Numero Group Unveil 'Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label,' 'Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & the Soul Generation'
Published Jan 16, 2013R&B-loving archivists the Numero Group have been documenting a number of U.S. soul scenes for the last decade via their esteemed Eccentric Soul series, and the next to get the royal treatment from the label is San Antonio, TX's Dynamic Label. The collection, appropriately titled Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label arrives on CD and double-LP March 19.
A press release from Numero notes that Dynamic was run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein, and the imprint issued over 20 singles during its two-and-a-half-year run in the mid-'60s. One of its biggest hits was the Commands' 1966 chart-making "No Time For You," which is preserved on the compendium. Other artists showcased on the set include the Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops, Don & the Doves, Willie Cooper & the Webs, Bobby Blackmon & his Soul Express, and Doc & Sal.
As with previous releases, the tracklisting differs between the CD and vinyl editions, with the former featuring a trim 21 songs and the wax platters containing an additional eight numbers.
Numero will further examine San Antonio's soul scene via a triple-LP overview of local act Mickey & the Soul Generation. On May 3, the label drops Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & the Soul Generation. The collection is named after the troupe's 1969 single "Iron Leg." The band played well into the '70s, wrapping up their career in 1977, and the 26-song set delivers material from throughout their career.
DJ Shadow had previously reissued some material from the group via his Cali-Tex label in 2004, but Numero has expanded on his initial project, also titled Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & the Soul Generation, by adding detailed liner notes, exclusive photos, the unreleased track "Listen (To the Cry of the People)" and some live tracks.
"Mickey and the Soul Generation are my favourite funk band," DJ Shadow wrote at the time. "They were strong contenders for the title from my very first listen back in '92. 'Iron Leg' being the standout track on an otherwise flaccid jazz-funk compilation of the day. Already a favourite rare-groove selection in the ever-accepting UK club scene, I too found myself buoying my bedroom DJ sets with snatches of the irresistible Soul Generation Sound. It became an instant priority of mine to locate an original."
You can check the tracklisting details for both Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label and Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & the Soul Generation over here.