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Los Nombres, Personal Space, Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production (DC Soul 1972-1977), Shirley Ann Lee, Lou Ragland, Love Apple and Codeine

Founded in 2003 as an archival record label by Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier, and Ken Shipley, Numero has evolved into a multi-format media company, devoted to dragging brilliant recordings, films, and photography out of unwarranted obscurity.We’re on a dirty, labor-intensive mission... and it’s urgent as all hell. Time kills off precious bits of passed-over sound, story, and ephemera every day, just as fast as we can haul this sprawling archive of under-heard recordings—along with the musicians, writers, and entrepreneurs who created them—out of exile.

Every Numero production–more than 60 titles in our diverse catalog of LPs, CDs, cassettes, 45s, 12"s, and DVDs—is a modest miracle of localised sound creation, shedding fresh light on the efforts of men and women who sang, played, recorded, and peddled—to shallow rewards, if any. Each track lives and breathes at the nexus of story and song, preserving human work and hope gone lost into freshly etched grooves. Every recording we unearth is painstakingly re-mastered and carefully researched, with obsessive attention to narrative and factual detail unmatched in the so-called reissue field. By self-imposed law, everything numbered by Numero is a stunning new artefact of image and word, tailored to the sounds it safeguards.

Our world-class vinyl sets the pace: Lavishly packaged 180-gram LPs from every Numero series have been joined by a 12” run and several limited-pressing singles. Our Asterisk imprint genre-hops to present undiscovered LPs in their entirety, while Numerophon, a vinyl-only imprint, has been tasked with the sort of sonic excavations formerly carried out by ageing academicians with Greek fisherman's caps and a jones for pipe tobacco. 

Why do they labour so? Somebody has to be the best archival record label in the world.
 
 
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Los Nombres 
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5th March 2012
 
 
One part War, two parts Santana, a dash of Motown, immersed in a rich Puerto Rican stock, the Nombres were the undisputed kings of Northern Ohio’s rust-belt barrios. Following successive explosions of brown-eyed and latin soul in Los Angeles and New York in the mid and late ‘60s, Lorain, Ohio’s Boricua underdogs went on a recording tear in nearby Cleveland, going all-in on a series of no-budget recordings at Boddie and Way Out. With a voice that rivaled any on the Fania roster, Willie Marquez led the rotating cast of Latino teens through numerous underfunded recording sessions for the Day-Wood, Beth, and Lorain Sounds imprints, the lo-fi fruits of which are compiled here.
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PERSONAL SPACE 
Electronic Soul 1974 -1984
RELEASE DATE:  9th April 2012
 
 
If the independently-pressed record made the galaxy of recorded music that much larger, the burgeoning home studio became the black hole from which little escaped. Flowering in the mid-to-late ‘70s, affordable high quality tape recorders, synthesisers, and sample drum machines permitted the aspiring artist to never leave his home, never request the assistance of another human being. In the world of American Black music, name artists such as Sly Stone, Timmy Thomas and Shuggie Otis had experimented with rudimentary electronic soul with a modicum of success, but on record what remains is scant. This collection presents the unheard underground of the self-produced, often solo, electronic soul world of the ‘70s and early 80’s, offering a view into an ocean of sound that is in turn peaceful, bizarre, funky and often humbly ahead of its time.
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Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green
Production DC Soul 1972-1977
30th April 2012
 
 
Shrine Records, founded by Berry Gordy’s ex-wife Raynoma and his ex-employee Eddie Singleton, was the District of Columbia’s own attempt to stare down the mighty Motown. But after the destruction of the label during the riots following Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, D.C. soul music never fully recovered. Raynoma and Eddie Singleton’s go-to outside engineer Robert Jose Williams wouldn’t be the only entrepreneur who picked up the torch, but it’s hard to argue that anyone produced better soul music inside the Beltway during the 1970s.
Red, Black, and Green Productions is the story of a well-connected engineer whose cabal of Beltway talent surreptitiously produced the finest soul music coming out of D.C. during the midsection of the 1970s. Its flag flown fully behind the scenes, the company name never graced an actual label. But 40 years on, inquiring minds would collect fine- print references to Red, Black, and Green from a scattering of regional releases on labels large and small, finally connecting the boldly coloured dots.
 
Eccentric Soul has made a mission of shining light upon the darkest corners of the 1960s and 1970s independent soul music explosion in the US. With Red, Black, and Green Productions, Numero’s flagship series delves past the record label veneer and dives into a deeper well of sound reverberating out of the political capital of the planet.
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Shirley Ann Lee
Songs Of Light
2nd April 2012
 
Despite her early years spent blazing the sanctified circuit alongside Candi Staton in the Jewell Gospel Trio, Shirley Ann Lee's solo work remains largely unknown. Collected here are Lee's most organic and orginal moments from her time spent recording downriver at Felton Williams' Double U Sound Studios in Escorse, Michigan.

Built on an unaired "Shirley Ann Lee Radio Hour" that was intended (but never used) to promote her music, this LP contains the six songs originally pressed onto 45's, of which there are scant remains, plus ten songs heretofore unheard. Lush studio recordings are blended flawlessly with spontaneous spirituals and sincere sketches. A single LP revival of an unheralded gospel giant that is sure to convert the non-believers.
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Lou Ragland
I Travel Alone
9th April 2012
 
 
 

O’Jays road manager, Don King prison chauffeur, window washer, house painter, Ink Spot, Domino, producer, engineer, label owner, guitorgan technician, and one-time steward of a coveted Jet Magazine delivery route, Lou Ragland is Cleveland’s Eastside success story. Though suffocated by Lake Erie’s nitrate rich waters and the burning oil from a Cuyahoga River fire, between 1967-1977 Lou Ragland produced the most thoughtful, hopeful, and downright soulful work to come out of the Forest City. Bookended by his dynamic albums Hot Chocolate and Understand Each Other, I Travel Alone gathers period singles, collaborations, and an unreleased live album cut in 1973, revealing a Cleveland genius in a musical microcosm of fearless and confident creation.
 
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Love Apple
Love Apple
9th April 2012
 
In the late ’70s, three do-right women from Cleveland forged a brief partnership with Ohio’s everything man, Lou Ragland. Unlike the prefabricated singing combos of the day, Lily Pearson, Annette Warren, and Avetta Henry swapped lead duties as situation demanded.
 
When a Ragland-centric publicity stunt preempted a concert appearance, Love Apple disintegrated, abandoning this rehearsal tape at Thomas Boddie’s cherished Eastside studio.
 
Never intended for release, Love Apple’s six song sketch is the perfect companion to NUM042 Lou Ragland: I Travel Alone and was, presumably, an undocumented chapter in Ragland’s recording career until it turned up in the Boddie Archives.
 
Devoid of bass, the sparse instrumentation accentuates each vocalist’s aptitude, showcasing some of Ragland’s finest songwriting and bringing his unique musical vision into sharper focus
 
Click HERE for a needle drop of some of the record’s most brilliant moments—the choice nugs, if you will.
 
There are three ladies singing their hearts out, Lou Ragland on guitar, and Tony Roberson on drums.
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Codeine
I See The Sun (6xLP / 3xCD box set)
Frigid Stars
Barely Real
The White Birch
21st May 2012
 
 
Seminal slowcore progenitors Sub Pop albums reissued individually as deluxe 2LP+CD or limited edition box set.
 
From 1990-1994, New York City’s Codeine were making somnambulant waves on a musical landscape reeling from Sub Pop’s better known exports. 1991’s Frigid Stars LP, 1992’s Barely Real, and 1994’s The White Birch received much critical praise upon release, but Codeine dissolved before any of that hype would carry Low, Bedhead, and the Red House Painters to international acclaim.
 
All three albums will be subjected to Numero’s notoriously elaborate packaging and detailed liner notes, including essays by Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman, Love Child’s Alan Licht, and the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd. The albums have been faithfully restored from the original masters, and are accompanied by a plethora of singles, demos, live recordings, and Peel sessions. Each album will be packaged as a double album with a CD of the same material. Additionally, an ultra deluxe box set of all three albums will be available in a limited edition of 1000 copies.
 
Complete liner notes and download of all three albums available upon request.
 
Codeine's original line up of Stephen Immerwahr, John Engle, and Chris Brokaw will be reuniting for a handful of dates in the US and Europe. The first of these dates will take place on the weekend of May 25-27 when All Tomorrow's Parties takes over the Alexandra Palace.
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