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Although he was never to achieve even a fraction of the fame and acclaim that his legendary brother Link enjoyed, Vernon Wray was certainly just as much of a notch in the legacy of their namesake.

Throughout most of the 60’s and into the early 70’s, Vernon utilized most of his talent to contribute to his brother’s recordings with The Raymen. It wasn’t until 1972 that he recorded this modest gem at his Arizona studio (dubbed simply Vernon Wray’s Record Factory). Forgoing the surf overtones of the Wray brothers’ past, Wasted navigates the same path as contemporaries The Flying Burrito Brothers in its honky tonk moments and Townes Van Zandt during its more restrained.  The finished project is an excellent – and ultimately underrated country rock album in its own right .

Only 400 copies of Wasted were originally pressed back in 1972. Compounding on the rarity aspect is the fact that it was only sold at local shows around the Tuscon area. Luckily a hip little label out of Nashville, Sebastian Speaks, has taken on the repressing of the album as one of its projects. While you’re purchasing a copy of the LP, check out some of the label’s other endeavors. If you dig the nostalgic, the rare, the under appreciated, and the downright COOL then I reckon you may get a kick out of them.





The wonderful folks at the Numero Group have truly solidified a reputation for being obscurity’s liason to the music community. Whether it be Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Folk, Soul, or even Disco, the label has such a knack for digging up long last tapes that are consistently capable of making modern mouths’ water.

Take for example the Eccentric Soul Series. Beginning with the lead off compilation,2004’s The Capsoul Label (which will be highlighted below),Numero has provided a 27 piece catalog of rare soul nostalgia that resurrects artists, scenes, and labels whose tapes have frequented dusty shelves and damp basements for many a decade.  So head on over to Numero’s site and prepare to get hooked on history.

In the meantime, here are 2 installments from the Eccentric Soul Series.

The first of which, The Capsoul Label, traces the lineage of the short lived Columbus,Ohio label through a compilation of tracks originally issued in the early 70’s. Capsoul Records only produced about a dozen 45’s and just one full length album, all of which have become highly sought after artifacts. You will hear songs from obscure names such as Marion Black, Ronnie Taylor, the Four Mints, label owner Bill Moss,etc etc. After you take a listen head on over here and try to outbid someone for a shot at some originals! Or just go here and purchase the compilation on Double LP or CD from Numero.

The second of the Eccentric Soul installments presented here today is catalog number 15 in the series, 2007’s The Prix Label. Along the same lines and geographic location as Capsoul, the Prix imprint was another there-and-then-gone label that produced some amazing funky soul singles before abruptly closing up shop. This compilation not only gives us long lost gems from Eddie Ray, Joe King, Mitch Mitchell, and many more; you will also be treated to 8 tracks from unreleased tapes that turned up in a freakin’ estate sale. Now thats some rare shit if I know my steaks. Buy it here

So here they are for your sampling pleasures, The Capsoul Label and The Prix Label. Also check out the Numero Group’s Youtube page.  It’s got some fun stuff!

Eccentric Soul 1 – The Capsoul Label (2004)

Eccentric Soul 15 – The Prix Label (2007)