Forgotten Treasure: Cru “Ooh Wee”
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Cru “Ooh Wee” (1999)

This post is really about three things: The year 1999 in rap music, Cru and their song Ooh Wee but more than anything, I wanted to share my thoughts on a very important man in the realm of rap music: the late, great Chris Lighty, who passed away under dubious …

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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
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Eddie Lebron “Ghetto Records presents Eddie Lebron” (1970)

Every record digger has albums that simply elude them. Doesn’t matter how many rat feces infested basements they rummage through or how many pounds of sweat they have lost digging through piles upon piles upon piles of Herb Albert albums, certain albums just seem to never show up. Ghetto Records …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Jeff Floyd “Don’t Leave Me” (1984)

This one is for all the Boogie Funk heads and collectors. A track that routinely fetches selling prices around three and sometimes four figures. I think one auction just closed at over 2,000$ on Ebay recently. In this case the hype is well deserved because: a) the track is very rare …

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Forgotten Treasure: China Burton “You Don’t Care (About Our Love)”
Forgotten Treasures
Disco Soul Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: China Burton “You Don’t Care (About Our Love)” (1979)

Disco is a tricky genre to explore. On the one, hand it’s a natural progression from soul harmonies into a slick, slightly overproduced approach to incorporating new musical technology. On the other, the sound quickly evolved into a formulaic strings+handclaps +4/4 beat, paint-by-numbers way for record companies to capitalize on …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Tarika Blue “Tarika Blue” (1977, Chiaroscuro Records)

The realities of winter are becoming much more evident these past few days. The cold wind is slowly breaking through the left over crispness of fall and the darkness of night has crept in and stolen more of the afternoon glow. I hate winter. He is a guest who overstays …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Bruce Haack “I Like Christmas” (1981)

I’m a huge fan of almost all music themes. I could playlist music for hours and hours, trying to find the perfect selections to fit the context. Christmas is the one exception. I can’t stand it. Christmas music usually falls in two very distinct categories: extremely sappy and kitch or melodramatic songs …

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

Forgotten Treasure: Logic “Blues For You” (1994)

Logic‘s “Blues For You” released in 1994 on Strictly Rhythm, quite simply one of the greatest house tracks of all-time, with production by Wayne Gardiner, one of 90’s house music’s unsung heroes. He also made tracks under a few other aliases including Classic Man, Track Masters, Essence and Sound Source. Listening …

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Forgotten Treasure: King Tim III “Charley Says”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: King Tim III “Charley Says” (1980)

King Tim III is considered by some to be the first ever recorded rapper (This has been argued and debated over the years). He first appeared on The Fatback Band‘s “Personality Jock” back in 1979, which peaked at #26 on the R&B charts, staying on there for eleven weeks. Most …

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