Numero Group are releasing a compilation titled Omnibus Vol.1, a collection of 45 7" funk and soul singles from across the United States. The collection is, as Numero puts it "a tangled mess of loose ends", which could not be drawn into other LP or CD projects. It includes disappearing acts like Pat Stallworth (who recorded one single with news anchor Bill Jacocks in 1974), lives cut short (Curtis Liggins, who died in a car crash in 1972), and sartorial disagreements (The Intentions disbanded soon after forming after a fight over outfits).
The idea for Omnibus started life almost ten years ago, a ramshackle collection of obscure and lost 45s imagined as the first Numero release. However, that morphed into the Eccentric Soul series and the original idea was shelved.
One single from the set will be upped to the Eccentric Soul site each day, which is hosting track samples, bios and label scans from all the 45s. Online already are tracks by Monterey Bay group Elements Of Peace, Texan high school vocal group The Volumes, Curtis Liggins Indications from Kansas City and others.
As per usual for Numero, it all comes in lush packaging – a carry case with metal handle, plus clothbound hardback book covering bios plus an early history of Numero. It's being produced in an edition of 1500 for the world, and pre-orders get an extra 46th single. Those buying the box set will also receive a free download of all the tracks. More dinked funk and soul here.