In the growing noise of the so-called reissue field, The Numero Group remains distinct in its quality: deeply researched, expertly resuscitated and lavishly packaged box sets, playlists and ephemera of historic music from the 1950s-1990s. Founded in Chicago in 2003 by Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley, for more than 15 years Numero has committed to unearthing precious lost sounds for new audiences, with an unparalleled ear for potential and spirited eye for detail.
With hundreds of titles in our diverse catalog of LPs, CDs, cassettes, 45s, 12-inch singles and playlists, each Numero production illuminates the often herculean efforts of individuals who sang, played, recorded and peddled their art to little fanfare in its day. Through intense research and wild ideas, these songs find new life in streaming, lovingly-packaged media and placement in film and television. By self-imposed law, everything assembled by Numero is a stunning new artifact of sound, image and word.
A brief overview of the governing series within our greater catalog:
Eccentric Soul - Our flagship series that documents lost soul music
Wayfaring Strangers - Compiles privately issued folk music
Cult Cargo - Unearths the music of remote island nations
Good God! - Praises obscure gospel and spiritual tunes
Local Customs - Investigations of mom-and-pop recording outfits
200 Line - Explores punk, hardcore, and artistic rock from the ’80s and ’90s
We’ve also crossed the street to deliver hidden worlds of unsung power pop, New York disco and rap, cosmic country, kid group soul, hillbilly hellfire, Franco-Belgian electro-samba, phantom blaxploitation funk, tiki torch exotica, psychedelic heartland pop, orchestral UK folk, decaying art soul, the forebears of Minneapolis Sound, and Chicago’s funk-blues club life captured in glorious black & white. There’s no basement too dank, no box too dusty for our intrepid team of researchers, writers, producers and engineers.
Each Numero product may be ordered online in our web store or purchased at discerning retailers. Our complete catalog of music also streams online through Spotify and Apple Music. In 2018 we opened a satellite office in Los Angeles, in addition to our dedicated Chicago flagship location.
Numero has a dedicated in-house team of licensing professionals here to meet the needs of your billion dollar Hollywood blockbuster or student film alike. 95% of our catalog is one-stop, with Numero administering the Dust Index and Songs of Numero Group publishing catalogs. Requests can be made through the form below.
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Open from noon to 7pm on Fridays only, The Numero Factory Outlet is the only record store in the world that carries the complete in-print Numero range. Organized by catalog number, the shop is tailored to the die-hard Numero enthusiast. Come browse our exclusive releases or buy new titles before they hit the rest of the world while hearing tests pressings from the next great Numero album. Our dedicated staff is here to put the right titles in your basket and guide you through the elaborate inner-workings of the world’s greatest catalog label.