Numero Group Box: Boddie Recording Company
Retail price: $60
I dare say that no one handles box sets with as much love and care as Numero Group, and this season is no exception to that.
The 3 CD or five LP set Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio is a phenomenal testament to that. From 1958 to 1973, Thomas and Louise Boddie’s company issued 300 albums and 45s, and recorded over 10,000 hours of tape. The 58 tracks here represent the best of the Boddie’s in-house Soul Kitchen, Luau, and Bounty labels, which released an unspoiled treasure trove of kitchen-sink eccentric soul, fuzzbox funk, shoestring doo-wop, and haunted, eerily hook-laden spirituals.