Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Kay Robinson “We Need Time” (1970, King Records)

(Dedicated to the Charleston Nine, Sandra Bland, and Mary Elizabeth Guthrie) Jesus is a popular dude… and he didn’t play the drums. Growing up in the Black American church in the 1980s, I was exposed to a more modern form of Gospel music, and coming from a family of singers, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Leon Ware “Musical Massage” (1976)

On my top 5 albums of all time lies Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. When it comes to pure sensual soul nothing tops the mix of Marvin’s voice with the amazing mix of musicality that weaves its way throughout that album. It is an album I have heard my entire …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Throwback Thursdays
Soul & Funk

Classic Mixes: Theo Parrish “Methods of Movement” (2000)

Whether you are a fan Disco, Soul, Funk or Detroit Techno, Deep House the name Theo Parrish should already be familiar. Since the mid-90’s he has been one of the most important artists in contemporary electronic music in the last 20 years. One of the few truly excellent Producer AND Dj he also …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

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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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Willie Lindo “Far & Distant” (1974)

A legendary session guitarist as well as producer for such greats as Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest, Willie Lindo is much too bright a gemstone to be left uncovered. I stumbled onto him on one of my YouTube-digging runs with the homie 80rock when we discovered Midnight, a sumptuous piece …

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Forgotten Treasure: Flowers “For Real”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Flowers “For Real” (1976)

“Stay for the summer!”, they said. “It’s a completely different city when it’s hot!”, they said. I’m only just starting to understand what they were talking about. I arrived in Montreal last October and so far most of my experience of this great city has been steeped in icy slush …

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The Marriotts - Tell It Like It Is
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Marriotts “Tell It Like It Is” (1969)

It’s hard to believe that a piece of music, especially in this day and age, can be discovered but without any knowledge as to where it originated. The Marriotts‘ Tell It LIke It Is is one of these rarities – no information about the artist can be found on discogs.com …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Dwight Sykes & Jahari “Fire & Desire”

Guest contribution from: Andrew Morgan (Peoples Potential Unlimited) “When Dwight Sykes gets down and dirty repairing one of the trucks for his father’s refuse business, he thinks as much about cranking out songs as he does fixing a crankshaft. He has a dream and he figures he can write his own …

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Donnie & Joe Emerson "Baby" (1979)
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Donnie & Joe Emerson “Baby” (1979)

Before all else, let’s just take a minute to mourn the bygone era of gold medallions, home-cooked slow jams, and matching Elvis jumpsuits. Donnie and Joe Emerson were teenagers when they put together Dreamin’ Wild. Two brothers, playing and consuming and recording and breathing music, living away from the city, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Leo’s Sunshipp “We Need Each Other” (1978)

“We Need Each Other” by US funk & soul group Leo’s Sunshipp is a record that despite it’s absolute beauty has always struck me as mystery. The first thing that has always puzzled me is the odd cover art which would seem more à propos for a late 60’s flower power …

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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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