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Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIMVarious Artists

Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Numero Group

Dec 05, 2013 Various Artists Bookmark and Share

Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound looks back to a forgotten generation of Minnesotan musicians1970s purveyors of R&B, soul, and funkwho fuelled the trajectory, filled the ears and paved the way for a youthful Prince Nelson Rogers.

Marking the 50th release from The Numero Groupaccompanied by a lavish, monolithic coffee table book and a hefty price tagthis is an immersive, two-hour snapshot of a forgotten age. Unearthing 32 songs from a wide range of artists, some of whom would go on to great successincluding future super-producers Jam & Lewis and funk legend Alexander O’Nealwhile others such as Michael A. Dixon & J.O.Y, Sue Ann Carwell, and Orville Shannon are left ripe for rediscovery.

This compilation is an undoubtedly comprehensive overview of the scene andwhile perhaps a little obscure in places for the casual listeneris a dream come true for aficionados of deep cuts and rare grooves. A vibrant testamentpart love letter, part field guidenot only to Prince’s influences, but to a lost age, a groundbreaking collective of artists and a city that inspired them all. (

Author rating: 8.5/10

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