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Eccentric Soul: Twinight's Lunar Rotation

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Eccentric Soul: Twinight's Lunar Rotation takes a look beyond their hit maker Syl Johnson, and instead focuses on the records that never had a shot at the charts. It's the story of struggling disc jockeys moonlighting as producers, high school talent show winners, major label cast offs, minor label upgrades, girlfriends with decent voices, and master purchases traded for chart position. This comprehensive two CD set includes a complete label history, a bakers dozen of unpublished photos and three unreleased tracks, including two that were only rumored to exist.

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Chalk up another shoot-the-moon collection of long-lost soul to the master excavators at the Numero Group. Upping the ante to a two-disc set accompanied by trivia-filled liner notes, Twinight's Lunar Rotation is a treasure chest--40 tracks of sweaty, sassy R&B goodness, churned out by the prolific and independent Chicago-area Twinight Records in the late '60s and early '70s. Committed to producing anything they thought could sell or merit radio airplay, the producers at Twinight generated ballads, minor gems like George McGregor and the Bronzette's "Temptation Is So Hard to Fight," hip-shaking instrumental soul workouts and smoky psychedelic guitar grooves. Tight funk ensembles Pieces of Peace and the Dynamic Tints come off like a mini-Tower of Power, and the teenaged Mystiques (discovered at a high school talent show) capture the urgency of adolescent obsession with "Put Out the Fire." This lunar rotation is worth taking for a spin. --Ben Heege

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Devastator - Stormy
  2. Mama - Annette Poindexter
  3. Package Of Love Part I - Dynamic Tints
  4. Main Squeeze - Nate Evans
  5. Satisfied - Krystal Generation
  6. Yes, My Goodness Yes - Velma Perkins
  7. Not Too Cool To Cry - Renaldo Domino
  8. Temptation Is Hard To Fight - George McGregor
  9. So Good To Have You Home Again - Mystiques
  10. Soul Strokes - Sidney Pinchback
  11. Pass It On Part I - Pieces Of Peace
  12. Be My Lady - Dynamic Tints
  13. Let Me Come Within - Renaldo Domino
  14. Which One Am I - Perfections
  15. Can You Find Me Love - Harrison
  16. Is It Worth A Chance - Josephine Taylor
  17. Lonely People - Notations
  18. To Love Someone (That Don't Love You) - Kaldirons
  19. My Sunshine Girl - Radiants
  20. Powerful Love - Chuck & Mac

Disc: 2

  1. A New Day - Notations
  2. Rosemarie - Dynamic Tints
  3. You And Me Baby - Kaldirons
  4. Lift This Hurt - Elvin Spencer
  5. Why Do You Want To Make Me Sad - Perfections
  6. Put Out The Fire - Mystiques
  7. Breaking Point - Johnny Williams
  8. Life Walked Out - Mist
  9. Nevermore - Renaldo Domino
  10. Pardon My Innocent Heart - Nate Evans
  11. Remind Me - Schiller Street Gang
  12. Is It Meant To Be - Krystal Generation
  13. Wayward Dream - Annette Poindexter
  14. I'll Always Love You - Velma Perkins
  15. Tearing Me Up Inside - Harrison
  16. I've Made Up My Mind - Josephine Taylor
  17. Goin' Man Huntin - Jo Ann Garrett
  18. I Can't Stop - Notations
  19. Two Years Four Days - Renaldo Domino
  20. Yesterday's Mistakes - Jimmy Jones


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Numero
  • ASIN: B000N3STG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Donald E. Gilliland on July 10, 2013
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The Chicago-based Twinight (and Twilight) label is best known for being the home of soul legend Syl Johnson, who later recorded for Willie Mitchell's Hi Records label in Memphis. This 2-CD collection highlights the "other" recordings that Twinight put out from 1967-1972. And folks, this compilation is positively bursting with sweet soul and funky grooves. With 40 tracks, there is something for everyone, including a few torrid instrumentals. Another jaw-dropping collection of soul rarities that the Numero Group has rescued from obscurity. Thank you!

As for the "Lunar Rotation" part of this album title, the booklet inside this collection explains that this was the late night period on local radio stations when airplay was given to "high school talent show winners, major label cast offs, minor label upgrades, and girlfriends with decent voices ... the DJ's call it lunar rotation, broadcast lingo for radio limbo, all-night airplay for 45s with no chance of making the charts, a nice time for a disc jockey to make good on that fifty dollar handshake. It's hope, but not much more. Between 1967 and 1972 Chicago's lunar landscape was littered with Twinight labeled 45s."

The booklet goes into detal about the label's history and the recording acts represented on this CD. There are not any Syl Johnson songs on this compilation, but the essay in the booklet explains his crucial importance to the label, not only as its sole hitmaker, but its foundation. By leaving the label in 1972, the booklet notes, "Syl Johnson had gone, taking with him the label's only source of income, and subsequently the label roster's mainline for new blood."

It's a shame that the label didn't enjoy more success.
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What you will find here is "classic 70's soul" in all its many incarnations of the period-- plenty of falsetto vocals and other things that will remind you of famous artists contemporary to the time. In other words, little known artists performing songs in the mold of the Dells, O. V. Wright, etc. Nate Evans (who I believe graces the cover) is a ringer, vocally, for Lou Rawls. I admit I didn't find this as hot as some of the other Numero Uno releases such as Belize City Boilover and Grand Bahama Goombay, which are enlivened by their Carribean ethnic influences. Therefore the 4 stars instead of 5. But if you are looking for some pure 70's soul sounds, this is for you.
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Coulda, shoulda, woulda. An apt description for the Twinight Label. They're recordings were inpressive enough, the trouble was they didn't recieve the promotion and respect they deserved. It's good to see Numero helping to rectify this matter
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A friend of mine hipped me to this label (NumeroGroup) by making me a copy of this Twinight's Lunar Rotation double album on CD. I was not much of a soul music fan at that time- the only soul music that I REALLY REALLY loved was my Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" record. I tried getting into some of the other mainstream/classic soul artists but none of them could do me like Marvin. Well that all went out the window when I popped Twinight's Lunar Rotation disc 1 into my system. WOW! What an amzing collection of underground soul/funk circa Chicago 1967-72. And disc 2 is just as great. I've never heard of any of these artists but I was/am blown away by the quality of music in this collection. I promise you, you will not be able to sit still and listen to this album. I like it so much, that I went right over to my local record store and bought the 4xLP set on vinyl. It includes 13 extra tracks (not on the CD version) and it's all wrapped up in a nice package with history and artwork/photos. These tunes are dripping with passion/coolness/love/musicianship. Amazing. Simply amazing. Thank you Numero Group for digging these diamonds up and making them readily available. Buy this album, you won't regret it. If you aren't hooked by the time the first two tracks of disc 1 are finished, you had better check your pulse and/or your hearing.
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