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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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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Eddie Palmieri “In Concert At The University Of Puerto Rico” (1971, Coco Records)

After watching Eddie Palmieri perform last week, I posted a picture on Instagram with the caption “I want to put Eddie Palmieri in a time capsule. So in case thousands of years from now Puerto Ricans no longer exist and they speak of us like they do of lost civilizations, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Toto “Mama” (1979)

This forgotten treasure selection goes out to Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for Grammy-winning rock band Toto who died over the weekend. Ok, i’ll be honest I’m not a Toto expert. I had always considered it to be the kind of soft-rock / adult-contemporary music that you would hear …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Forgotten Treasure: J.T “I Love Music” (1983)

As a DJ, sometimes sharing some of your secret gems and special dance-floor weapons isn’t always easy. But when you run a website, radio show or record store you pretty much have no choice but to share those discoveries and that’ll focus your energy on digging for some more gems! This …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Limmie Funk Ltd ‎”Saturday Night’s The Night” (1978, Psycho)

I live in a pretty rubbish town, 22 miles outside of London, with no real record shops apart from one middle aged guy who was into collecting psych, rock, and Beatles stuff. He had a very small shop/unit where most stuff he picked up was from charity shops, carboot sales …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: The Return “New Day” (1999)

Definition of a Forgotten Treasure right here: a completely overlooked late 90’s gem on 4th Floor Records and produced by Jose “Choco” Reynoso under the “The Return” moniker. When covering Forgotten Treasure records, we have a soft spot for artists or projects that only saw one release, but an amazing …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Mantronix “Bassline” (1986, Sleeping Bag Records)

I’ve always considered myself very lucky to have lived part of my teens in the golden age of hip-hop music. But then when I listen to a record like Mantronix‘s “Bassline” I can only imagine how special the energy must have been in the mid 80’s when rap and house …

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