Light
On The South Side
NUM033
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Notes About the Release
Between 1975-77, Chicago’s southside nightclubs were experiencing dark times. The after-hours routine may have been on the up, but the sound of urban blues was on its way down, getting funkier, heavier, picking up a Zeppelin echo from the British rock scene that had raided its larder. Thankfully, lightening came by way of a lanky white guy skulking from club to club with a camera and strobe light. Chicago photographer Michael Abramson hit Perv’s House, Pepper’s Hideout, The High Chaparral, The Patio Lounge, and The Showcase Lounge nightly, not to capture the artists on stage but instead popping off a half-dozen rolls every night exclusively on the seldom photographed crowd.

Light: On The South Side gathers more than 100 beautiful black and white Abramson images, as Numero shines its own light on yet another dark corner of the musical past. The 132-page hardback book features not just these photos, but an extended and wildly colorful ephemera section, plus an essay by British novelist and Numero fan Nick Hornby. Housed in a gorgeous slipcase with the 12X12 monograph is the 2LP set Pepper’s Jukebox, a 17-track compilation of Chicago blues in transition, as heard from both the stage and the Wurlitzer.
Product Details
2xLP+BOOK

2 x 150 gram LPs
18 tracks totaling 58 minutes
1 x monotone tip-on slipcase
1 x monotone gatefold jacket
2 x full color inner sleeves
1 x 132 page, 12"x12" hardcover monograph


TRACK LIST

Arlean Brown I’m A Streaker Baby
Bobby Rush Bowlegged Woman
Ricky Allen No Better Time Than Now
Little Mac Simmons The Same One
Lady Margo This Is My Prayer
Andrew Brown You Made Me Suffer
Artie White Gimmie Some Of Yours
Lucille Spann Women’s Lib
Hugh Hawkins Bring It Down Front
Slim Willis Band I Sayed That
Little Ed & the Soundmasters It’s A Dream
Syl Johnson Is It Because I’m Black (Inst.)
Walter “Butterball” Davis Baby Watcha’ Doing
Willie Williams Detroit Blues
Little Mac Simmons Goose Walk
Detroit Jr. Young Blood
Willie Davis I Learned My Lesson
James Kind California Lady
Between 1975-77, Chicago’s southside nightclubs were experiencing dark times. The after-hours routine may have been on the up, but the sound of urban blues was on its way down, getting funkier, heavier, picking up a Zeppelin echo from the British rock scene that had raided its larder. Thankfully, lightening came by way of a lanky white guy skulking from club to club with a camera and strobe light. Chicago photographer Michael Abramson hit Perv’s House, Pepper’s Hideout, The High Chaparral, The Patio Lounge, and The Showcase Lounge nightly, not to capture the artists on stage but instead popping off a half-dozen rolls every night exclusively on the seldom photographed crowd.

Light: On The South Side gathers more than 100 beautiful black and white Abramson images, as Numero shines its own light on yet another dark corner of the musical past. The 132-page hardback book features not just these photos, but an extended and wildly colorful ephemera section, plus an essay by British novelist and Numero fan Nick Hornby. Housed in a gorgeous slipcase with the 12X12 monograph is the 2LP set Pepper’s Jukebox, a 17-track compilation of Chicago blues in transition, as heard from both the stage and the Wurlitzer.

2xLP+BOOK

2 x 150 gram LPs
18 tracks totaling 58 minutes
1 x monotone tip-on slipcase
1 x monotone gatefold jacket
2 x full color inner sleeves
1 x 132 page, 12"x12" hardcover monograph


TRACK LIST

Arlean Brown I’m A Streaker Baby
Bobby Rush Bowlegged Woman
Ricky Allen No Better Time Than Now
Little Mac Simmons The Same One
Lady Margo This Is My Prayer
Andrew Brown You Made Me Suffer
Artie White Gimmie Some Of Yours
Lucille Spann Women’s Lib
Hugh Hawkins Bring It Down Front
Slim Willis Band I Sayed That
Little Ed & the Soundmasters It’s A Dream
Syl Johnson Is It Because I’m Black (Inst.)
Walter “Butterball” Davis Baby Watcha’ Doing
Willie Williams Detroit Blues
Little Mac Simmons Goose Walk
Detroit Jr. Young Blood
Willie Davis I Learned My Lesson
James Kind California Lady
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