewis “I Have Love At Home” (From Purple Snow 2CD/4LP)
06. Robert Vanderbilt “Message Especially From God” (From Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD/2LP)
07. Capitalaires “Glory, Glory” (From King Bullard Version LP)
08. Marva Whitney “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear” (From Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label CD/2LP)
09. Mickey & the Soul Generation “UFO” (From The Complete Mickey & The Soul Generation 3LP)
We asked 100 gospel music enthusiasts who they thought would be a great contestant on the Family Feud. The top ten answers are on the board:
09. Pilgrim Wonders
08. Fern Jones
06. Sacred Four
04. Calvin Cooke
02. Shirley Ann Lee
01. T.L. Barrett
We’re not quite sure how this happened, but last night T.L. Barrett and family were on the Family Feud. No word yet from the Barrett camp on if they won or who played the Fast Money round, but we’ll keep you posted.
In other gospel news, we’ve got a brand new compilation of celestial burners being primed for the spring. NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns drops the pretext of funk entirely to explore songs and sounds outside the gospel canon. Prepare to convert.
A few years ago when we began working on 030 Good God! Born Again Funk, we pulled in the entire eight song album by Pastor TL Barrett, not knowing what we’d do with the seven other tracks. Following the issue of the above compilation, our friends at Light In The Attic got in touch wondering about the status of those other seven tracks. Having no immediate plans for them, we did what was best for the album and sub-leased it. Eight months later, this arrived at our door:
We’ve got the LP and limited bonus 45 available on our site now for $18 (postage paid), or for a limited time you can get Like A Ship, Born Again Funk, and A Gospel Funk Hymnal on LP for the retardedly low price of $45 (postage paid).
Fans of Trevor Dandy may notice the absence of “Is There Any Love”‘s iconic break in the Roots’ update of the Monsters Of Folk song “Dear God.” That was a mouthful. This cover is slated to appear on the forthcoming Roots LP, How I Got Over, due out sometime this summer. Listen here:
For those wondering how this affects the well being of Trevor and the song’s cowriter Paul Zaza, you can rest easily with the knowledge that they retained a 25% writer’s share in the song.
We first checked in on Rochester, New York’s Fine Recording Studio via the Inspirational Gospel Singers in Good God! Born Again Funk. And now, thanks to the hard work of Mark Taylor, the remainder of the Fine archive is being digitized for future generations to enjoy. Here’s the skinny:
In December 2002, a shipping container arrived in Sydney, Australia. Its contents largely unknown, it was unloaded into a warehouse in East Botany. For the next 6 months a story unfolded, a history of the recorded music of Rochester, NY, from the immediate post-war era, until the untimely death in 1977 of studio owner and jazz big band leader Vincent Giancursio, aka Vince Jan, aged 58. The studio later suffered fire and flood damage.
The contents of the container, as they were unpacked, revealed hidden musical treasure representing every genre and diversity of the era. Big band jazz and lounge music, popular songs, country and western, rockabilly and incredible gospel groups dominate the 1950’s. Following this came early beat and pop groups, early garage r&r, northern soul and funk, culminating in a slew of brilliant undiscovered garage punk masterpieces, the reason for the existence of this site. After 1967, psychedelic and progressive styles took hold, and the energy was lost. However, the story must, and will, be told…
Check Mark’s site for a larger rundown of the studio’s musical contents, and oh yeah, grab this face-melting compilation of Fine gospel that another Fine fan put together.
We were saddened today by the news that our friend Ada Richards passed on Tuesday. She was visiting her son in Atlanta when she suffered a sudden heart attack. We talk to Ada pretty often. By The Numbers readers know her from her letters to us (written from the point of view of her friends at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Holls, Michigan). Numero fans also know her music from our Good God! Born Again Funk compilation.
Ada will be remembered more in Detroit for her generosity as a successful local businesswoman with a small chain of beauty parlors who was known to share from her surplus. After her retirement she was known for her volunteer work. We consider ourselves lucky to have gotten to know her.
Filed under: A Light On The Southside, Al Jarnow, Boddie, Eccentric Breaks & Beats, Good God!, Lonesome Heroes, Lowlands, Playlists, Syl Johnson | Tags: Sea Of Sound
So, I gotta little jealous last week that we didn’t have something as slick as Josh’s new online ghetto blaster and decided it was time to revive my old podcast, The Sea Of Sound. This episode below in it’s fancy Flash 1.0 player – give it a few seconds to load – is a healthy mix of past, present, and upcoming Numero tracks, side by side with some old favorites, and a few cuts from various new releases for your listening pleasure. Enjoy, Michael
“Don’t Trade Love For Money” – Jackie Russell
“Woodpiles On The Side Of The Road” – Jack Rose
“Hummingbirds” – Kieran White
“Jane, Jane” – Tia Blake
“Yellow Roses” – Heron
“Lonely Son” – Vernon Wray
“Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart” – Arthur Russell
“Tried So Hard” – The Flying Burrito Brothers
“Never Too Far” – Tim Hardin
“I Found My Music” – Sage
“Every Day We Grow Closer” – Alex Chilton
“The Ballad Of El Goodo” – Big Star
“The Summer Sun” – Chris Stamey
Beaumont, TX Dodge Commercial
“I’ve Got To Get Over” – Syl Johnson
“Bring It Down Front” – Hugh Hawkins
“Lean Lanky Daddy” – Little Ann
“You’ve Got To Steal It” – The Flairs
“I’m Drunk & I’m Real High (In The Spirit Of God) – Ada Richards
“Cosmic Clock” – Shoes
“Love Letter Full Of Promises” (Rehearsal) – Juanita Rodgers