The label also purchased all 2,200 masters and compositions from Cuca Records and the complete masters and publishing rights for Boston rock group Karate.
The reissue label and publisher Numero Group, known for excavating important yet overlooked records of the 20th century, considers themselves storytellers more than anything else.
"We're really committed to not just rediscovering music from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s, but to telling as much of the story as we can," explains co-founder Rob Sevier.
As musical archaeologists of sorts, Numero Group is continuing to expand their catalog -- this time, with thousands of new songs from a wide swath of genres. Among their new spoils is the acquisition of both master and publishing rights to the catalog of gritty Chicago soul singer Syl Johnson, perhaps known best via his sample placements in songs by Jay-Z, Kanye West, Public Enemy, Wu-Tang Clan and more. Though the Numero team has worked with the singer before, (namely, on the boxset Syl Johnson: The Complete Twinight Singles), this marks the first time the highly protective artist has relinquished full creative control to the group since their relationship began in 2006.