Chicago Label Numero Group Reissues Collection of '60s and '70s Soul from St. Louis

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(The Debonettes) Chicago's Numero Group is set to release a compilation called Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples on October 21. According to the label website:

Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples to be available on compact disc at record stores all over the world. The album brings together for the first time all of Allan Merry’s productions through East St. Louis’ South End Community Center on his Yodi and Merry imprints. The 28 page booklet details how Allan got kids to trade pool cues and guns for horns and drums via the Primes, Primettes, Debonairs, Debonettes, Third Flight, Dauphin Williams, LaVel Moore, Sharon Clark & the Product Of Time, DeDe Turner Happening, and Ames Harris Desert Water Bag Company. A mouthful, to say the least.

The label has all 21 tracks online for sampling -- although better yet, you can buy MP3s of the compilation right now by clicking here. Numero says that "LP lovers will have to wait until January." Still, it's worth the wait; the liner notes included with the compilation are a fascinating glimpse into a period of St. Louis music few know about.

Courtesy of the label, here are a few MP3s included on the collection.

MP3: The Debonettes, "Tears"

MP3: Bobby McNutt, "Country Loving, Country Style"

-- Annie Zaleski

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