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Eccentric Soul: The Shoestring Label

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Operating in a basement studio at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, pipeline man Howard Neal and his appropriately named Shoestring label was Alton, Illinois’ answer to a question no one asked. Pressed in minuscule numbers and barely outside the 62002 zip code, the singles by The James Family, Jimmie Green, Pete & Cheez, and Carletta Sue are prime examples of cosmic midwestern disco in search of a break. This heavy weight 10-song LP is housed in a tip-on sleeve, and includes an essay and imagery that complete the picture of this pure expression of small- town soul.


1. The James Family - We’ve Got It Made
2. Jimmie Green - Let Yourself Go
3. Pete & Cheez - You And Me
4. Howard Neal And Friends - A Broken Heart Will Mend
5. Howard Neal - Disco Fever
6. Jimmie Green - Dance
7. Pete & Cheez - So Smooth
8. Carletta Sue - You Keep Holding Back On Love
9. Jimmie Green - I Need You So
10. Howard Neal And Friends - You’re All The Woman I Need
11. The James Family - Radio Promo

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