New LP - Various Artists - Eccentric Soul - The Dynamic Label - Numero takes a step back to the thing they do best - turning the spotlight on an underappreciated soul label with an amazing back catalog with their "Eccentric Soul" series! This time around it's the 'Dynamic Label' out of San Antonio, TX! We'll let Numero tell you all about it:
"Born out of the largesse created from Rene and Rene’s Hot 100 Tejano tornado “Angelito,” Dynamic Records was but one of half a dozen labels run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein. His flagship group, the Commands, took their AFB circuit-honed chops up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with “No Time For You,” paving the way for 20 other soulful singles over Dynamic’s impressive two and a half year run. Epstein’s open door policy led to a diverse cross section of the population converging inside his studio on General McMullan Drive, as whites, blacks, and Latinos were swapped in and out of groups as needed. That melting pot mentality is well represented by the Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse and the Tear Drops, Don and the Doves, Willie Cooper and the Webs, Bobby Blackmon and his Soul Express, and Doc and Sal. Compiled here are 21 (28 on the 2LP) of Dynamic’s most intriguing sides, representing the first layer of a treasure trove of San Antonio soul we’ll be unleashing over the coming year."
GREAT stuff, with cuts that remind us of some of the classic Chicago soul from labels like Curtom or Twinight (both of whom Numero is now very familiar with!) From more rockin' and sockin' stuff (The Commands, The Tonettes), to deep, DEEP soul cuts that have us diggin' out our Impressions or Miracles records. We hardly need to convince you of a comp like this - particularly when it comes from the hands of Numero - you KNOW it looks, good, sounds good and is expertly compiled and sequenced! We're gonna be bumpin' this one a lot at the shop - we can already tell! RECOMMENDED!