Jan. 27, 2005

The Numero Group Paints Chicago By Numbers

By Randy J. Klodz

It’s not every day that an album is released that displays the heart and soul of an entire era, but that’s exactly what Chicago’s own Numero Group did with “Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label.”

According to the Numero Group official Web site, www.numerogroup.com, the label started in mid-2003 amid the decline of many of the major record labels. This decline is often blamed on Internet swapping, and a downright stagnant economy. Though much of that may have not changed, thing’s couldn’t be better for the Numero Group.

The idea behind the Numero group spanned from the collaboration of two record executives that were looking for a different way to get some publicity for underappreciated artists.

“All the records we really loved were getting no press, no play and subsequently no sales,” says the Numero Group official Web site. “It was probably no coincidence that these tracks were all 30 or 40 years old. Most of the albums being reissued today are shoddily packaged, historically inaccurate, and overall unsatisfying experiences.”

Take, for example, “Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label.” The packaging is colorful and inspiring, the liner notes tell a complete story rather than just giving song titles and ‘thank you’ shout-outs. The music will also help put a hop in many a step. Featured on this timeless album include R&B selections from such artists as the Majestic Arrows, Johnny Davis, the Arrows, Altyrone Deno Brown and Linda Balintine, and others.

The end product is 20 tracks with a total play time of nearly 70 minutes. Even the track total and run-time length far exceed most of what has been released the last few years. “Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label” is now available for purchase. For more information on “Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label” log on to www.numerogroup.com.
"Eccentric Soul" Photo: c/o The Numero Group