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Release of Purple Snow Compilation

news13.12 PurpleSnow FlyteTyme2We are excited to announce the release of the “Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound“ compilation that chronicles the late 70´s Minneapolis Sound with 32 rare and unreleased recordings spanning likely over a decade of hot musical innovation from the town later also known as Funkytown.

Of course the two-disc set cannot leave out two songs of the back then popular funk unit Flyte Tyme, a precursor to The Time that provided a vehicle for dozens of Twin Cities musicians throughout the ’70s and early ’80s. The two 1979 unreleased Flyte Tyme tracks "It's The Things That You Do" (written by Cynthia Johnson and Terry Lewis) and "I´ve Got You On My Mind" (written by Cynthia Johnson and Tony Johnson) feature a very tight funk band with soulful vocals from star “Funkytown” vocalist Cynthia Johnson, who is joined by bassist Terry Lewis (today Grammy winning producer), drummer Garry “Jellybean” Johnson (later becoming the guitarist of Prince, Janet Jackson, and others), and guitarist Tony Johnson (the only one who did not pursue a musical career). On this compilation you also get a high school "Prince Nelson" playing breezy guitar with the lite-funk band 94 East in 1975.

Altogether, this era with a hybrid of funk, pop, new wave and guitar-rock was not only the basis for the career launch of these gifted persons, but would eventually also bolt out of the Twin Cities to drive subsequent decades of R&B and pop/rock production. It is a work of musical history.