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Eccentric Soul:Nickel & Penny Labels


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Nickel and Penny are twin sides of the same eccentric coin, and that coin was Chicago's #1 Dusties DJ Richard Pegue. He was writer, arranger, and producer of some of the most beautiful Chicago soul records in the '60s and '70s; too bad they all went out of print weeks after being released. On Order here are rare sides by Jerry Townes, the Voices, the Norvells, Little Ben & The Cheers, South Shore Commission, Joyce Williams, The Hallelujah Chorus, Brothers & Sisters and more.. These 24 Tracks tell Pegue's epic tale, from dedicated music producer, to DJ making corny radio jingles that usurped the tens of thousands of air-time hours the songs included here so richly deserved. As ever, incredible dedication to packaging and presentation from the Numero Group.

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Soul nirvana 11 Dec 2011
By steve mowrey - Published on Amazon.com
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Numero's latest Eccentric Soul offering is soul purist nirvana & the best of the series thus far--& that's sayin' somethin'. A 24 track retro of the work of legendary DJ/Producer/Avatar/Boy Genius Richard Pegue on the impossibly rare if not downright obscure Chi-town Nickel & Penny labels, at least 1/2 the offerings on this platter are stone cold soul classics. Personal faves are Jerry Townes' ethereal Three Sides To A Triangle w/ spine-tingling backup vocals by the Voices ('natch), Brothers & Sisters' insistent bass heavy Don't Let 'Em Tell You which sounds like an undiscovered Philly Soul top ten anthem w/ a bullet, Little Ben & the Cheers' Bacharach-esque Never More w/ those majestic backing vocals swooping in & around a great lead vocal, & an uplifting hundred voices sounding stunner by some kids called the Halleluiah Chorus on I've Got To Find A Way w/ terrific high register lead vocal by one Ralph Washington. Red alert for Soul patrollers everywhere--your dreams have come true. As Numero's own peerless notes suggest you don't need to have been tuned to the cultural frequency that fueled the genius behind these recordings--despite the decades we have them now & it's a real cause for celebration.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Genius Chicago Soul from Richard Pegue 4 May 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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Richard Pegue? Well, I'd never heard of this guy either, but he was a certifiable musical genius and deserves much more respect and recognition than he's received. Pegue was a songwriter, producer, DJ, musician, and the creator of the Nickel and Penny record labels. Based in Chicago, his labels released some brilliant soul music between 1967 and 1973. But, as the liner notes to this CD tell us, most of these singles went out of print only weeks after they were released, and most of these artists never recorded full albums of their own.

Pegue wrote 16 of the 24 tracks on this collection. And the quality is very, very high. Some songs just jump out at you, perfect examples of magical soul bliss, and you think: Why wasn't this a monster hit? Pretty amazing music, I would say. Really, if you let someone listen to these songs and told them they were long-long tracks from the Motown vaults, they would be ecstatic and lavishing endless praise on this album. But because they were put out on the obscure Nickel and Penny labels in the late 60s and early 70s, no one seemed to pay much attention at the time, nor is this timeless music getting much publicity even after this stellar 2011 reissue, another high quality package from the Numero Group. As with the other excellent releases in their "Eccentric Soul" series, this CD comes with a lavishly detailed booklet with history of Richard Pegue (who sadly passed away in 2009) and the Nickel and Penny labels, plus info on these obscure artists and their wonderful songs. Fans of 60s and 70s music: this is another essential listen!
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Its okay but not mind boggling as some reviewers say 30 Nov 2013
By Harvey Wallbanger - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess there's a reason this isn't as good as Otis Redding, some moments I suppose, but overall, unless you cant get enough soul, there is a lot more gold out there.
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