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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Leon Ware “Musical Massage” (1976)

On my top 5 albums of all time lies Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. When it comes to pure sensual soul nothing tops the mix of Marvin’s voice with the amazing mix of musicality that weaves its way throughout that album. It is an album I have heard my entire …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Pharoah Sanders “You Gotta Have Freedom” (1980)

If artistic freedom is hard to define than Free Jazz is even harder to define. Jazz can be considered the art of improvising and the melodic ancher that holds down a semblance of standard is the only constraint a player can define for himself. In all cases saxophonist and Coltrane …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Taxie “Rock Don’t Stop” (1979)

via EGLO / Melodies: For the inaugural release of Eglo’s sister label Melodies, We bring back a rare disco crossover anthem by Taxie. Formed in Oakland, California in 1978 the band recorded Rock Dont Stop & pressed up limited quantities. Remastered from the original tapes, this uplifting dance-floor gem is …

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Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger” (1967)

The Five Stairsteps we’re the original ‘First Family of Soul’ (before the J5) and literally grew up through the Chicago Soul tradition. Danger! She’s a Stranger features mature harmonies from a group of tweens and the song itself is a risky attempt at hovering between melancholic and joyful tones. The …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Anamaria E Mauricio ‎”Anamaria E Mauricio Vol 2″ (1972)

As far as I can figure… Anamaria and Mauricio were a couple of young vocal performers who had some gigs around Sao Paolo in the late 60s. One day in 1969 a record producer sees them in a club and signs them to record an album. That’s 1970’s No no …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Vito Ricci “I Was Crossing A Bridge”

via Music From Memory: On the leading edge of NYC’s underground music scene, Vito Ricci produced only a handful of self-­released cassettes and one LP between 1983-­1985 with most of his work being recorded for experimental theatre and performance art pieces. Taking their label name from Vito Ricci’s only LP, …

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Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”
Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” (1961)

Oliver Nelson is a legendary jazz arranger with a strong playing pedigree (he played tenox sax with Quincy Jones in the early 60s) that really came into his own on his timeless and most revered record ”The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. This is a very special record personally as …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Two Man Sound “Que Tal America” (1979)

I’ve always loved this cheeky disco track, a bit of a guilty pleasure. I found a copy in Toronto a couple years ago and I’ve been playing it ever since. The kind of cover or band name that you wouldn’t really pay attention to (you can still find it on …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Eddie Hinton “I Can’t Be Me” (1980)

Eddie Hinton fits right into to the Forgotten Treasures section. An overlooked musical talent that was destined for big things which unfortunately never materialized. Legendary record man Jerry Wexler once called him “the next big thing” after hearing him play a studio session. Wexler also later referred to Hinton as “the …

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