La factoría de Chicago Numero Group no había destapado hasta ahora la imagen que lucirá su ambicioso proyecto “Purple Snow”; después de la retrospectiva para Iasos, y de varias iniciativas paralelas (Gospel, Hardcore, metal), el que pasa por ser uno de los mejores sellos del mundo radiografiará la edad de oro del Minneapolis Sound con un box set de cuatro LPs titulado “Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound”.
“Rolling out ahead of 050 Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound are three Eccentric Soul 45s with era-appropriate picture sleeves. Those sleeves arrived today, and we thought it was worth sharing. From left to right: Led by Brooklyn transplant Pepe Willie, 94 East roped in some of the Twin Cities’ most promising players during the late ’70s, among them Prince, Andre Cymone, Bobby Z., Pierre Lewis, and Dale Alexander. Pictured in the center is Herman Jones, who first took the stage in the early ’60s with St. Paul’s the Exciters. In the transformative decades to follow, Jones adapted, integrating his beloved old school with the technologically advanced new Flyte Tyme encompasses dozens of Minnesota players, and was a worthy opponent during countless Battles of the Bands between the Family, Grand Central, and Cohesion”.
“At some 30,000 words, our 144-page hardbound book meticulously directs the listener through two hours of music, a decade dotted by adept producers, combos, and characters whose less celebrated groundwork put Minneapolis’ purple launchpad on the map. From Jimmy Jam’s extroverted Mind & Matter collective to Andre Cymone’s polish-free bedroom demos, Purple Snow gathers as the sprawling, nonfiction prequel to Purple Rain’s cultural takeover. In image-rich splendor, funk-informed hordes of unsung Twin Cities talent bask for a spotlit moment, out of that persistent violet shadow, to shine”.