Published Nov 17, 2015After years of pressing up rarities for the masses, reissue hub Numero Group has revealed it is about to deliver something a bit more exclusive. Namely, it has unveiled plans to deliver finely curated releases through a new vinyl subscription service.
The Chicago imprint is starting the "Project 12" subscription series in early 2016. The members-only service is being touted as a "seasonal music club featuring 12 exceedingly rare or entirely unreleased LPs."
The project taps into three already established factions of Numero Group: the vintage R&B-flavoured Eccentric Soul, the dusty Wayfaring Strangers series and the rarities-loaded Private Mind Garden. A record from each branch will be issued each quarter, starting this January. Each entry will be limited to 1,000 copies and won't be available outside of the subscription service.
The first Eccentric Soul entry as part of "Project 12" is 94 East's The Cookhouse 5, which focuses on five tracks from Pepe Williams that feature guitar playing from a then 16-year-old Prince. The second side of the record features instrumental versions of the material.
For Wayfaring Strangers, it is issuing an LP from Circuit Rider called 2. The album was concocted by producer Thorn Oehrig, and it apparently offers up "dark hobo tales and rambling tunes, etched in alternately noisy, shambolic,and transcendent performances."
Also included in the first round of records is Jimmy Carter & the Dallas County Green's Summer Brings the Sunshine, a rustic collection of '70s-era, "farm-isolated" country rock.
Forthcoming titles will be announced throughout 2016.
A subscription to each branch of "Project 12" is currently going for $100 US, with all three are being bundled together for $250. You can find out more info here.