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South Side Story Vol. 23


    For the lowriders, the souleros, or just anyone with a still-working CD player in their hooptie and a penchant for driving with even a slight gangster lean. Numero pays tribute to the aftermarket sounds of “sweet” soul music still emanating from the West coast, or East Side, depending on your perspective. Inspired by, and paying tribute to the countless cruising compilations, legitimate and (mostly) otherwise, that provide the soundtrack for lowrider and soulero culture, South Side Story is the latest in the Numbero line of takes its aesthetics from the timeless East Side Story series, and its music from Chicago soul groups (mostly, of course, from our mythic South Side). Included here are songs that are completely unreleased, others that are never before issued other than in minuscule pressings on 45, and a few chrome-coated classics, already seen on scads of flash-in-the-pan boots. The Numero Group’s crack team of researchers cut loose on the city of Chicago to assemble the perfect lowriding companion, and the results are unparalleled. From high school rivals The Si-Berians and The Intentions, who both feature their sole recordings here, to unheard material from the original Calvin Harris, to the elite Latino ensemble known as The Mystics, to the missing link in “sweet-as-sugar” Renaldo Domino’s lonely post-Twinight recording, this dazzling collection slices out a delectable cross-section of the city’s sweetest sounds. 13 perfect “souldies” as they are occasionally called, allowing you to throw away any of your many volumes of Gangster Soul Harmony, Lost Soul Oldies, East Side Story, Hood Dreams, Shady Side of Town (or any of the thousands of other similar iterations)


    1. The Si-Berians - This Is The Ending Of Our Love
    2. The Mystics - That’s The Kind Of Love
    3. Renaldo Domino - I’ll Get You Back
    4. The Notations - I’m Still Here
    5. Harlem Meat Company - I’m Not Gonna Be Anybody’s Fool
    6. Calvin Harris - It Ain’t Fair
    7. The Notations - I Don’t Wanna Be Late
    8. Brand New Faces - I Don’t Wanna Cry
    9. The New Day - Wait A Minute
    10. The Final Solution - Gotta Get Through To You (CD Only Bonus Track)
    11. Young Souls - Puppet On A String
    12. Donnell Pitmann - You Hurt Me
    13. The Intentions - Blowing With The Wind

    Inspired by the infinitely numbered harmonies transmitted by Vista, a benevolent being from a distant dimension, Iasos broke ground for a new age of electronic sound manipulation. His was pioneering work - done from a bohemian boat-slip home office - on some of the first commercially available synthesizers and, on stage, into the kaleidoscopic heart of psychedelic-era concert visuals.

    As life-affirming and attuned to spirit as Iasos' soul portraits were, prestigious psychology departments heard in them the tones humans hear at the precipice between life and death. Before ambient and New Age were so named and codified, the "Paradise Music" of Iasos (represented here by 13 selections transmitted between 1975 and 1985) brought Earth - transcriptions of a vast and galactic soundhealing to a planet much in need.


    1. I Passion You A Leap Of Love-Flame
    2. Rainbow Canyon
    3. The Angels Of Comfort
    4. Blue Fire Realms
    5. Siren Shallows
    6. Crystal Petals
    7. Procession On The Horizon
    8. The Royal Court Of Goddess Vesta
    9. The Winds Of Olympus
    10. The Descent Of Spring
    11. Cloud Prayer
    12. Spring Temple Forest
    13. Crystal*White*Fire*Light

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