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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

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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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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