Short for 'Capital City Soul,' the Columbus Ohio Capsoul label's history spans only five short years throughout the 1970's. Founded by Bill Moss, a local singer and DJ at WVKO in Columbus, Capsoul released just a dozen 45's and one highly sought after LP resulting in a few regional hits. Numero 001 is a compilation of twenty tracks spanning the label's all but forgotten history.
How does a record become a hit? As history has shown, for every chart-topper, there are easily 10 equally well-made and compelling songs which never become widely-known. Case in point: Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, documenting the tiny Columbus, Ohio label's output during the 1970s. The selections included here are closer to the gritty sounds of Stax than to high-polished Motown soul, but the musicianship and performances would not sound out of place next to the same era's familiar classics from Memphis and Detroit. The Kool Blues' "I'm Gonna Keep On Loving You" apes Sam & Dave's back-and-forth vocal approach, while Four Tops-style harmonies are the template for the Four Mints "Too Far Gone" and "Row My Boat". This collection is an unexpected surprise for the adventurous soul-lover looking to discover something new from the old days. --Ben Heege
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