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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: The Brooklyn Sounds “Libre:Free” (Salsa Records, 1973)

New York City birthed salsa. Back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when the first generation Nuyorican population was bridging Puerto Rico with Nueva York, the rhythms they gave life to, and equally gave them life, was salsa. It was an ill combination of various rhythms from Puerto Rico, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: The Blue Bells “Come Along” (1976)

Absolutely fantastic slept-on roots gem from the mid-70’s. Perfect for a cold winter day. “Come Along” was the biggest hit from The Blue Bells: Hector Wright (Lead) + and Raphael Martin (Harmony) and produced by Wright. It was recorded at Lee Scratch Perry‘s legendary Black Ark Studios. One of the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Piero Umiliani “Cantata per Maryam” (1973)

An absolute essential taken from the soundtrack of 1973 cult erotic movie “La Ragazza Fuoristrada” This is one incredible cool & level headed ’70s soundtrack by Italian film score producer, Piero Umiliani. Underrated movie but the soundtrack is a sureshot key that features a set of killer groovy, jazzy, exotic …

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Forgotten Treasures

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

I was sorting through tracks for another project when I randomly stumbled upon this absolutely delicious christmas nugget. Gotta give credit to my homie Mr. Guan of the Loud Minority in Vienna as it was in a stash of tracks he gave me; pretty awesome timing to discover it after …

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Nohelani Cypriano “Lihue”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure : Nohelani Cypriano “Lihue” (1977)

I’ve been known to let videos speak for themselves when it comes to the 80’s. (Check out this post on Midnight Express’ “Danger Zone”) Well this track is no different, when I heard it on a Hawaiian music compilation LP (Home Grown vol.2) I was blown away by the bassline …

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Forgotten Treasure: Sun Palace “Rude Movements”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Sun Palace “Rude Movements” (1983)

This might win an award for one of the best B-Sides ever. “Rude Movements” is the B-Side to a single called “Winning” by Sun Palace who only put out this single under that production name. It was a huge track in NYC during the days of legendary clubs like Paradise …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco

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 Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Ackie “Call Me Rambo” (1986)

Crucial UK Dancehall treasure from the mid-80’s originally released on the Heavyweight label (also a UK based sound system), featuring production by Chester Roots and Ackie on the vocals. You will also recognize a very nice appearance from a Commodore 64 sample at the beginning of the track. Killer Helicopter …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Phil Ranelin “Vibes From The Tribe” (1976)

You might have heard of Phil Ranelin on Madlib’s righteous all in tribute to a series of his jazz heroes from the 60’s and mainly 70’s “The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble” (Shades of Phil, for Phil Ranelin) Phil Ranelin was a prolific session trombonist and was indebted …

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