V/A “Ec­cen­tric Soul: The Saru La­bel” NU­MERO

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the boxes checked: Gun-tot­ing, skip­trac­ing record pro­duc­ers, child stars, rip-offs, swin­dles, soar­ing falset­tos, and a dwin­dling rust-belt ci­tyscape of­fer­ing mere glimpses of hope be­fore the record in­dus­try es­caped for the coasts. Helmed by the O’Jays’ Bobby Massey, Saru was a cre­ative vor­tex that pulled Cuya­hoga County’s great­est tal­ent in, mak­ing a strong case for Cleve­land to con­tend with Detroit, Philly, and Mem­phis as Amer­ica’s soul mu­sic’s cap­i­tal. In­cludes ob­scure and un­known sides from the Out of Sights, the El­e­ments, Pan­della Kelly, David Peo­ples, Sir Stan­ley, the Pon­derosa Twins + 1, Ba-Roz, Bobby Dukes, and of course, the O’Jays.

March 23. The 20th vol­ume of our flag­ship Ec­cen­tric Soul se­ries has all

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