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The Society of Sound release for February comes courtesy of the Chicago archive label the Numero Group and features the music of the Universal Togetherness Band.

At the Universal Togetherness Band's nucleus was Andre Gibson, a Chicago native who had gone from curious keyboardist to musical polyglot during his comprehensive musical education at Chicago Vocational School. In the mid 1970's Gibson assembled the Universal Togetherness Band with Fred and Leslie Misher on bass and guitar (respectively), and his younger brother Arnold Gibson on drums. Upon enrolling in Columbia College's music business program, he met guitarist/harmonica player Paul Hannover, who became the group's fifth and final member.

In 1979, Andre Gibson spotted a flyer announcing that a faculty from the engineering department were seeking bands to serve as specimens for recording majors needing to clock-up studio hours as part of their studies. Shortly after, UTB auditioned for Malcolm Chisholm, the pioneering instructor of Columbia's sound engineering program, and were soon embarking on a four year recording bender that saw this erudite party band explore permutations of soul, jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco.

This new release on Society of Sound captures the brightest, never-before-heard moments from this visionary group's recordings between 1979 and 1982 all lovingly restored and remixed by Numero Group. By self-imposed law, everything released by Numero is a stunning new artifact of image and word painstakingly re-mastered and carefully researched and available for you to hear now in stunning quality from Society of Sound.

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Published 19th Feb 2015 »

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