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Escape From Synth City

Numero Group are about to embark on a series of records that focus on retro-futurist cuts from the 1980s. Albums like Escape From Synth City intend to showcase the (now charmingly naive) visions of the future that were cropping up all over the cultural landscape in that decade. This LP focuses on the synth-funk sounds of Tom Cameron, Chasman and other forward-thinkers.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM101LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Antena
Camino Del Sol


  • Vinyl LP (NUM802LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Pastor T.L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir
Like a Ship... (Without a Sail)


  • Vinyl LP (NUM1271)
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Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You

I swear this already got reissued and I wrote a bunch of words about it but whatever. This is an absolute classic of noise rock and it's from the architects of the genre, Unwound. After years spent hacking away on harsher arrangements and disquieting volumes, Unwound realised no one cared about their racket and started writing quieter, more sinewy material in which frontman Justin Trosper mumbled nihilist missives. One of the tracks on this one is called "Who Cares" and that about sums it up, except for that Leaves Turn Inside You is now considered an absolute classic and beloved all over. This is the missing link between The Dead C and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM1296LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Spontaneous Overthrow
All About Money

All About Money is one of those popular music curios that defies easy categorisation. The LP originally emerged from New Jersey in 1984 and is now being re-pressed by Numero Group. Its creators, a group called Spontaneous Overthrow, had never released anything before and never would again. Their sound is a funny mix of cocktail party grooves, home-baked disco and knowing soul singing. It’s an oddly hypnotic mix that will appeal to anyone who cottoned on to that Preacherman reissue that emerged on Luaka Bop a couple of months back.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM801LP)

The Scientists
The Scientists E.P.


  • Vinyl 7" (NUM715LP)

Various
Switched - On Eugene

The Eugene of this compilation’s title isn’t a specific person but a place: Eugene, Oregon, where the Eugene Electronic Music Collective gathered to hippily make sounds in the 80’s. Numero Group once again do a great job of sifting and creating, presenting sixteen selections from members of the group. Real intimate, DIY direct stuff, mined from obscurity.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM198LP)
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  • CD (NUM198CD)
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  • Numero Group

Various
Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground

Numero Group have gone crazy for the big-haired harmonious sisters of the '60s! Their latest extravaganza -- namely 'Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground' -- compiles 56 tracks (on double-CD, 28 on double vinyl) from various girl groups of the halcyon pop era; families, studio receptionists and all. Soaring vocals and raw pop power from: The Four J's, The Vandelettes, The Soulettes, The Para-Monts, plus many, many more!
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM75LP)
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  • CD (NUM75CD)

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Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label

There wasn’t much by way of a DIY record label culture in the 1960’s, but Tommy Falcone bucks that trend. Throughout the decade he ran Cleopatra, an imprint that was ahead of its time in both approach and style. Ignoring the narrow genre constraints of many contemporaneous labels, Cleopatra signed everything from garage rock bands to girl groups to crooners, and Falcone ran the whole operation himself out of a New Jersey basement. Now Numero Group have compiled twenty-five of Cleopatra's most essential releases on this Teen Expo compilation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM74LP)
  • CD (NUM74CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Scientists
Weird Love

Love a bit of scuzz down the ol’ Numero Group don’t they? Their latest bit of freaky-deaky rawk goodness is a reissue of an album by late Aussie group Scientists. The band have been largely inactive since the 1980s, and 1986's Weird Love was taped in their endgame. An LP comprised of re-recordings of early singles and EP cuts, the record has the pleasingly unhinged feel of a band trying to prevent itself from falling apart as it plays the hits. The Gun Club and The Cramps spring to mind.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM1288)

Happy Rhodes
Ectotrophia

Here's arty US pop singer Happy Rhodes. Ectotrophia is the first properly compiled anthology of her work. Her music blends classical influences, acoustic guitars, synths along with her remarkable and endearing four-octave range voice. It all came to life in upstate New York, away from the hustle and bustle, in the mid ‘80s when she was a mere teenager. Fans of Kate Bush may find much to like here. Double LP and CD on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM199LP)
  • CD (NUM199CD)

Lion
You’ve Got A Woman

You’ve Got A Woman by Lion was revived in early 2017 when Chicago indie band Whitney plucked it from obscurity and covered it. This version, the original, was released in 1975. Lion feature two major players in the world of ‘70s Dutch prog rock - Peter De Leeuwe, the drummer from Ekseption and Hans Van Hemert, who wrote and produced for Dutch ‘60s garage band Q65, among other less cool achievements. It’s pretty neat slice of funky cosmic weirdness that, to these ears, wouldn’t be out of place on a Flaming Lips album.
  • Vinyl 7" (ES63)
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Express Rising
Fixed Rope II

Express Rising, here expanded beyond Dante Carfagna into a trio, go deep into ambient territory with their instrumental music on Fixed Rope II. The instruments and melodies remain clearly distinguishable, but they are draped in reverb and mystery, perfect for those in-between moods. Fixed Rope II is released by Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (ER8016LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (ER8016CD)
  • Limited edition
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Various
Technicolour Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Others Exotic Delights

Numero, everyone's favourite musical archaeologists are back with Technicolour Paradise, a compilation that gives us a close look at the sheer weirdness of music meant to evoke paradise by and for people who likely couldn't make it there. If you ever wanted to know what a mid-20th century American thought other Americans wanted the rest of the world to sound like, now's your chance.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (NUM65LP)
  • CD (NUM65CD)

Various
W2NG 89.9fm

Soft rock klaxon! Thanks to Numero, we're hooked on this blue coloured vinyl, filled with easy glide, pontoon rock and seductive, whispery disco. Expect to hear rollicking gems from Gary Hyde, Marshall Titus and rare cuts from Larry Sanders, Orphans of Love and Lion. A killer listen for long, rainy days.
  • Vinyl LP (NBR9LPC2)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Hüsker Dü
Savage Young Dü

Something nice for fans of legendary post-punk racketeers Husker Du. 'Savage Young Du' is a journey through the young life of the band including early recordings, sessions and live performances as well as their classic early single 'Statues'/'Amusement'. All housed in deluxe set with book of photos and memorabilia. 
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (NUM200LP)
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  • CD box set (NUM200CD)

Unwound
New Plastic Ideas

New Plastic Ideas was the third album by Olympia, Washington’s post-hardcore noise-rockers Unwound. It was originally released in 1994 on the classic Kill Rock Stars label. The guitar-bass-drums soar with hair-raising speed and indefatigable pounding all served up at the odd angles that were de rigueur back in them there ‘90s. Reissue LP on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM1292LP)
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Laraaji
Vision Songs Vol. 1

Laraaji is best known for his blissfully ambient instrumental new age works. This reissue of an obscure cassette release from 1984 see him adding soulful vocals to his hammered dulcimer, keyboard and rhythm machine. At times it’s a little reminiscent of Alice Coltrane’s recently reissued ashram recordings, though with a somewhat more secular vibe. Gently joyful songs with a lovely lo-fi home production, balmy and chilled out to an extreme degree. Available on LP and CD.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM79LP)
  • CD (NUM79CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Various
Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares

Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares is a compilation of what happened when the 60’s drug dream started to turn dark and demented: rock bands started losing it maaaan, and the good vibes turned heavy. For the listener of course, that means all manner of weird and gnarly fuzz-psych trippiness, and Numero Group have done an excellent job of curating a fine obscure selection from the period. CD and double LP editions, with lovely informative liner notes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM68LP)
  • CD (NUM68CD)
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  • Limited edition
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Jackie Shane
Any Other Way

A pioneering figure who is thoroughly deserving of the retrospective interest in her career, Any Other Way is the first collection of Jackie Shane’s work approved by the artist herself. Though at the time her work barely got beyond the clubs of Toronto, Shane’s strong voice and stronger presence as a transgender woman in 1960’s North America has seen her influence spread far over the years. This LP brings together live recordings and her run of 45s, all of which demonstrate her unique command of soul, funk and r&b. Includes three previously unreleased tracks.
  • CD (NUM67CD)

Joanna Brouk
Hearing Music

Joanna Brouk gets not nearly enough attention for her work, which was frequently well ahead of the curve. Her 1970’s work pushed electronic minimalism into tuneful, atmospheric areas: there is a slight touch of the new age on Hearing Music, but these pieces remain remarkable. Double LP compiled from rare cassettes and previously unreleased works

Various
Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht

Numero Group really know their way around the strange underworld of America’s private press music, putting them in the perfect position to curate compilations like this one. Seafaring Strangers: Private Yacht is a selection of smooth soft-rock from the 1970’s: leisure rock from an array of near-unknown bands. CD and double LP editions available.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM72LP)
  • CD (NUM72CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Noise Addict
10,000 Kids With Guitars

Noise Addict is what happened when some Australian teenagers saw a Nirvana gig and decided to try and do it themselves. Wahey! They actually ended up making a decent impact with their noisy punk-pop, and Numero Group now present two LPs worth of their best cuts. 10,000 Kids With Guitars comes with a chalkboard cover, so they tell us.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM207LP)
  • Limited edition

Various
Los Alamos Grind!

Los Alamos Grind! is a compilation of the old-style rock’n’roll, put together with extra attention paid to lesser-known artists and sleazy-sounding tracks. This stuff just flies out of the stereo, inducing dirty boogies and cool retro-futuristic reveries. Bands like A.C. Jones & The Atomic Aces and Johnny K. Killens & The Dynamites provide the tunes. LP compilation on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (NBR6LP)
  • Limited edition

Unwound
Fake Train

By the end of their career Unwound were whispering their disgruntled musings over sinewy guitar lines into a bucket of lo-fi, but they initially skewered a far more hardcore sound, screaming and yelping their baby nihilism over crashing instruments and repeated noise bulletins. Fake Train proves it and Numero Group have reissued this piece of pissy brilliance for proof. If you didn't know by now: there are classics at either end of this band's discography.
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  • Numero Group

Various
Wayfaring Stangers: Ladies Of The Canyon

Numero Group present a thrilling collection of rare private press music from California-based female folk musicians circa the early 1970’s. Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies Of The Canyon captures the particular milieu of that time and place, via the strange and particular songwriting of these amazing lesser-known women. Vinyl compilation on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM8LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Various
Wayfaring Stanger’s: Ladies Of The Canyon

Numero Group present a thrilling collection of rare private press music from California-based female folk musicians circa the early 1970’s. Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies Of The Canyon captures the particular milieu of that time and place, via the strange and particular songwriting of these amazing lesser-known women. Vinyl compilation on Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

Syl Johnson
Do You Know What Soul Is?

Syl Johnson reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist, and it could well be true. His tight, sinewy R&B / soul music is packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. Do You Know What Soul Is? Is set up to ensure that whatever your answer before you listen, you’ll damn well know what soul is by the end of the record. LP on Numero Group.

Syl Johnson
My Gift

Syl Johnson reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist, and it could well be true. The tracks gathered here are packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. My Gift is a compilation of the R&B / soul man’s 45’ singles from his early days, with B-sides to boot. All remastered, of course. LP on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM321LP)

Syl Johnson
Complete Mythology

A full 81 songs from Syl Johnson, the soul singer who reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist. It could well be true: these tracks are packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. As well as the four CDs (and six LPs in the vinyl version of the box), an accompanying booklet offers photos, annotations to the songs, and an attempt to index all those sample-usages. Wow! Complete Mythology is released by Numero Group.

Various
Shanghai’d Soul

A big bundle of old soul tracks of the absolute highest quality, assembled by reissue maestros The Numero Group. Shangai’d Soul will delight everyone who loves them some soul, but the tracks have also been picked with their later use in mind: plenty of these productions have been mined for hip-hop samples over the years, see what you can spot!
  • Vinyl LP (NBR7LP)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Blonde Redhead
Masculin Feminin

Here’s an excellently in-depth archival release for Blonde Redhead, one of 90’s New York’s finest outfits. Masculin Feminin contains the band’s first two albums in full, plus all the surrounding extra material from the time (singles, radio sessions, demos etc.). Also, for a little perspective, two in-depth essays and lots of exclusive photographs. 2CD / 4LP sets on Numero Group.
  • CD (NUM205CD)

The Scientists
A Place Called Bad

Legendary Aussie punk band The Scientists sang about getting wasted, souped-up cars, dead-end jobs and paranoia. Their music melded dirty rock ‘n’ roll and punk through a throbbing bass, drum clatter and jagged guitars. A Place Called Bad gathers together their complete studio recordings, live and previously unreleased stuff on a four CD box set. The vinyl edition contains 23 essential tracks. Fans of the band include Thurston Moore, Warren Ellis and Jon Spencer, who claims that The Scientists made a man out of him.

The Young Senators
Jungle / That’s The Way It Is

‘Go-Go’ music isn’t particularly well-known or talked about by people who weren’t in Washington DC in the 70’s, and that’s a shame: it’s a particularly groovy and psychedelic kind of soul. The Young Senators were at the heart of the DC scene, and both Jungle and That’s The Way It Is will get you moving quick-sharp. First proper reissue in 45 years(!), on Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

The Young Senators
Ringing Bells (Sweet Music) Part 1

‘Go-Go’ music isn’t particularly well-known or talked about by people who weren’t in Washington DC in the 70’s, and that’s a shame: it’s a particularly groovy and psychedelic kind of soul. The Young Senators were at the heart of the DC scene, and the passionate glory of Ringing Bells (Sweet Music) is one of only 2 singles they ever put out. First proper reissue in 45 years(!), freshly remastered. On Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

The Scientists
Blood Red River

The Scientists were a heavy blast to the people of Australia, turning up in 1981 with two large sacks filled respectively with punk-rock attitude and bouncy tunefulness. 1983’s Blood Red River added a thick dose of swamp heat to the mix. With the drawling howls of the vocals and the slippery bass, this is one sinewy record. Reissued on The Numero Group.

The Scientists
The Scientists

The Scientists were a heavy blast to the people of Australia, turning up in 1981 with two large sacks filled respectively with punk-rock attitude and bouncy tunefulness. The Scientists (known by most as the Pink Album) was recorded as this line-up of the band was collapsing, for extra energy and friction.

White Zombie
It Came From N.Y.C

It Came From NYC is a compilation of White Zombie’s early LPs and EPs put together by Numero Group to try and perfectly document the band’s gnarled and unsightly, yet marvelous conception, arrival and growth from underground NYC noiseniks to glorious metal heroes. 39 tracks across 5 LPs of 3 CDs with an exhaustive 108 page book.

Various
Eccentric Soul: Sitting In The Park

Something between a relic, an art project and an inspiring album, Eccentric Soul: Sitting in the Park is a beautiful compilation of Chicago’s finest. Local radio DJ Bob Abrahamian spent his days collecting and playing 45”s. From his collection of 35,000 singles, Eccentric Soul has selected 12 (16 on CD) of the finest tracks to create a beautiful monument to the Chicago 70's music scene. Expect soothing, heart-warming beauty.
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  • Numero Group
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Blonde Redhead
Peel Sessions

Dream pop outfit Blonde Redhead grace John Peel with their lovely songs, which sound like shoegaze if it were getting the mud off on a welcome rug. The trio offer up just two cuts for this 7", the quite nice "Where Is John?" (named after, you know, the eponymous radio guy they were waiting for), and b-side "Missile". Nice!
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Various
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music looks at the extremely commercially successful genre of 70’s US country-rock through a less familiar prism: private press labels. So less familiar artists like Plain Jane and The Black Canyon Gang get their chance to showcase their style. CD / double LP compilation on Numero Group.
  • CD (NUM58CD)

The Shades
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Original old-time Christmas music from The Shades, performing the legendary Santa Claus Is Coming To Town in 1966. Warms the cockles of your heart doesn’t it? This reissued 7” single also contains their original tune ‘Prancer’s Got Some Red Spots’. Originally out on the small Fujimo Records, the reissue is courtesy of Numero Group. Merry Christmas!
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  • Numero Group

Medusa
Temptress / Strangulation

Medusa were a proto-metal band from Chicago. Their album First Step Beyond is a long lost artifact from the mid-70s. The versions of Temptress and Strangulation presented on this limited edition 7” are alternate versions of album tracks and were recorded at Pepperhead Studios just outside Chicago. Here the hinges were unscrewed a little further and the studio’s 8-track recorder was tested to the limit. For fans of Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Fuzz.

Various
Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack: Entertainment

Entertainment is a blacker-than-black comedy centred around comedian Gregg Turkington’s character Neil Hamburger. The film tracks Hamburger who is down-on-his-luck playing dives as he searches for his long-lost daughter. The soundtrack is made up of songs plucked from Turkington’s secret record collection. There’s also a bizarre version of Away in a Manger by film co-star John C. Reilly.
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  • Numero Group

Mind & Matter
I’m Under Your Spell

Recorded in 1977 I’m Under Your Spell is a fine example of the soulful style and compositional cool of Minneapolis nine piece Mind & Matter. Written by then teenage percussionist/pianist Jimmy ‘Jam’ Harris it showcases a key moment in the young songwriter’s career. Out on vinyl 7” from Numero Group.

The Edge Of Daybreak
Eyes Of Love

Eyes Of Love is a rare proposition: it was recorded by four incarcerated artists, imprisoned in Virginia, USA in the 70’s. But this is not prison blues: instead, The Edge Of Daybreak sounds like it could have poured forth from un-impinged freedom, such is the bright beauty that is played here. Reissue on Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (NUM61LP)

Various
Ork Records: New York, New York

Ork Records: New York New York is a compilation that could well change people’s perceptions about the origin of punk. Terry Ork, a movie obsessive and fan of Andy Warhol’s Factory owned a movie memorabilia shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He set up Ork Records along with Charles Ball which gave rise, not only to punk, but the New York’s whole indie scene. Features music from punks such as Television, Blondie and Richard Hell, alongside power-pop and college rock heroes Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple. Vinyl 4 LP Box comes with 120 page booklet, 2 CD set comes with 184 page booklet.
  • CD (NUM60CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Unwound
Empire

Another essential box from The Numero Group here, rounding off their Unwound series. Empire gives you the final two albums Challenge For A Civilised Society and Leaves Turn Inside You, the band's most crushing nihilistic documents -- both use sinewy guitar and a hands-off vocal approach that admits nobody's listening anymore. Comes with rarities and unreleased recordings and a 15,000 word essay. That smorgasbord is spread over four whole vinyl LPs, packaged in a serious sleeve.

Elyse Weinberg
Greasepaint Smile

Elyse Weinberg recorded Greasepaint in 1969, but it was never released at the time. What a crying shame, as her voice, deeply rooted in the American country, is on particularly fine form here. Fellow performers include Neil Young and Nils Lofgren, my my. Available at last as a 180g LP (or CD), on the Numero Group label.

Trevor Dandy
Is There Any Love?

Apparently Is There Any Love? was meant to be distributed to Trevor Dandy’s fellow churchgoers but he failed to sell his target of 2000 so chucked the remaining singles in the bin. That’s the story required to make this a very in demand tune. Add the fact that the hip hop community has sampled it and you’ve got a slow soul groove that’s a must have. It’s a great, understated groove with hints of Roy Ayers. 7” vinyl with one track, B side to allow DJs to scuff and scratch away.

Express Rising
Fixed Rope

Express Rising are a trio made up from Kevin Blagg, William Suran and Dante Carfagna. Fixed Rope is an album of ambient pieces all recorded in one take. The spontaneous exercise took place in rural Arkansas and fragments of the state’s musical heritage such as banjo and pedal steel sounds made their way on to the recording along with delicate sheets of synth and guitar.
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Syl Johnson
Complete Twilight Records 45's

Syl Johnson is possibly one of the best regarded, yet widely unheard of soul singers around. Never getting the attention of the likes of Curtis Mayfield or Al Green this is the perfect introduction for the uninitiated. This collection gathers both sides of his fifteen 45's of Chicago soul recorded over four years on the Twinight records label. From the heavily sampled “Different Strokes” to the plaintive “Is It Because I'm Black” this is an essential double LP delight from the always excellent Numero Group.

Perk Badger
Do Your Stuff

Originally released as part of a small run of sides for his own Hit Sound (and Hit Bound) and the local Miami Wax-Wel labels in the late 60s and early 70s, lo fi anthem ‘Do Your Stuff’ was reworked with the help of Arnold Albury’s The Rising Suns to produce this raw, bass heavy, hard hitting funk 7’’.

Brown Bombers & Soul Partners
Wait For Me


Royal Jesters
English Oldies

Royal Jesters were a group of 1960’s Texan-Mexicans who brought joy to the teenage populace in their locality. Their blend of doo-wop and R&B sizzles with the feeling of groovy fun, and with English Oldies containing a full 28 tracks, there is plenty to enjoy here. Released on The Numero Group.
  • CD (NUM62CD)
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Various
Saved & Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label

A disc of genuine über-authentic gospel here: The Numero Group have been rooting through the archives of The Jade Label for the direct, spiritually-inspired communions-in-song that that label specialised in. Saved And Sanctified presents thirteen cuts of this holy music, and it certainly has an impact, believer or no.

Boscoe
Boscoe

Another superb reissue from The Numero Group. Funky, sassy and packed with intensity, Boscoe’s self titled 1973 album is dripping with outsider soul. Drowned out at the time by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Art Ensemble of Chicago, Boscoe fully deserve a renewed airing. Out on vinyl LP from The Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

White Eyes
White Eyes

White Eyes were a bunch of beatnik longhairs from Missouri. They peddled psych-drenched rock, garnished with glorious harmonies. The five-piece travelled across North America with their gear jammed into a 1953 Cadillac hearse touring like crazy whilst they perfected their live set. This self-titled LP was recorded during Late '69 and early '70 and intended as a promo only. The band never got the break they deserved. Luckily, for fans of psychedelia, you can now buy it!

Bedhead
Live In Chicago

American 'slow-core' greats captured live in concert by Shellac's Bob Weston back in the heady days of 1998. The main performance comes from an appearance at Chicago's legendary Empty Bottle with further tracks from San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill on the download coupon. Limited to 1000 copies, these previously unreleased sessions are a must for fans of late '90's mumblers.
  • Label(s):
  • Numero Group

Various
Music From The Mountain Provinces

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 here to fore 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’sdeath. After the tragic event of last winter’s disastrous and deadly Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda), these documents are even more priceless. “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

Various
Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party

This 100 minute video mix-tape is a documentary/concert film of The Chicago Party, a 23 night, multimedia dance part assault on Chicagoland UHF in 1982. Featuring giant plasma screen visual riffery, eyeballs in spandex, magicians, contortionists and lip synching local disco casualties, ‘Ultra-High Frequencies’ is an all-out, odd-ball party in a box.

The Notations
Still Here: 1967-1973

Hailing from Chicago, The Notations found themselves in the messy collide of musical genres during the late sixties and early seventies but they forged a solid mix of R&B ballads backed by strings and trumpets, and some killer soul tunes, brought together on Still Here: 1967 - 1973. Lovely, golden stuff.

Alan Watts
This Is It!

If nirvana is becoming one with infinity, then how can it be reissued? Don’t ask for metaphysical explanations - ask how fast we can get it to you (hint: release is planned for February 16). Alan Watts’ influential and almost terrifying 1962 record was the starting shot for the psychedelic music that influenced our (parents') lives for decades to come.

Universal Togetherness Band
Universal Togetherness Band

Universal Togetherness Band are the interesting consequence of a number of fresh-faced  university students being given access to state-of-the-art studio facilities as part the audio-engineering program at Columbia University circa the turn of the 80s. All manner of esoteric genres delved into and combined into new forms.

Bedhead
Whatfunlifewas

Slowcore heroes and sleepy guitar virtuosos Bedhead originally released 'WhatFunLifeWas' in 1994 -- if more people had actually listened to it, it would be considered a master-class in both playing and recording guitars, but it toiled in relative obscurity, known to only a select few as a revered classic. Now, it's getting a reissue by the Numero Group.
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  • Numero Group

Jordan De La Sierra
Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose

A new age lettuce salad from Jordan De La Sierra. Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose is being repressed having been out of print for quite a while. His astral piano gently weaves in and out of themes and rhythmic concepts. It's recording quality and production aesthetic sound like Lyle Mays doing a minimalist soundtrack for an 80's dystopian anime. Out on vinyl double LP and CD from The Numero Group.

Nikki Sudden
Dark Rags at Dawn

Dark Rags at Dawn is a definitive, career-spanning 7 LP box set compiling the solo LPs from Swell Maps founder Nikki Sudden. Material here includes his revered masterpiece Texas and Dead Men Tell No Tales as well as other landmark LPs Waiting On Egypt, The Bible Belt, the Dave Kusworth-era LPs Jacobites and Robespierre’s Velvet Basement alongside Sudden’s Rowland S. Howard collaboration Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc. Each LP draws on Sudden’s propensity for injecting punk in the rock ‘n’ roll of the Rolling Stones and T. Rex. The results are raw and inspired; this is essential listening.
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Bedhead
Bedheaded

Bedhead's soft, sombre indie rock dabbled with time signatures and sounded like it was being recorded around a listening party of The Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning". Their second record, 'Bedheaded', was originally released in 1996, recorded dead quiet so that frontman Matt Kadane didn't disturb the neighbours. Nice one, Matt.
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Bedhead
Transaction De Novo

Minimal mumblers and guitar champions Bedhead get to present the world their slowcore jams once more, like phD students with a glowing thesis. The Texans released their third record, 'Transaction de Novo', in 1998, another prime example of their decaying and quietly stunning indie rock precision. 
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Bedhead
1992-1998

For the slowcore completists among you, the Numero Group have compiled every dejected Bedhead mumble and guitar gesture into one CD boxset, under the not-so-inventive but apt title '1992-1998'. This is essential for fans of minimal, understated indie rock with guitars that swim in the mud the way Unwound and Slint did.
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Bulbous Creation
You Won't Remember Dying

The description "hard rock" makes Paul Parkinson's band Bulbous Creation sound jagged around the edges and full of fury, but 'You Won't Remember Dying' is actually a smooth, good-times collection of psych rock that doesn't rock the boat and floats by with ease. 'You Won't Remember Dying' was originally recorded in around 1971, and has travelled a long way to finally be heard in full.

Various
Local Customs: Cavern Sound

Cavern Sounds was a subterranean recording studio in the Pixley limestone mine of Independence, Missouri, and operated between the years of 1967 and '73 (check out the trailer video for a clearer idea of what it was like), with various long-forgotten unknowns passing through its doors and cutting some explosive garage pop and rock'n'roll. Artists like Jaded, The Reactions, Mulligan, The Burlington Express...no, I've not heard of them either but the kind people at the Numero Group have trawled through the archives and found the 24 most exciting cuts to emerge from this mysterious studio.

Montgomery Express
The Montgomery Movement

A little-known funk group comprised of two blind artists and their backing band, Montgomery Express went under the radar the first time their record, 'The Montgomery Movement', came out, way back in 1972. It's now being reissued by the Numero Group, showing off the band's knack for slowly infectious grooves, hot sax and loosely improvised keyboard solos. 'The Montgomery Movement' is calm, collected and packs the funk. 
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Sensational Saints
You Won't Believe It

The quite spectacularly named Sensational Saints were a devotional group brought together in the 50s, singing tunes about their faith and religious fortune. Numero Group is now releasing 'You Won't Believe It', their own full-length record after a number of modest hits, which connects together gospel and faith music with something a little bit funky. It's the band name that sticks out, though.

Unwound
No Energy

In the totally worthy movement to canonise noise rockers Unwound, two boxsets have been made compiling their records with unreleased material, essays and loving information on the underground band everyone nearly forgot about. 'No Energy' is the third in this series, and it brings together their mid 90s era in one bundle: both 'The Future of What' and 'Repetition' are here for listening, along with live tracks and some lovely pictures.
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Fern Jones
The Glory Road

Gospel vocalist Fern Jones was at the forefront of all her recordings, her overpoweringly loud voice backed by additional vocals so subtle you barely heard them, and additional instrumentals that fall even quieter in the mix. Jones' sang religious tunes devoted to her faith and to Jesus, including a rendition of her very own "I Was There When It Happened". Now, 'The Glory Road' is being made available by the Numero Group, featuring a wide variety of country rock players who helped out the big players (such as Hank Williams and Willie Nelson). 
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Dinosaur Jr
Visitors

This is a nice box set contains Dinosaur Jr's first four singles plus a bonus one pairing Frampton's "Show Me The Way" with a cover of the Byrds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better". It includes a bunch of unused artwork from the period.  Originally out for Record Store Day, this is a 'warehouse find' apparently, not that labels would ever contemplate re-pressing swiftly sold out RSD items 
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Various
Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label

Some uplifting grooves on Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label. This assortment of artists and tunes are from the vaults of the Ohio label. Full of classic big soul vocals and tight R&B arrangements, these tracks will take you back to one of the greatest eras in popular music. Out on triple vinyl LP and CD and compiled and release by The Numero Group.

Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites
Dead Men Tell No Tales

In founding Swell Maps, the post-punk prefacing Birmingham art-snots, Nikki Sudden and his drumming brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the dawn of the ’80s, Nikki Sudden plowed through another decade’s worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex—along sideg uitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named cohort of British sidemen—Nikki Sudden cut a string of raw, inspired rock ‘n’ roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.
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  • Numero Group

Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard
Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc

Nikki Sudden’s collaboration with former Birthday Party guitarist Rowland S. Howard peaked with Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc, the duo’s 1987 first and only full length. Howard’s sinister guitar flourishes and malevolent lyrical motifs lead Sudden’s paisley-clad disposition into murkier waters, drudging the same sludge inhabited by The Gun Club and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. Drawing on his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex—along side guitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named cohort of British sidemen—Nikki Sudden cut a string of raw, inspired rock ‘n’ roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.
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  • Numero Group

Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites
Texas

In founding Swell Maps, the post-punk prefacing Birmingham art-snots, Nikki Sudden and his drumming brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the dawn of the ’80s, Nikki Sudden ploughed through another decade’s worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex—alongside guitarist Dave Kusworth (Jacobites), plus a cheekily named cohort of British sideme, Nikki Sudden cut a string of raw, inspired rock ‘n’ roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.
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  • Numero Group

Various
Eccentric Soul: Capitol City Soul

Brushing off the dust from your dancing shoes with Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul. This compilation has been lovingly put together by the R&B heads at The Numero Group. Full of unheard and under exposed rarities and gems from the midwestern state's Capital City records. Full of excellent soul cuts from the golden days. Out on vinyl double LP and CD from The Numero Group.

Josefus
Dead Man

Dead Man sounds like an amazing 1970 blues album drenched in early psychedelics, which is exactly what it is. Josefus singing through each other, while guitars drop solid riffs with that insanely sexy rebelliousness. Time to bury your face in acid and stand in a field - guitar solos to rip your face off included.
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