I did some serious damage at Mississippi Records this weekend, so I’m not allowed near a record store or pre-purchase link ’till 2012, but on the top of my wishlist is this brand new limited edition Wheedle’s Groove 45s Box Set from Light in the Attic Records coming out this Friday.
The box set features reissues of ten rare 45s from the celebrated Seattle ’60s and ’70s soul scene. (You can get a taste of all ten, A & B sides on LITA’s website.) Original copies of these 45s can go for hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars in the collectors market and while the 2,000 limited edition copies in this box set aren’t quite as expensive, they’re just as valuable for any local music lover. As a special treat, the first 50 folks who order the set when it is available this Friday will get 2 autographed photos and a set of 16 replica Seattle SuperSonics trading cards.
Even if you don’t order one of the first 50, the box set comes with those ten Seattle soul and funk 45 gems, a glossy 96 page book featuring rare photos from the golden era of Seattle soul and funk, brand new liner notes from Jonathan Zwickel, a replica Seattle Supersonics trading card and to top it all off, a previously unreleased CD featuring never-before-heard sessions from Robbie Hill’s Family Affair. The sessions, recorded in 1975 in Los Angeles, had been lost for decades until the recent discovery of the original multi-track masters.
Does all this mean I’ll be hitting refresh on the Light in the Attic website at midnight on the 25th, ignoring my record buying ban and digging out my credit card? Most likely, yes.
And if you’re not yet hip to Wheedle’s Groove or the awesome soul sounds made in Seattle in the ’60s and ’70s, spend your Thanksgiving break watching the excellent documentary.