Various Artists Eccentric Soul: The Shoestring Label

Release date:
February 2, 2024
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Operating in a basement studio at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, pipeline man Howard Neal and his appropriately named Shoestring label was Alton, Illinois' answer to a question no one asked. Pressed in minuscule numbers and barely outside the 62002 zip code, the singles by The James Family, Jimmie Green, Pete & Cheez, and Carletta Sue are prime examples of cosmic midwestern disco in search of a break. This heavy weight 10-song LP is housed in a tip-on sleeve, and includes an essay and imagery that complete the picture of this pure expression of small-town soul.

  • 1. We've Got It Made
  • 2. Let Yourself Go
  • 3. You and Me
  • 4. A Broken Heart Will Mend
  • 5. Disco Fever
  • 6. Dance (Part 1)
  • 7. So Smooth
  • 8. You Keep Holding Back on Love
  • 9. I Need You So
  • 10. You're All the Woman I Need
  • 11. Radio Promo

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