Prince, Jimmy Jam Harris, and Terry Lewis are frequently credited with creating and defining the funk-driven Minneapolis Sound. But Chicago-based Numero Group's lavish Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound celebrates a host of less heralded musicians who shaped that innovative era. These tracks, presented here with painstakingly researched liner notes, helped lay the groundwork for the scene that Prince eventually claimed as his own. Haze, Prophets of Peace, Rockie Robbins, Mind & Matter, 94 East and the Lewis Connection (featuring early contributions from a young Prince Nelson himself), Jimmy Jam and Lewis's legendary Flyte Time, and many others connect some dots from the late '70s to the early '80s. Purple Snow does a brilliant job illuminating underappreciated artists as well as the ones we will never forget.