Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace
Vinyl LP Record [2LP]
Smart's Palace was anything but royal. Beyond the bloodline of the Smart Brothers and their jester brother Leroy, the only kings and queens to be discovered there were JB and Aretha playing on the Wurlitzer. However, between 1963-1975 the club held court for the entire Wichita, Kansas soul scene. At its heart was Dick Smart, bassist, club owner, DJ, record store owner, promoter, and sole proprietor of the Solo label. Collected here for the first time is the story and songs that came out of this thriving, if not totally unknown scene. Housed in Numero's signature slipcase, the 19 track disc features Theron & Darrell, Baby Neal, Chocolate Snow, L.T. & the Soulful Dynamics, Fred Williams & the Jewels Band, The Hard Road, on labels like Solo, Kanwic, Vantage, and Lee-Mac, all fully annotated with ransom of pictures, posters, and ephemera fit for a king.