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Various – Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples


(Numero Group, Eccentric Soul) – (NUM023)

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By 1967, East St. Louis, Illinois – once dubbed an “All American” city by the US Chamber of Commerce – had become St Louis, Missouri’s evil twin. Unemployment, drug addiction and vicious gang activity put a dark and heavy lid on a bi-state area that once cooked-up world-changing talent – we’re talking Chuck Berry, Josephine Baker, Miles Davis. But both cities kept spawning heroes, Allen Merry among them. Already a living legend for his early work with Ray Charles and Ike Turner, Merry channeled his talent into teaching, forming the Young Disciples through the South End Community Center, aiming to keep the kids off the streets, out of gangs, and instead inside the studio, from which young men and women spiraling downward could ride the spiral groove upward on Merry’s YoDi, Gateway and Merry labels. Every sweat-drenched recording included here emerged from Merry’s grass-roots organization that changed, if not saved, lives. Former East St Louis Mayor Carl Officer had a slogan he liked to pitch: “There’s A City Under Here.” Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples unearths those very streets and safe havens.

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Numero Group, Eccentric Soul
Catalogue Number: NUM023
Record Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)

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A1 The World Is Changing
A2 Crumbs From The Table
A3 Third Flight
A4 Tears
A5 Checking Myself
B1 I’m Not Afraid Of Love
B2 Anyone Or Anything
B3 Girls Girls Girls
B4 I Love You
B5 Hard Hard
C1 Country Loving Country Style
C2 It’s Not Your Business
C3 People
C4 Would You Rather
C5 Love Love Love
D1 Choose Me
D2 Outside Of Memphis
D3 That’s A Good Reason
D4 I’m Your Man
D5 Bang Bang Bang
D6 Homeboy


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