Sunday, January 8, 2012
Numero Records Releases More Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels
Numero Records are easily the coolest reissue label in the world. Rooting around the basements and recording studios like the cast of American Pickers these guys fine music that's important but forgotten about. Through research and painstaking restoration the label brings to light and to the forefront these lost classics for everyone to enjoy. Their latest release in their Eccentric Soul series is the Nickel and Penny Labels.
Composed of twenty four tracks, Nickel and Penny Labels represents a lot of work, a lot of music, and a lot of fantastic soul music that very few people outside of Chicago ever got to hear. Nickel and Penny Labels is downright amazing and is packed to the gills with Northern Soul sounds, classic soul grooves, and enough melodies to last a lifetime. From girl groups to crooners it's all her and it's sparkly, restored and sounds brand new.
Founded by Richard Pegue, the Nickel and Penny Labels featured here are twin sides of the same eccentric coin, Pegue himself. He was the writer, arranger, and producer of so many potential classics it's nearly impossible to keep track of. The problem with Pegue's work is that all the records went out of print weeks after being released. Such is the life of the small independent label in the 60's and 70's but that's where Numero comes in. Preserving Pegue's legacy as a true talent who could do it all; from writing a soul hit to corny jingles.
From the girl groups harmonies of Voices' "Fall In Love Again," to the floor filling potential Wigan Pier classic, "You Are My Sunshine," by Jerry Townes Nickel and Penny Labels truly has it all. Nickel and Penny Labels is soul music and classic soul music at that. If you love the Motown Sound and Stax Records you owe it to yourself to listen to these brilliant tunes. This is the sound of Chicago Soul and it's bloody brilliant.