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Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label


Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label


Numero Group

various artists CD

Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label CD coverThe Numero Group is a new and eclectic label that so far has dug up some music for some excellent lost, independent soul label compilations and Factory Benelux obscurities like Antena's Camino Del Sol .

The Eccentric Soul series has thus far spotlighted the Capsoul Label (reviewed here) and The Bandit Label. This compilation series is for those who are aching for some more soul music not produced by the famous soul machines but rather from the more obscure, and lesser known labels.

The Capsoul Label was a little independent label from Columbus, Ohio put together by Bill Moss (who later went on to run as mayor of Columbus and is well known there). Capsoul was around for 5 years in the early 70s releasing a dozen 45s and one full-length album from which the cream of the crop has been included here.

There aren't any well known names here, but there are some highly sought after sides by soul collectors, and it's not just for the label's rarity that these soul sides are sought after - it's because there's some super fine soul to be had. The artists included are Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr (with 4 tunes), Marion Black (with 2 tunes), Kool Blues (with 3 tunes), Bill Moss himself (with 3 tunes), the Four Mints (with 3 tunes), Ronnie Taylor (with 2 tunes) and Elijah & The Ebonites (with 2 tunes) for 19 tracks total.

Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr offer up the most tunes here and their You're All I Need To Make It is one of the best tracks which leads off the compilation in a sweet Motown soul style. Their You Can't Blame Me is a slower soul blast, with some awesome vocals and sweet scratchy guitar, while Your Love Keeps Drawing Me Closer is uptempo and also very sweet sounding.

Marion Black's Go On Fool was a regional hit in the fall of 1970, and it's included here along with the uptown blues based Who Knows with its sweet vocals and piano.

Kool Blues do a duet styled soul sound on I'm Gonna Keep On Loving You and Can We Try Love Again which is a sizzler that really sneaks up on you.

The Four Mints offer up some upbeat male harmony on Too Far Gone, while they are more playful on the Impressions' like soul ballad Row My Boat that would make Quentin Tarantino blush.

Elijah & The Ebonites' Hot Grits!!! (also heard in an instrumental version) is a driving tune inspired by Al Green - if you know the story about how Al was burned by some hot grits than you get the picture.

And Bill Moss himself can be heard on Sock It To 'Em Soul Brother (also heard in an instrumental version) which has a Stax/Volt novelty funk sound - and be sure to listen for the shout-out to OJ Simpson. Number One (My Daddy Said, You Oughta Be A Man) by Bill Moss has that folk soul sound of the likes of Oscar Brown Jr .

---Patrick, March 15, 2005