Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Tomorrow’s People “Open Soul” (1976, Stage Productions)

For my first contribution to the Forgotten Treasures features, I’ve chosen “Open Soul” from Chicago group Tomorrow’s People. The group is comprised primarily of 4 brothers (with 2 additional members joining shortly before the recording of the LP). The A-Side is solid, including a fat break on the first track …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe “Duo Exchange” (1973, Survival Records)

via Boomkat: Incendiary and rare free jazz ripper from Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe from 1973. Out of print on vinyl ever since and a fierce addition to any jazz or avant-garde shelf. From Thurston Moore’s Top Ten Free Jazz Underground (1996): “Frank Lowe has been studying and playing a …

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Forgotten Treasures
Brazil Jazz

Victor Assis Brasil “Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim” (1970)

via Far Out Recordings: Following the recent reissue of Jose Mauro’s Obnoxius, Far Out Recordings presents the second release in the treasure trove of the Quartin catalogue, Victor Assis Brasil Plays Jobim. Over the course of the 1960s, Roberto Quartin released more than 20 albums in Brazil on his label …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Joe King Kologbo “Sugar Daddy” (1980)

via Strut Recordings: Strut presents the first in a series of essential original LP reissues exploring rare and under-rated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by Duncan Brooker. In January 2017, the series kicks off with ‘Sugar Daddy’, an experimental highlife / disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Strong Souls “Sensual Let’s Work” (1993)

This one is really close to my heart. A very obscure release that I’m very surprised that very few people play. Strong Souls is a rare Larry Heard project that was released on Black Market in 1993. That release followed his essential LP on major label MCA and a few …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Alice Clark “Alice Clark” (1972, Mainstream)

I have been obsessed with Alice Clark’s voice going on some time now. Her 1972 self-titled album on Mainstream Records just does everything right for me. Her voice is the perfect mixture of love, pain, longing, and hope. The best example of this on “Never Did I Stop Loving You”. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Eclectic

Sven Grünberg “Anima 1977-2001”

via Frotee:Estonian archival label Frotee is honoured to welcome Estonian electronic music pioneer Sven Grünberg to its discography. Frotee releases a 24-track compilation featuring Grünberg’s work for 10 animated films and 1 puppet-play, all music is previously unreleased on any physical format. Therefore, the release of “Anima 1977-2001” can be …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Lee Hazlewood “13” (1972)

via Light In The Attic: 13 was never supposed to be a Lee Hazlewood album. It is perhaps the strangest record in one of the most varied discographies in music. The bombastic brass-heavy funk, deep blues and soul paired with Hazlewood’s subterranean baritone would be best enjoyed with a tall …

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