Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label takes a look at the bizarre side of Chicago soul through twenty tracks of blistering R&B, sweet soul, and discofied funk. Hundreds of hours were spent researching, interviewing, re-mastering, and compiling the history of Bandit and the life of Arrow Brown. Unearthed in the process were two cassette tapes worth of acappella rehearsals that Numero has done their best to preserve in their lo-fi, in-the-red state.
The Numero Group serves up a collection of unheard 70's soul from obscure South-side Chicago label Bandit Records. Between 1969 and 1981, the handful of 45s and single LP released on the Bandit imprint were orchestrated by musical/business mastermind Arrow Brown-- the reissue liner notes detail the somewhat incestuous group of family, friends, and oddballs he assembled to perform his compositions. The result is smooth vocal soul, heavy on the strings, informed as much by the Philly sound of the Spinners and the Delfonics as by Chicago natives the Chi-Lites. Highlights include The Majestic Arrows' falsetto stylings on "Doing It For Us" and "Going To Make A Time Machine", and the pre-adolescent love musings on "Sweet Pea" sung by the unusually-named Altyrone Deno Brown (7-year old son of label proprietor Arrow). --Ben Heege