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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: 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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Electronic

Forgotten Treasure: Hiroshi Sato “Orient” (1979)

The world of rare Japanese Funk & Soul is a vast and expensive one to visit. The kind of realm that can be dangerous for your record budget once you start falling deep into. But there is something absolutely irresistible about the pop music that was coming out of Japan in …

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Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Bitori “Legend Of Funaná” (The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands)

via Analog Africa: In 1997, a quiet, unassuming man of 59 years old named Victor Tavares – better know as Bitori – walks into a studio for the very first time to record a masterpiece which many Cabo Verdean consider to be the best Funaná album ever made. Bitori’s musical …

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House / Techno UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Forgotten Treasure: Soul II Soul “I Care” Booker T Remix (1995)

New Jersey House and early UK Garage connecting together courtesy of Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B. How did that happened? Well, when that record came out in the fall of 1995 we could definitely feel that something new was bubbling around in the UK. Labels such as Nice ‘N’ Ripe or …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Leroux “Leroux” (1979)

It’s always exciting these days to hear deep records from your home (Quebec French music) on an international mix or compilation. Just a few weeks ago, I was quite surprised to find out long time London collector and DJ Mark ‘Good Vibes’ Taylor (La Homage/Reference Point) selected a track called …

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Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Savoir-Flair “Savoir-Flair” (1983)

The first record i’d like to share with all you faithful Music My Sanctuary readers is a very special piece in my collection. An early 80’s a Soul Boogie/Funk obscurity from Texas. (Comedy Central / Adult Swim fans might recognize this one!) “Savoir-Flair” was released on 1983 and produced by Roger …

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Ambient Electronic

Forgotten Treasure: The System “The System EP”

It’s fair to say Music From Memory is one of the most exciting labels at the moment. In a very short period of time, they managed to put out essential compilation work by musicians such as Leon Lowman, Joan Bibiloni and Suso Saiz. After going into pop territory with the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Air “Air” (1971, Embryo)

It’s always nice to see hard to find gems getting the proper reissue treatment these days. After doing an amazing job with releases by Leon Ware, Ned Doheny and Letta Mbulu, among others, London’s Be With Records are adding an important piece to their impressive catalog this summer. Long Island’s …

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Forgotten Treasure: Willie Colón “Guaracha”
Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Willie Colón “Guaracha” (1974)

In the world of Latin music, Fania Records reigns supreme. The brainchild of Johnny Pacheco, who is credited with coining the term Salsa to describe his rendition of the Afro-Cuban sound, La Fania holds some of the most priceless moments in music history under its belt. Among many accomplishments, his …

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