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Album Spotlight - 15:60:75 (Numbers Band) - Jimmy Bell's Still In Town

15-60-75 Akron June 2015 Numbers Band records vinyl

The Akron/Cleveland music scene of the late-70's was fertile ground for aspiring new wave and punk artists: Devo, Pere Ubu, The Pretenders, Dead Boys, Pagans, etc all cut their teeth in this scene. However, one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated artists of that time, 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band), quietly put out one of the best blues/rock/psych records ever made. Like their unusual name, The Numbers Band's sound is unique and hard to classify. It's hard-driving rhythm & blues with a punk attitude and a dischordant triple-saxophone attack. The band seems to thrive right on the edge of chaos the entire album, just to bring it back together as they seamlessly work their way through their tremendous set. Their 1976 live album, Jimmy Bell's Still In Town, was lauded by Rolling Stone critic David Fricke "blues and chaos, raw power and the true price of independent rock & roll spirit." I can listen to this record three times in a row and it still seems fresh. A truly timeless gem of a record - it's a shame more people haven't heard it.

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) - Jimmy Bell's Still In Town LP

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