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  • A Lovely Sight A Lovely Sight Quick View

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    A Lovely Sight

    By the late '60s, radio-delivered psychedelia had saturated even the heartland. A Lovely Sight, Pisces' only attempt at an LP, never made wax; but the fuzz guitar phrases and tambourine shuffle of Dear One instantly illustrate the band's woozy realm. Deeper inside, bass scales borrowed from Sgt. Pepper give way to Who moves wrecked by bad fidelity and harsh intrusions of found audio. Jefferson Airplane's swirled, lysergic Haight Street utopia melds with the urban narcosis of the Velvet Underground's East Village. But Pisces hailed from another ghost town altogether: Rockford, Illinois, where rusted, endless plains bear close resemblance to a bummer acid trip or a junkie's rock bottom. In 1969, the industrial Midwest was hurting for the hard stuff, but what it got was plenty of the White Album, enough to have Jim Krein, Paul DiVenti, and Linda Bruner recording through a glass onion all their own. The unsettling balance of their unissued LP combines homespun psychedelic vision and secondhand studio trickery with naive readings of the rock sound of the day, resulting in a diverse, haunted rock headspace few coastal bands ever flew through, let alone over.

    1. Dear One
    2. Children Kiss Your Mother Goodnight
    3. Motley Mary Ann
    4. Say Goodbye To John
    5. Mary
    6. Genesis II
    7. Sam
    8. The Music Box
    9. Like a Hole In the Wall Where the Rat Lives
    10. Are You Changing In Your Time
    11. In the Dreams of Paula
    12. Elephant Eyes
    13. Circle of Time
    14. A Flower For All Seasons
    15. In the Summer the Grape Grows
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  • Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands Quick View

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    Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands

    The second in Numeros series of peeks into the world of regional studios hones in on Mickey Rouses Lowland operation out of Beaumont, Texas. Long after the Boppers plane crashed and the Winter brothers (Johnny and Edgar) and Janis Joplin split, Texas Golden Triangle was home to a vibrant scene of musicians, songwriters, and entrepreneurs just trying to make it in Houston, let alone the world.

    From the ashes of a vibrant garage and stage band scene, the Lowland studio and its clientele were formed. Holed up in a rundown strip mall, groups like Mourning Sun, Insight Out, Sage, Sassy, Mother Lion, Hope, Circus, and Boot Hill tracked out hundreds of demos, most of which were put on the shelf and left to bake in the South East Texas heat. Until now.

    Over the last two years, Numero has painstakingly gone through every tape in the studios archives, selecting the best of the best (28 for this 2xLP) for this peerless compilation. The songs themselves run the gamut; southern boogie rock, CSNY clones, British blues thunder, garage-psych hangovers, Morricone-esque supper club instrumentals, yacht rock, and what can only be described as Bobby McPherin fronting the Velvet Underground, are threaded together in the way only a tightly-knit scene can be. Forget bringing these treasures back to life, Numeros giving them the life they never had.

    1. Lowlands Studio Band - Trash One
    2. Insight Out - Live My Life Today
    3. Mother Lion - Simple House
    4. Sassy - She's My Daughter
    5. Bobby Welch - Yellow River
    6. Insight Out - It Makes You Feel So Bad
    7. Linda Crowe - I Still Remember
    8. Circus - Love Of The Morning
    9. Mourning Sun - Where's Love Gone Today
    10. Mother Lion - I'm The Fool
    11. Sage - I Found My Music
    12. Bobby Welch - Benshaw Glenn
    13. Hope - Tomorrow
    14. Next Exit - Take A Look At Your Friends
    15. Circus - Give Me Time
    16. Boot Hill - No Control
    17. D.O.A. - Lady Tell Me Why
    18. Sage - Everyday Is Saturday
    19. Hope - Dream Away
    20. Mourning Sun - Let's Take A Walk In The Woods
    21. Roy Briggs & Alton Tew - You Know I Love You
    22. Donald Thomas - Calling Me Home (demo)
    23. Lowland Studio Band - Lizard
    24. Unknown - Unknown
    25. Bobby Welch - Laughing Girl
    26. Sage - Let Me Listen
    27. Insight Out - My Loneliness
    28. Boot Hill - Groundhog Day
    Various Artists
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  • Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label Quick View

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    Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label

    In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown's touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor's Forte label back at full fighting strength. She'd calmed aching crowds the day after MLK's death, and she'd lived the life, despite its rigors-to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including "I've Lived The Life" and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear," which made national rounds in 1972.

    By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who'd stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago's RCA studios on "Baby Be Good." In '68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding "Give Me Love." Progressing in the middle '70s, Everyday People got "Super Black" on Forte's pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco funk with Sharon Revoal's "Reaching for Our Star."

    Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman's work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 LP tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans
    detailing all iterations of Forte's logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike-though what moves "The Hen" required remains anyone's guess.

    1. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
    2. Lee Harris - I'm Gonna Get Your Thing
    3. Tear Drops - I'm Gonna Get You
    4. Louis Chachere - The Hen Part 1
    5. The Fantasticks - Cry Night And Day
    6. Marva W Taylor - I've Lived The Life
    7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Mini Mini Afro Twist
    8.Tony Ashley & the Delicates - I'll Never Be Satisfied
    9. The Rayons - You Confuse Me Baby
    10. The Four Darlings - Baby Your Love Is Amazing
    11. Lee Harris - Lookin' Good
    12. Marva Whitney - Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear
    13: Gene Williams - Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
    14. Everyday People - Is It Really That Bad

    1. The Rayons - Baby Be Good
    2. Tony Ashley & the Delicates - All Along I've Loved You
    3. Lee Harris - I've Got To Have Somebody's Love
    4. Everyday People - Super Black
    5. James Whitney - With Fun In My Life
    6. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
    7. Marva W Taylor - Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
    8. Four Darlings - Give Me Love
    9. Unknown Artist - Dearest Lover
    10. Fantasticks - Live And Let Live
    11. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Ya Gotta Be Doing It
    12. Lee Harris - Skate Boogaloo and Karate Too
    13. Tear Drops - Don't Fade Away
    14. Marva Whitney & Ellis "Gripey" Taylor - We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

    Eccentric Soul
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  • Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, OH (Box Set) Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, OH (Box Set) Quick View

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    Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, OH (Box Set)

    From 1958 to 1993, Thomas and Louise Boddies industrious Boddie Recording Company issued nearly 300 albums and 45s, recorded 10,000 hours of tape, and remained in operation longer than any other studio, pressing plant, or label group in the history of Cleveland. Long forgotten even by the standards of the chronically overlooked northeastern Ohio music scene, Boddie was a fusion of its owners engineering genius and his limited economic means; its DIY recording studio housed in a humble barn, churned night and day to capture the sounds emanating from Clevelands east side neighborhoods.

    The 65 tracks on this 5LP box set represent the best of the Boddies in-house Soul Kitchen, Luau, and Bounty labels, which released an unspoiled treasure trove of kitchen-sink eccentric soul, fuzzbox funk, shoestring doo-wop, and haunted, eerily hook-laden spirituals. Enclosed inside is a mountain of office-styled ephemera: two massive booklets brimming with detail on the Boddies and their artists; extensive notes and scores of unpublished photos; a complete detailed discography folio; reproduced fliers; and a Boddie greeting card, all rendered with the handcrafted charm that was the Boddie hallmark. Call it a self-contained record industry crammed into one box.

    Featuring 65 tracks on 5 LPs, two massive booklets brimming with detail, extensive notes and scores of unpublished photos, detailed discography, and reproduced fliers and a Boddie greeting card.

    1. Creations Unlimited - Chrystal Illusion
    2. Ricky Hodges & the Funky People - Don't Destroy Our Love
    3. Frankie Pighee & Soulettes - Soul Feeling
    4. Chantells - World Of Soul
    5. Jackie Russell - If You Don't Want Me Let Me Be
    6. Angela Alexander & J.D. Saddler - Spoilin' For A Fight
    7. Inter-Circle - The Pusher
    8. Eddie & the Ant Hill Mob - I'm A Number Runner
    9. Bo & the Metros - Moving On
    10. Inter-Circle - The Players
    11. Creations Unlimited - Corruption Is The Thing
    12. King James Version feat. King Solomon & Moses - He's Coming

    13. Angela Alexander & J.D. Saddler - Don't Make Me Kill You
    14. Chantells - Why Won't You Say (What You Want)
    15. Frankie Pighee & Soulettes - If You Don't Think That I Love You
    16. Jackie Russell - Don't Trade Love For Money
    17. Bo & the Metros - Buttered Out
    18. Ricky Hodges - I Feel It (The Love You Have For Me)
    19. King James Version feat. King Solomon & Moses - He's Forever
    20. A.C. Jones & the Atomic Aces - Oh Baby (I Love You)
    21. Harvey Hall - Tell Me About it
    22. Headlines - He's Looking For A Love
    23. J.C. Akins - I've Got to Find A Way (To Get To Your Heart)
    24. Little Anthony & the Modern Detergents - Monkey Hips & Yice
    25. A.C. Jones & the Atomic Aces - Give Me Your Love

    26. Harvey & the Phenomenals - Darlene (Instrumental)
    27. Little Anthony & the Modern Detergents - Don't Make Me Blue
    28. Penny North - Satisfied
    29. J.C. Akins & the Dukes - You Upset My Very Soul
    30. Harvey & the Phenomenals - All In Your Eyes
    31. J.C. Akins - I Love You
    32. J.C. Akins & the Dukes - New Dance
    33. A.C. Jones & the Soulettes - Hole In Your Sole
    34. Penny North - Thought I Had A Good Thing
    35. Harvey & the Phenomenals - Darlene
    36. Headlines - Baby
    37. A.C. Jones & the Atomic Aces - Give Me Your Love (Instrumental)
    38. Headlines - He's Looking For A Love (Demo)

    39. Rev. R. L. Hubbard - Child Of The King
    40. Brother Bill - Wha's Happ'nin'
    41. Guiding Lights - Lost In Sin
    42. Wings of Faith Juniors Of Grand Rapids, MI - I Can't Thank Him Enough
    43. Seven Revelators - Keep Holding On
    44. Victory 5 - Have You Been To The Pool
    45. Sounds of Soul - Gospel Train
    46. Corinthian Singers - Why? (It's A Shame)
    47. Fantastic Lightning Ares - Jesus You Are My Shining Star
    48. North Wind Of Cleveland, OH - If I've Done Any Wrong
    49. Golden Harmonizers - Won't Be Back No More
    50. Gospel Hebrews - Jesus Is All Over Me
    51. Gospel Fabulators - Read It In The Bible
    52. Spiritual Believers - Sweet To Know

    53. Silver Kings Trouble - The Water
    54. Cleveland Golden Echos - Used To Live On Broadway
    55. Royal Kings - Look Out For Jesus
    56. Swanee Nightingales - I Know The Lord Will Make A Way
    57. Gospel Ensemble - What You Need
    58. Juanita Ellis - Make A Joyful Noise
    59. Headlines - Baby (Demo)
    60. Delores White - Why Don't We Understand
    61. Addie Pearl Rice - Sara Culture
    62. Harvey & the Phenomenals - T.G.I.F.
    63. Addie Pearl Rice - Flowers Are Blooming
    64. Jackie Russell - If You Don't Want Me Let Me Be (Demo)
    65. Delores White - Lover's Paradise

    Various Artists
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  • Light: On The South Side (Awaiting Repress) Light: On The South Side (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Light: On The South Side (Awaiting Repress)

    2 LPs and 132-page book!

    Between 1975-1977, Chicago's South Side night clubs were a little lighter. Photographer Michael Abramson hit Perv's House, Pepper's Hideout, The High Chaparral, The Patio Lounge, and The Showcase Lounge, not to capture the artists on stage, instead popping off a half dozen rolls every night on the crowd. Light: On The South Side gathers for the first time over 100 of these images, as Numero Group shines its own strobe on yet another dark corner of the past. The 132-page hard back book features photos, an ephemera section, and an essay by Nick Hornby.

    Housed in a gorgeous slipcase with the 12x12 book is Pepper's Jukebox, a seventeen track compilation of the kind of funky Chicago blues heard from the stage and the Wurlitzer. The deluxe 2LP set is packaged in a sharp gatefold jacket with two inner sleeves crammed to the gills with label scans and stories. All in all, it's the classiest Numero record ever made, spotted easily from across the room with its near 2 spine.

    Light: On the South Side is undoubtedly Numeros most extravagant and audaciously packaged seta dazzling collection that should receive an automatic Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package. Housed in a slipcase box, the compilations 2-LP gatefold vinyl and 132-page hardbound 12x12 book offer the ultimate immersion into Chicagos African-American South Side nightclubs and the sounds, sights, personalities, and smells that filled them on a nightly basis. The gorgeous collection is a prerequisite for any fan of blues, R&B, and soul (and by natural extension, rock and pop)and anyone curious to glimpse a bygone era of life-after-dark celebrations staged by urbanites that lived for evenings on the dance floor, in front of the Wurlitzer, and in leather booths surrounded by the opposite sex, booze, and cigarettes. -Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 25

    1. Arlean Brown - I'm A Streaker Baby
    2. Bobby Rush - Bowlegged Woman
    3. Ricky Allen - No Better Time Than Now
    4. Little Mac Simmons - The Same One
    5. Lady Margo - This Is My Prayer
    6. Andrew Brown - You Made Me Suffer
    7. Artie White - Gimmie Some Of Yours
    8. Lucille Span - Women's Lib
    9. Hugh Hawkins - Bring It Down Front
    10. Slim Willis Band - I Sayed That
    11. Little Ed - It's A Dream
    12. Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black
    13. Walter 'Butterball' Davis - Baby Watcha' Doing
    14. Willie Williams - Detroit Blues
    15. Little Mack - Goose Walk
    16. Detroit Jr. - Young Blood
    17. Willie Davis - I Learned My Lesson
    18. James Kind - California Lady
    Various Artists
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  • Music from the Mountain Provinces Music from the Mountain Provinces Quick View

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    Music from the Mountain Provinces

    "Our journals and recording equipment were ultimately
    confiscated and stolen by the MNLF rebels. We escaped
    with a single cassette, the clothes on our back, and our
    lives." -David Blair Stiffler

    In 1988, David Blair Stiffler risked life and limb to document
    under-recorded cultural groups living lives of extreme isolation in
    the mountainous Philippine regions of Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and
    Luzon. These are the fruits of that expedition.

    In the grand tradition of ethnographic recordings that made up the
    majority of Folkways' vast and significant catalog comes Music from
    the Mountain Provinces. By the mid-1980s, David Blair Stiffler was
    already a most-decorated recordist, with eight Folkways LPs under
    his belt. These are among the most obscure documents in the entire
    Folkways catalog (and that's quite a distinctive accomplishment,
    given the illustrious company in that discography.) His focus
    heretofore had largely been Central and South America, capturing
    sounds from largely-hidden rain forest civilizations, including the
    Palicour, Miskito, Arawak, Warrau, Cuna, Choco, and Pipil tribal
    and cultural groups. He would match this flair for the unknown
    and undocumented in his expedition to the Philippines. Although
    the works of Jose Maceda and Nicole Revel heavily documented
    much of the Philippines' countryside inhabitants with a thorough
    and sober effort protracted over the decades. Stiffler brought his
    own panache into the equation, capturing gorgeous and revelatory
    moments from some of the archipelago's least visited regions. Even
    without the harrowing tale of himself and his crew being taken
    hostage, contained within is a rare aural experience. These masters,
    originally intended for release on Folkways, were shelved when
    Stiffler returned home to news of Folkways founder Moses Asch's
    death. After the tragic event of last winter's disastrous and deadly
    Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda), these documents are even more

    1. Kulintang-Badjao or Yakan Gong
    2. Kalinga-Bamboo Zither I
    3. Kalinga-Rice Winnowing Song
    4. Kalinga-Bamboo Zither II
    5. Bontoc-Violin
    6. Kalinga-Bamboo Zither III
    7. NPA-Nose Flute
    8. Dumagat-Throat Singing
    9. Kalinga-Group Singing with Gongs
    10. Ilingot-Plucked Bamboo Zither
    11. Maranoa-Lullaby
    12. MNLF-Whistling
    Various Artists
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  • The Lewis Connection The Lewis Connection Quick View

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    The Lewis Connection

    With insurance money from a recently overturned Buick Century, brothers Andre and Pierre Lewis went on a recording tear through the Twin Cities in 1978, cutting a halfdozen songs in as many studios. Combining the astro-sexuality of Parliament with the
    sophisticated flammability of Earth, Wind & Fire, the Lewis Connection's misspelled debut captures the Minneapolis Sound's founding fathers-Prince among them-at the paradigm-shifting confluence of funk, jazz, and pop for which the Land of 10,000 Lakes
    is famed.

    Having departed from Champagne, Prince Rogers Nelson felt certain he could gain work within the ranks of Pierre and Andre Lewis's profitable circle. Hoping simply to generate enough funds to secure passage for himself and a demo tape to New York City, the promising guitarist gigged with the group, and can be heard picking on "Got To Be Something Here" alongside future band mate and bassist, Sonny Thompson.

    The session sat fallow until the Lewis brother's robust settlement secured passage back through the region's recording studios, as the Twin City players went for broke on each increasingly frugal session.
    Notorious child prodigies and party animals, the Lewis Connection's self-titled debut was smoked and snorted by frenzied audiences, with few copies rising to the surface in the intervening decades. Over thirty years later, the seedy masterpieces of Pierre and Andre Lewis remain a freaky hallmark in the canon of Midwestern funk.

    1. Get Up
    2. Higher
    3. Feel Good To Ya
    4. Got To Be Something Here
    5. Dynamic Duo
    6. Mr. G
    The Lewis Connection
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  • Camino Del Sol Camino Del Sol Quick View

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    Camino Del Sol

    1982, Brussels: The former au pair for Rick Wakeman of Yes and two of her teenage friends are at the doorstep of Les Disques Du Crepuscule to make an album with Gilles Martin. They managed to make a contemporary bossanova record that provides the missing link between Antonio Carlos Jobim and Kraftwerk. AntenaÆs album would be issued and promptly forgotten, with Isabelle Antena moving toward jazz in Asia and the others returning to France. Twenty years later, it was findable only as a VG+LP. Intrigued by the striking coverÆs patio furniture at rest in the south of France, Numero Group scooped up Camino Del Sol immediately, giving it the distinction as the second record in their library.
    1. Camino del Sol
    2. To Climb the Cliff

    3. Silly Things
    4. Siss?xa
    5. Achilles
    6. Bye Bye Papaye
    7. No?lle ? Hawa?
    8. Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (la Chanson Des Jumelles)
    9. Spiral Staircase

    10. Unable
    11. The Boy from Ipanema
    12. Seaside Weekend

    13. Frantz
    14. Ingenuous
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  • Saved and Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label Saved and Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label Quick View

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    Saved and Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label

    The rawest, DIY gospel ever resurrected. The
    West Side of Chicago was just an annex of the
    deep rural South for Gene Autry Cash and
    his flock of recent Old Dominion transplants
    looking to cut their fiery, unadorned sounds
    indelibly to plastic. His Jade label absorbed
    those God-fearing artists: family bands with
    wailing kids and barely amateur groups sourced
    from local parishes, infused with reverberations
    of country and western and deep soul. Glinting
    authenticity shines from every track like a
    diamond in the unpolished rough-each group
    completely convinced that salvation comes
    through song.
    1. Didn't It Rain - Rev. Solomon King and the Glory Bound Singers
    2. Got To Make A Hundred - Harmony Four
    3. I Want To Be More Like Him - The Gospel Song Birds
    4. Soul Couldn't Be Contented - The Inspirational Souls
    5. Saved And Sanctified - Brother Hayes And The Farmer Singers
    6. My Shoes - Flying Eagle Gospel Singers
    7. Why Is The Blood Running Warm?- The Mighty Messiahs
    8. Never Alone - The Gospel Clouds
    9. I Love The Lord - The Mountavie Gospel Singers
    10. Satisfied Mind- Reverend Jennings
    11. God Won't Let You Down - Southern Faith Singers
    12. Family Prayer - Flying Eagle Gospel Singers
    13 . Wake Up Country - Sons of Christ
    Various Artists
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  • You Won't Believe It You Won't Believe It Quick View

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    You Won't Believe It

    Formed in the early '50s under the watchful eye of
    Tuskegee, Alabama, transplant Charles Chambliss, the
    Sensational Saints were handpicked from a Cleveland
    clothing store, a pool room, and from a group of friends
    singing from a third story window. After years spent
    rotating members and issuing stray singles for assorted
    non-denominational imprints, the group connected
    with the vocally inclined Reverend Melvin Kenniebrew at
    the close of the '60s, making good on their "Sensational"
    boast. "With God in their hearts and singing on their
    minds," the Sensational Saints mounted their crown
    jewel in 1973 with "You Won't Believe It" (Try It You'll
    Like Us). Pressed in conservative quantities by local
    gospel magnate James Bullard on his King James label,
    the group's lone long-player perfectly encapsulates the
    intersection of funk and gospel as only the religious
    conversion of a Bill Wither's tune can do.
    1. I Feel The Spirit
    2. Get Some Business About Yourself
    3. That's All I Need
    4. How Great Thou Art
    5. I'm Glad He Knows My Heart
    6. The Fool
    7. Don't Let Me Fall
    8. I Know The Lord
    9. Don't Take My Sunshine
    Sensational Saints
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  • Telling The Truth Telling The Truth Quick View

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    Telling The Truth

    Over the course of eight years, The Numero Group has journeyed to scads of tiny island nations in search of rare and previously unknown recordings. This time we kept it a little closer to home, unearthing a soul-folk curiosity on the one-stop light cay of Nantucket. By no means a thriving musical community in the 70s or otherwise, the limerick-inducing isle played home to Greenwich Village folk singer Willie Wright for a few years, producing his second and final album in the process.

    Born of Harlem doo-wop roots and refined by Boston's counterculture scene, Wright arrived in Nantucket in 1976 well worn by two decades of street corner and club performing, eager to make the easy money only a private yacht clientele could guarantee. Trapped on the island over winter, a set of original songs poured into his cover-heavy set. Tales of Wright's native roots, straight life, his abandoned four children, and the many women he had known flooded his loose leaf notebook before finally being set to tape in New York the following spring.

    Tracked with George Buzzy Bragg and Herry Jensen (of Skull Snaps and Jimmy Castor Bunch fame, respectively) in one day with minimal overdubs, Telling The Truth was, and would remain, Willie Wright's brightest and most inspired moment. Sold from the trunk of a car and from a handful of resort stages, the humble album disappeared into the collections and garages of Nantucket tourists, taking what was left of a near-30-year career along with it.

    Available for the first time since 1977, this expanded edition of Telling The Truth gathers Wright's lone 45 and only original composition from his first LP to tell the definitive Willie Wright story. The deluxe LP edition includes a replica 7 of his cover of Curtis Mayfield's Right On For The Darkness with his original Africa on the flip.

    1. Hello, Music People Of The World
    2. Nantucket Island
    3. Lady Of The Year
    4. I'm So Happy Now
    5. In The Beauty Of The Night
    6. Love Is Expensive
    7. Okay, Once Again
    8. Jackie's Song
    9. Son, Don't Let Life Pass You By
    10. Indian Reservation
    11. Dressing For The Occasion
    12. It's Only Life, That's All
    13. Right On For The Darkness
    14. Africa
    15. Lack Of Education
    Willie Wright
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  • Soul Message From Dimona Soul Message From Dimona Quick View

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    Soul Message From Dimona

    Following a path blazed in Belize and the Bahamas, The Numero Group finds yet another stop on the soul diaspora tour: Dimona, Israel. Between 1975-1981, a group of American ex-pats took their native sounds of Detroit and Chicago and intermingled them with the messages of the Black Hebrew culture. The results are a heavenly mix of spiritual soul and jazz with an undercurrent of gospel psychedelia. Featuring the Soul Messengers, the Spirit Of Israel, Sons Of The Kingdom, and the Tonistics, Soul Messages From Dimona is the only living document of a thriving community at both the center and fringe of the world.
    Various Artists
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  • Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul Quick View

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    Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul

    Fifty records later, The Numero Group returns to its
    eccentric roots, Ohio's Capitol City and the sonorous
    Shangri-La carved out by the indefatigable Bill Moss.
    Filling in, around, and on top of our original The
    Capsoul Label collection, Capitol City Soul is a trove
    of completely unissued and underissued treasures from
    Moss and company. A decade in the making, this is the
    set of soul discoveries that no one but The Numero
    Group could achieve. Features otherwise unreleased
    songs from the Kool Blues, the Four Mints, Jupiter's
    Release, and Love Maximum, alongside rare sides
    by Dean Francis & the Soul Rockers, the Chandlers,
    Associated Press, the Soul Partners, and the Vondors.
    From the vaults under the basements under the garages
    of one of the nation's most unsung music scenes.

    This double LP set is ensconced in a thick tip-on
    gatefold jacket splashed with a colorful spread of vivid
    archival imagery accumulated over a decade of research
    into the Columbus, Ohio culture. The liner notes
    serve as an in-depth history of Columbus soul music,
    linking The Capsoul Label with The Prix Label and
    Norman Whiteside's Wee project (recently sampled by
    Kanye West). A strong addition to the already
    epic Eccentric Soul series from The Numero Group.

    1. Chandlers - Your Love Keeps Drawing Me Closer
    2. Dean Francis & The Soul Rockers - Funky Disposition
    3. Soul Partners - Lose The One You Love
    4. Vondors - Look In The Mirror
    5. Four Mints - Hysteria
    6. La'Fez - This Is The Way That I Am

    7. Kool Blues - I Need You
    8. Four Mints - Crystal Rivers
    9. Chandlers - I Need Your Love
    10. Kool Blues - Since I Fell For You
    11. Four Mints - Endlessly
    12. Chandlers - Your Love Makes Me Lonely
    13. Dean Francis & The Soul Rockers - Tippin
    14. Jupiter's Release - Excuse Me Miss
    15. Kool Blues - Woe Is Me
    16. Love Maximum - Don't Say Goodbye
    17. Associated Press - When He's Gone
    18. Chandlers - I Loved You Girl
    19. Four Mints - No Longer
    20. Love Maximum - I've Been Trying
    Various Artists
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    The first-ever reissue of the private-press country-rock rarity by Colorado auto body painter, Marine,
    and garage band lifer Kenny Knight-he played in the original `60s Black Flag-Crossroads recalls
    a homebrew American Beauty-era Grateful Dead in its world-weary, low-key mood and indelible
    songwriting. Faded, anxious, melancholy, and beautifully woozy, this out-of-time document belies its
    1980 release date. Produced in collaboration with Numero Group, it features liner notes by writer
    and collector Michael Klausman and Kenny himself.
    1. Does He Hide
    2. One Down
    3. All My Memories
    4. Carry Me Down
    5. Jean
    6. To Be Free
    7. Baby's Back
    8. You Can Tell Me I'm Wrong
    9. Whiskey
    10. America
    Kenny Knight
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    Good God! Born Again Funk (Awaiting Repress)

    The Numero Groupes 2006 release Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal examined what seemed to be a conundrum: gospel singers performing pious gospel songs, and devoutly, but doing so amid hot, sweaty, earthy sounds drunk on the same moonshine downed by any blues singer thumbing his way up north from the Mississippi delta. If the central premise was to grapple with a ôfunkyö trend in gospel, forgive us for staring perhaps a bit too intently at the collision of sacred and profane we thought we saw on those LPs and 45s. This music was always sacred, and decidedly so.

    Four years later, Numero returns with not quite a New Testament, rather a re-examination of a weighty tome. Born Again Funk lends new ears to a joyful strain of American
    composers and performers unafraid of expressing their devotion with both inspiration and invention. They were faithful to a spirit, not to an ordained sound.

    Featuring: Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Youth For Christ Choir, Ada Richards, Gospel Comforters, Golden Echoes, Lucy ôSister Soulö Rodgers, Gospel Soul Revivals, Brother Samuel Cheatham, Victory Travelers, Jordan Travelers, Inspirational Gospel Singers, Sacred Four, Andrew Wartts & the Gospel Storytellers, Holy Disciples of Chicago, Ill.,Sensational Five Singing Sons, Little Chris & the Righteous Singers , Sensational Five, Chicago Travelers, James Austin & the St. Luke COGIC Youth Choir.

    1. Like A Ship (T.L. Barrett)
    2. I'm Drunk & I'm Real High (Ada Richards)
    3. Yes God Is Real (Gospel Echoes)
    4. Packing A Grip (Golden Echoes)
    5. Pray A Little Longer (Lucy Richards)
    6. If Jesus Came (The Gospel Soul Revivals)
    7. Troubles Of The World (Brother Samuel Cheatam)
    8. I Know I've Been Changed (Victory Travelers)
    9. God Will Answer (Jordan Travelers)
    10. Same Thing It Took (Inspirational Gospel Singers)
    11. Somebody's Watching You (The Sacred Four)
    12. Peter & John (Andrew Watts & The Gospel Sto)
    13. I Know Him (Holy Disciples)
    14. Share You Love With The Master (Sensational Five Singing Sons)
    15. I Thank You Lord (Little Chris & The Righteous 5)
    16. Coming On Strong Staying Along (Sensational Five Singers)
    17. Been Trying (Chicago Travelers)
    18. I'll Take Jesus For Mine (James Austin)
    Various Artists
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    The Final Solution Brotherman

    He was a pusher that became a preacher. A gangster pimp serving soup from the trunk of his Coup Deville. A mutant cross between Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. Everyman, our man on the street, Brotherman. Continuing a tradition that began with Sweet SweetbackÆs Baadasssss Song, and culminated with Shaft and Superfly, Brotherman was a blaxploitation film set to hit screens in 1975. Prior to the script being finished, the producers commissioned an original soundtrack to be performed by The Final Solution, a fledgling vocal group from ChicagoÆs west side. The ten-song album draws deeply from Curtis MayfieldÆs well, certainly, but the proof in the pudding is Carl WolfolkÆs unique guitar style, a combination of flamenco and funk that stabs around the four part harmonies.

    In classic Numero fashion, before even one foot of film was shot, the plug was pulled and the movie was cancelled. Dragged around for 30 years by songwriter and arranger Wolfolk, the tapes of his lifeÆs work have finally been mixed, and the soundtrack album has been augmented to include two orchestrated instrumentals intended for the film.

    1. Brotherman
    2. Never Coming Back Again
    3. I Don't Care
    4. Girl in My Life
    5. Gotta Get Through to You
    6. One Day
    7. I'm Ready for Love
    8. To See You Again
    9. We Can Work It Out
    10. Where There's a Will
    11. Theme from Brotherman
    12. No Place to Run
    Various Artists
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    Local Customs: Downriver Revival

    Between 1967 and 1981 DetroitÆs downriver neighbor Ecorse, Michigan had its very own Harry Smith. Set up in a basement on 18th Avenue, Felton Williams chronicled the musical lives of EcorseÆs citizens and issued them on the Solid Rock, Compose, and Revival labels. Compiled here are 24 of WilliamsÆ most fascinating recordings, covering gospel, group soul, garage-punk, northern, jazz, and funk.

    Also included is a DVD with over 200 sound recordings pulled from his archives and compiled into a digital tape vault. This allows you to dig deep into the endless hours of jam sessions, demos, sermons, rehearsals and studio outtakes. The DVD also has an engaging 30 minute documentary on the making of Downriver Revival and gives you further insight into Felton and the artists he recorded at Double-U-Sound.

    1. Shirley Ann Lee - There's A Light

    2. Gospel Supremes - Sinner Man

    3. Coleman Family - Peace On Earth

    4. Calvin Cooke - Walk With Me

    5. Shirley Ann Lee - I Shall Not Be Moved

    6. Revelations - Take Care Of us

    7. Bobby Cook & The Explosions - Untitled Jam

    8. Organics - Foot Stomping (Alternate)

    9. Combinations - While You Were Gone

    10. Apostles Of Music - Wade In The Water

    11. Deliverance Echoes - Heaven

    12. Bobby Cook & The Explosions - On The Way

    13. Shirley Ann Lee - How Can I Lose You

    14. Young Generation - Running Mod

    15. Burgess Band - Untitled

    16. Bobby Cook Quater - Ridin' High

    17. Mighty Voices Of wonder - Every Year Carries A Number

    18. Shirley Ann Lee - Please Accept My Prayer

    19. Calvin Cooke - What Happens To People

    20. Coleman Family - People Has It Hard

    21. Junior Mays Group - Round N' Round

    22. Pilgrim Wonders - He Never Failed

    23. Mighty Walker Brothers - He'll Make A Way

    24. Voices Of Deliverance - The Power Of God
    Various Artists
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    What A Beautiful Place

    Since arriving on London racks in the summer of 1970, Catherine HoweÆs debut album has been unavailable in its original format. Less than 20 LP copies survived Reflection RecordsÆ demise, and the album sat in the can until NumeroÆs 2007 CD issue. Produced by the legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott, this orchestral-folk master stroke has once again been set to lacquer, remastered and restored directly from the original master tapes specifically for this deluxe vinyl release. Gatefold package includes replica LP art and complete annotation on the sessions and history of this forgotten Brit-folk treasure.

    ôItÆs like some missing link between Sandy Denny and Karen Carpenter, or between Ladies of the Canyon and Dusty in Memphis . If you buy no other reissue this year, buy this.ö - Barney Hoskyns, Guardian UK

    1. Prologue
    2. Up North
    3. On a Misty Morning
    4. Nothing More Than Strangers
    5. My Child
    6. Interlude
    7. It's Not Likely
    8. Words Through a Locked Door
    9. What a Beautiful Place
    10. The Innocence of a Child
    11. It Comes With the Breezes
    12. Epilogue
    13. In the Hot Summer
    Catherine Howe
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    Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg

    Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg chronicles Phoenix, Arizona's off- Funky Broadway scene that happened while Dyke and his Blazers were setting national charts on fire in the late '60s/early '70s. Covering Tejano psych, flute funk, both horny soul and horny kid soul, cackling R&B, deep ballads, and fist-fight doowop, Lenaburg channeled that wrong side of the desert sound to a dozen 45s for the Mighty, Darlene, Homogenized Sound, Ramco and Out of Sight imprints.

    Although listing these totally obscure groups is an exercise in futility, Numero has anyway; Michael Liggins, the Super Souls, We The People, Ronnie Whitehead, Small Paul, the Soulsations, Lon Rogers, the Soul Blenders, Sheila Jack, Clarence Townes and the Newlyweds.

    Five years since Numero's initial CD release, Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg finally makes it back to its intended format as a deluxe double LP. This 180g Loaded To The Gills edition features 10 bonus tracks, scores of new photographs and new liner notes, all housed in a heavy gatefold jacket.

    1. Too Good To Be True - Lon Rogers & The Soul Blenders
    2. Standing On The Corner - Michael Liggins
    3. Loaded To The Gills - Michael Liggins & The Super Souls
    4. I've Got To Have You - Sheila Jack
    5. Black And Beautiful - Michael Liggins
    6. Out Of Breath - Ronnie Whitehead
    7. Broadway Shing-A-Ling Pt. 1 - Soulsations
    8. Function Underground - We The People
    9. Blending Soul - Soul Blenders
    10. My Girl Is A Soul Girl - Lon Rogers & Soul Blenders
    11. Loaded Back - Michael Liggins & The Super Souls
    12. People, Open Your Eyes And See - We The People
    13. Cold Feet - Ronnie Whitehead
    14. Funky Nightclub - Soulsations
    15. Begging You - Ronnie Whitehead
    16. There's Gonna Be Some Crying - Small Paul
    17. The Quarrel - Newlyweds
    Eccentric Soul
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    Who's Gonna Save The World (Awaiting Repress)

    Includes 7

    As much spiritual adherents of black sounds as they were of black Islam, Fathers Children was born in the dirt and grime of Washington, D.C., and incubated in local producer Robert Hosea Williams less-than-immaculate suburban beltway garage. Hailing from the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, in 1973 Nick Smith, Billy Sumler, and Ted Skeet Carpenter created a lost document of gritty soul, concerned with its own time and place, stripped of the L.A. gloss that permeated the the groups own 1979 debut for Mercury.

    Unreleased until now, Fathers Childrens true freshman offering is an amalgam of sunny vocal group harmonies, fuzz guitar solos, shimmering keys, bubbling percussion, spiritual prophecy, and dub experiments. Whos Gonna Save The World gets the full Numero treatment, with extensive notes and scores of unpublished photos. Deluxe LP edition includes the bonus 45, Linda Movement b/w Intellect.

    1. Everybody's Got A Problem

    2. Linda
    3. Dirt And Grime
    4. Who's Gonna Save The World
    5. Kohoutec
    6. Inshallah
    7. Father's Children
    8. Universal Train
    9. Linda Movement

    Tracklisting bonus 45 (with LP only)
    1. Linda Movement
    2. Intellect

    Father's Children
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    Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label

    Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners
    and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown,
    Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a
    rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles,
    and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly
    consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron
    giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers,
    gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
    were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint
    masterpieces for the Sensations, Volcanic Eruption, the
    Exceptional Three, and Bobby Wade, all beneath the
    mindful gaze of a wall-mounted shotgun. Reaching their
    peak in the late '60s, Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label
    gathers the brightest moments from the quirky operation's
    eleven year bid.

    The 3LP configuration boasts a double gatefold with
    beautiful photos and ephemera from the label's low-flying
    promotional department. For fans of group harmony,
    sweet soul, orchestral feats and lo-fi oddities, The Way Out
    Label is an excellent addition to our already popular and
    powerful Eccentric Soul series.

    1. The Occasions - There's No You
    2. The Sensations - Demanding Man
    3. Jesse Fisher - You're Not Loving A Beginner
    4. The Soul Notes - How Long Will It Last
    5. The Sensations - I Won't Be Hurt
    6. The Springers - Why
    7. Lou Ragland and the Bandmasters - Never Let Me Go
    8. The Springers - I Know My Baby Loves Me So
    9. Lou Ragland and the Bandmasters - Party At Lester's
    10. Verna & Rob - More Soul
    11. Betty & Angel - Honey Coated Loving
    12. Sammy Jones - She Didn't Know
    13. The Sensations - Two Can Make It
    14. Bobby Wade - I'm In Love With You
    15. Norman Scott - Ain't That A Heartache
    16. Soul Notes - Don't Make Me Beg
    17. The Sensations - Please Baby Please
    18. Bobby Wade - Can't You Hear Me Calling
    19. Jesse Fisher - Don't Cheat On Me
    20. Norman Scott - Baby Don't Go
    21. Volcanic Eruption - Red Robin
    22. Bobby Wade - Down Here On The Ground
    23. The Sensations - Oh Girl
    24. The Exceptional Three - Loving A Stranger
    25. The Exceptional Three - Unlucky Girl
    26. The Soul Notes - I Got Everything I Need
    27. Volcanic Eruption - I've Got Something Going For Me
    28. The Sensations - It's A New Day
    29. The Harmonics - Which Way
    30. The Harmonics - Harmonics On The Warpath
    31. The Sensations - Lonely World
    32. Fred Towles - Too Much Monkey Business
    33. Bobby Wade - Four Walls and A Window
    34. The Sensations - I Guess That's Life
    35. Sammy Jones - You've Got To Show Me
    36. The Exceptional Three - What About Me
    37. The Occasions - Baby Don't Go
    38. Verna and Rob - I'm In Love With You
    39. Jesse Fisher - Why
    40. The Soul Notes - I Can't Wait Until the Weekend
    Various Artists
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    This Is It

    Psychedelic music all began with the tiniest possible
    bang: a minuscule pressing of a self-produced LP by
    Zen Buddhist scholar Alan Watts. In one cosmic flash
    of inspiration and group improvisation, the next two
    decades of musical innovation was pre-supposed:
    psychedelic rock, spiritual jazz, and even new age. As
    this micro pressing barely made it out of the ashram,
    it was his writings that actually spread his ideas, usually
    through osmosis: he was profoundly influential on
    the beat poets and the subsequent counter-culture.
    He became the forebear of '60s counter-culture's
    spirituality, much as William Burroughs was the
    forebear of its hedonism.

    Released in 1962, This Is It is an imaginative cacophony
    of percussion, non-verbal chanting, and free-flowing
    expression, punctuated occasionally by leisurely passes
    at a terrestrial piano, marimba, or french horn. It is
    at once, experimental, intellectual, and experiential.
    Three years before Ken Kesey's inaugural Acid Test,
    This Is It! constitutes the first transmission for a tunedin
    counterculture of hippies, beats, and psychedelic
    revolutionaries of all stripes.

    1. Love You
    2. Onion Giant
    3. Gagaku-ku
    4. Fingernail Poem
    5. Umdagumsubudu
    6. Metamatic Ritual
    7. The End
    Alan Watts
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