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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound “II” (1970, International/Fania)

About eight years ago a good friend (shout out to Hector) and I put together a mix as a promo for a store we had established back in Orlando, Florida. Rather than handing out flyers, we felt it was more effective to make some mixes and add a commercial at …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Gilles Rivard “En couleurs” (1981)

Listening to records by French Canadian artists from the late seventies-early eighties period like Georges Thurston (also known as Boule Noire), Dwight Druick or Diane Tell, you kind of wonder what was really happening during that time. Good music was all around and it’s nearly all forgotten these days. You …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Version Excursion: “Tudo O Que Voce Queria Ser” (original by Milton Nascimento)

Tudo O Que Voce Queria Ser by Milton Nascimento is the opening track of his legendary Clube da Esquina album (with Lo Borges) and it also represents the start of a whole brazilian regional renaissance. Nascimento’s creative vision, his personal poetic songwriting and his truly unique voice sparked a revolution …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Version Excursion: “Hurt So Bad” (original by Anthony & The Imperials)

A perfect song is usually a combination of songwriting prowess and interpretative brilliance recorded in magical circumstances. There is a rare instance where a song is so naturally incredible that even when covered by highly different artists in varied genres/eras its immaculate qualities still resonate strongly. Hurt so Bad, orignally …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: The Har-You Percussion Group (1969, ESP Disk)

Uptown baby, Uptown. Once you pass the Upper West and East Sides of Manhattan you are quickly transferred to a whole new world. From Harlem up through Washington Heights and all the way into Inwood, the diversity of cultures and realities that you experience are what gives New York City …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Robert Callender ‎”Le Musée de L’Impressionnisme” (1972)

This one has to be heard to believed. Bobby Callender, the self-proclaimed enigma, released a R&B hit single in 1963 that got him a record deal at MGM for a full album. He took a shot at a concept album in 1968, which was a trendy thing to do at …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: David Porter “The Masquerade is Over” (1974)

To say that David Porter‘s Victim of the Joke LP was an ambitious album is an understatement. Billed as a soul opera, the album is full of overproduced arrangements and spoken word scripted excerpts between and during songs. Most of the record is confusing and overdone, but the final track …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Numonics “You Lied” (1982)

I’ve always had a soft spot for Soul songs with a very senstive subject matter yet an undeniable funky melody and instrumentation. Despite the song being about heartbreak, being deceived and cheated on you’ll find yourself two stepping to this beautiful midtempo soulful tune. Not much is known about Oakland’s …

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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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