Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
by Various Artists
Released: Dec 2013
Label: Numero Group
The Numero Group excels in the netherworld of private pressings and unreleased studio tapes, and Purple Snow marks some of its best work to date. It includes early sessions by Alexander O'Neal, Prince (via 94 East and the Lewis Connection) and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Mind & Matter) as well as obscurities by Aura, the Stylle Band, and Quiet Storm. The key word in the title is "forecasting." By chronicling the scene's late '70s origins, Purple Snow mostly consists of scratchy and primitive-sounding disco, not the sharp-tuned synth-funk that Minneapolis became renowned for.