Forgotten Treasure: Har-You Percussion Group “Sounds of the Ghetto Youth”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Har-You Percussion Group “Sounds of the Ghetto Youth” (1967)

Usually when I listen to youth or High-School band records, I am surprised to find one funky track that stands out. I had the rare chance of going through the opposite experience when I first heard the Har-You Percussion Group. Such a solid LP full of latin bangers could not …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Fertile Ground “Black Is…” (2004, Counterpoint Records)

It still seems like yesterday, and I still find it hard to believe, but it’s been more than a decade since Fertile Ground released this amazing record which has aged gracefully into our “forgotten treasures” section. Originating from Baltimore, but based in Atlanta, the soul-jazz sextet found great success in …

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Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Wally Badarou “Echoes” (1984)

With a wide range of contributions throughout the eighties, from Grace Jones’s “My Jamaican Guy” to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”, Waliou Jacques Daniel Isheola “Wally” Badarou was mainly known for playing a crucial role in Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios recording venture in the Bahamas. Often referred …

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Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure : Byrne & Barnes “An Eye For An Eye” (1981)

Over the last couple of years, Pascal Rioux at Favorite Recordings has reissued some essential long lost AOR/modern soul gems. From ‘‘A’’ Train to Greg Yoder, the quality never ceases to amaze. Just in time for summer, the West Coast cult classic “An Eye For An Eye” by duo Byrne …

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Soul Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Valgusesse (Estonian Compilation from Frotee Records)

“Records you didn’t know existed.” That’s the tagline from Estonian label Frotee and it’s been true so far, with their output doing a fine job of documenting the Eastern European country’s music heritage. Their latest release, Valgusesse, is an eight-track compilation profiling the sound archive of Estonian Public Broadcasting which …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Joe Harriott & Amancio D’Silva Quartet ‎”Hum Dono” (1969)

The combination of a Jamaican sax player and an Indian jazz guitarist getting together with a UK jazz elite in its hay day could be the stoned out fantasy of many pot smoking vinyl collectors. It’s also a music and cultural melting pot making up a real lost treasure in …

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Soul

Forgotten Treasure: 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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Field Recordings

Forgotten Treasure: Ring Games “Line Games and Play Party Songs of Alabama” (1953)

The last few years have brought many changes into my life. Getting older, I’ve taken a more serious approach to marriage and starting my own family. But, how would my wife and I be raising this family of ours. What type of diet would we consume? Would we be a …

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Beats Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: The ‎Prunes “Tracks From The Darkside” (1995)

Post from Lexis: “Whenever I’m invited to do a guest session on the great WEFUNK radio show I try to put together a selection that probably hasn’t been done before. And when you’re talking about a show that’s been going strong since 1996 it’s not easy to do something new. …

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