I've seen a lot of praise for this label and the compilation albums they've put out - any recommendations?
But the best is Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984, at least from what I've heard. So much good stuff on that label though, it's impossible to keep up.
But it's not on Número I don't think.
It's on Chocolate Industries (which is Numero distributed) and was compiled by Dante Carfagna and Rob Sevier who are both heavily involved with Numero (Rob Sevier is one of the guys who set the label up).
Totally great comp - if it had come out on Numero it would have been one of their best releases
Anyway you should get it, it's great.
But it doesn't surprise me. Personal Space certainly seems like the sort of thing Número would put out.
keep seeing all their comps but no idea where to start, they all seem pretty great
They release a really mixed bag of stuff, but specialise in compilations of obscure soul labels and rare self-released music from the 60s and 70s.
I would recommend:
016 Home Schooled
A wild compilation of soul singles made by bands of kids trying to capitalise on the success if the Jacksons in the 60s.
Two of the Wayfaring Strangers series of obscure folk:
018 Guitar Soli
Which is solo guitar stuff in a John Fahey kind of mode, and
008 Ladies of the Canyon
Which is self released stuff in a Joni Mitchell/Linda Perhacs style
And any of the Eccentric Soul series, each of which focuses on a different (pretty obscure) soul label mainly from the 60s and has an astonishing amount of great stuff you will have never have heard of.
One criticism of he label is pricing. The Minneapolis Soul album mentioned above (Purple Snow) is £30 for 2 CDs which is ridiculous. It is on Spotify though.
Número also do a subscription service if you like their stuff (again not cheap).
most of their stuff here in Canada is a lot cheaper than what other labels are charging. Got a 6LP Syl Johnson box set from them for $60 earlier this year, and most of their 2-3LP comps are in the $25 range which really isn't bad.
thanks for the recommendations, you're the 2nd or 3rd person I've heard recommend that home schooled comp, def need to get on it.
But in a very very good way
In terms of content and presentation there's only really Blood & Fire (RIP) and Analog Africa that can touch them as far as reissue labels go. Their releases are all beautifully presented and Wax Poetics level researched and (like Blood & Fire and Analog Africa) they are totally ethical about tracing the original artists and ensuring they are properly compensated for the use of their music.
As people have said already, the Eccentric Soul series is probably what the label is best known for. You can't really go wrong with any of these (it's amazing how much amazing music went basically completely unnoticed at the time).
My personal favorites are the Prix label (which includes this tune that was later used in the film Blue Valentine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8rumyup0Os), The Capsoul label (includes this absolutely perfect song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gIJwTCdKdA) and the Red Green & Black label.
They do reissues in other areas also (folk, funk, gospel, power pop and more recently post-hardcore) and the same top notch standards are applied to these too. Basically, if they put it out, it will be quality.
Appreciate the comments in relation to the price of some of their releases, but in fairness you aren't just paying for the music, even if that is the most important thing. Also, before the US Postal Services decided to triple international postage costs in 2013, buying directly from them wasn't really that expensive (approx £10 a CD - less if you bought a couple).
Their subscription series is awesome too cos they throw in all sorts of bonus stuff for subscribers.
[Just to confirm, I am not employed by the Numero Group...]
Light in the Attic are up there with them as far as reissue labels go. Everything I have by them is faultless.
Just got their Lee Hazlewood set for Xmas, it is beautiful and superbly documented and amazing.
Now Again is another absolutely ace one and Sublime Frequencies' Indonesian Beats series was (is?) absolutely top drawer as well. (Obviously got a bit hyperbolic above!)
Six or seven albums on vinyl and CD and a huge illustrated history for about fifty quid.
It's a good example of what Numero do - all but forgotten amazing music bundled together and presented in the most amazing way. The only downside is that sometimes their boxsets can feel like a bit of a slog to work through. I like the Titan set, but have struggled to get through absolutely everything that's in it.
And I would certainly buy that box set if I could find it for anything like £50. It's £100 on Amazon and although it's only $80 on the Número website it still adds up to about £100 if you add the postage.
Newcomers should get the two disc 'Complete Syl Johnson on Hi Records' for about £8.
but it must've been in a sale.
Good purchasing tip: Honest Jon's act as a UK distributor so tend to sell the stock cheaper than elsewhere. Case in point: Syl Johnson is £70 there rather than £100 on Amazon: http://www.honestjons.com/shop.php?pid=37637
Shame that Purple Snow is still £30 even at Honest Jons. Seems crazy that a two CD set is £30 and a 6LP and 4 CD set is £70.
as part of Purple Snow though - I imagine the cost of doing that is why it costs so much
is incredible. Sounds like a 60s Portishead in places...
I got this on RSD a few years back and its ace: http://www.discogs.com/Various-Local-Customs-Pressed-At-Boddie/release/2840142
esp. the Wicked Lester track :)