City Paper is not for tourists
Bless those Numero Group people. The Chicago label has rescued heaps of regional scenes from the dustbins of history with its handsome reissues, and now it’s turning its sights to an obscure D.C. soul outfit, Father’s Children.
Actually, until now, Father’s Children was mostly remembered as an obscure L.A. band. Its only record that made it to stores, 1979’s Father’s Children, was jazzy, commercial-sounding soul. From the press release from Numero:
Originating from the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of DC, Father’s Children got their start while still in high school, quickly garnering local attention for their engrossing soulful performances, meticulous harmonies, and strong compositions. Expanding to a septet and converting to Islam in 1972, the band crafted a fierce debut in Who’s Gonna Save The World, a stunning amalgamation of sunny vocal group harmonies, fuzz-guitar solos, and shimmering keys splayed across a backdrop spiritual prophecy and political unease. When funding fizzled out, the tapes became holdings of studio owner and the band went into recording limbo until their 1979 “debut” album for Mercury.
Like many a Numero release, the Who’s Gonna Save The World tapes were discovered in a garage. Now, it’ll see the light of day with hefty liner notes, historical photos, and a bonus 45 with two more tracks, “Linda Movement” and “Intellect.” The package is out July 26.