Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Columbus Soul Classic: The Four Mints

For over ten years, Chicago-based Numero Group has made it their mission to be the best archival record label in the world by dragging brilliant recordings out of unwarranted obscurity. We love the label and try to keep the whole catalogue in stock.

Our best seller from Numero Group is 001 Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label. 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. The record is a compilation of nineteen tracks spanning the label's all but forgotten history.

This month, Numero Group put out another classic with Columbus roots. We are proud to carry this record as well and hopefully reintroduce Columbus audiophiles to The Four Mints! (If you already have the Capsoul record, you have heard a couple of their songs.)  This is definitely one of the Holy Grail releases on Columbus’s Capsoul label. Every song sounds like a hit…all killer no filler! The Capsoul house band is strong throughout the record and two of my favorite cuts are written by the late great Dean Francis: “Row My Boat” and “Too Far Gone.” Also “Keep On Loving You” by Norman Whiteside, John Primm, and Wm. Gilbert is simply incredible.

The minute “You’re My Desire” starts with a drum roll and then slows the pace with horns and tip-top vocal harmonies, you know you’re in for a treat. Then “Row My Boat” takes it up a notch and gets stuck in your head instantly with its piano roll intro, bells, and a vibe that is reminiscent of some of the best Delfonics songs. “Too Far Gone” will have you bopping your head and bouncing in your seat… and you will be too far gone, but as the next song begs… “You’ll Want to Come Back,” which makes me think of something that The Impressions very well could have recorded. ”Keep on Loving You”… is one of the catchiest songs on the album… reminds me a bit of Sam and Dave in their prime.

It’s about time this Columbus sweet soul classic LP gets the proper vinyl reissue treatment that only Numero Group can give it!

With the holidays coming up, these two records make great gifts for anyone who lives in Columbus or is seriously into vintage soul.  Please let us know if you have any questions, anytime, about any of the Numero Group releases!

--Brett & The Spoonful Gang