Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound

NUM 050
11th November 2013

In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis made a Sound quite different than what the pop world foresaw. It issued forth as a slick, black, technologically advanced fusion, poised to storm the charts. Never known for sizable African-American populations, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in fact harboured a tight-knit community of musicians working feverishly through the late ’70s and early ’80s toward a radical manipulation of American dance music, coating futuristic funk with the glamorous sheen of guitar rock. Synthetic ebony and ivory met electricity, with sexed-up results sent shockingly across the pop heavens like violet lightning.
On 4 LPs or 2 CDs, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound - the Numero Group’s breathlessly anticipated 50th mainline release—chronicles the scene’s first steps, false starts, and follow-throughs, sourcing the life’s work of known quantities and shadowy figures alike.
In the beginning, there was Purple Haze, whose billing as Haze on two obscure albums left the colour purple to their city’s incipient sound. Pepé Willie’s 94 East project gave local prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson an early chance to row along with the crew. From there, the story courses past Jimmy Jam Harris’ extroverted Philly throwback Mind & Matter collective, to Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme, flamboyant precursor to Morris Day’s The Time. Unearthing basement demos by Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone, plus deep cuts from legend-about-town Alexander O’NealNumero 050 gathers relentlessly as the sprawling, nonfiction prequel to Purple Rain’s cultural takeover.
Surpassing 30,000 words, our hardbound, full-colour book companion to Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound is a gorgeous, exhaustively detailed, and insight-rich guided tour across two hours of music and a decade of North Star history. Inside, dozens of supporting characters and combos seed clouds for the meteoric rise of a genre formerly known mostly as Prince’s—not to mention unheard product from his top collaborators and fiercest competitors. In game-changing sound and image-rich splendor, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound clears a crowded stage, ushering in unsung Twin Cities future-funk talent, to bask for a spotlit moment, out of that persistent violet shadow, and to shine.
Side A
If You See Me  94 East
Taste Of Love Aura
I Love You  Herman Jones
Oh Lover  Orville Shannon
Side  B
I'm Under Your Spell  Mind & Matter
Waiting For The Moment  Haze
Get It On  Prophets Of Peace
Expense  Cohesion
Sunshine Lady Mind & Matter
Side C
Higher  The Lewis Connection
It's The Things That You Do Flyte Tyme
Ladie  Herman Jones
You're All I Need Michael A. Dixon and J.O.Y.
Side D
Music, Love & Funk Stone Lover
Cohesion Cohesion 
I Do Love My Lady Haze
Got To Be Something Here  The Lewis Connection
Side E
I Have Love at Home  Walter Lewis &
the Blue Stars
I've Got You On My Mind  Flyte Tyme
Can You Deal With It  Quiet Storm
Quick  Steven
Side F
 If You Love Me The Stylle Band
I've Got My Eyes On You The Girls
Should I Or Should I Not? Sue Ann Carwell
Do You Dare Alexander O'Neal
Side G
Contagious Ronnie Robbins
 Borrowed Time  Alexander O'Neal
One Life To Live Orville Shannon
Somebody Said  André Cymone
Side H
Do It Baby Do It  Walter Lewis &
the Blue Stars
Together  Rockie Robbins
No One Else Mind & Matter
Can Do It To Me Baby 
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