One song that always springs to mind when thinking of all the songs that I;ve lost or misplaced over the years is by Dorothy Ashby and today I manged to go to my CDs (currently in storage) to track it down. This is so simplistically beautiful and stands out as a top twenty song for me.
I got it years ago on Andy Votel's first compilation for Fat City Recordings 'Special Brew' Series, called Finders Keepers. (I've posted one tune by Andy Votel here and in fact it stylistically reminds me of this one.)
Votel describes this tune, Dorothy Ashby's 'Joyful Grass and Grape' as such:
A beautiful eastern symphony from Chicago's seminal cadet label. The funky harpist who evidently enjoyed a drink or two brings us a stand-out track from her ultra-rare 'Rubyant of...' lp produced by the legendary Richard Evans of Rotary connection/ Marlena Shaw fame."
Read more about Dorothy Ashby at npr or Wikipedia
If you think you'd like the Finders Keepers compilation you can buy it below and also check out Votel's aptly named label, Finders Keepers, bringing "psychedelic / jazz / folk / funk / avant-garde and whacked-out movie musak to a lost world of undiscovered vinyl artifacts from the annals of alternative pop history. Catering to record collectors and DJ-producers alike with a huge emphasis on sample friendly soundscapes, rocksteady back-beats and primitive electronic experimentalism. Discerning purveyors of the bizarre and abnormal should expect the Japanese choreography records, space-age Turkish protest songs, Czechoslovakian vampire soundtracks, Welsh rare-beats, bubblegum folk, drugsploitation operatics, banned British crime thrillers and celebrity Gallic Martini advert.."
finders keepers @ fat city recordings (UK) or amazon (UK)
Rubyant of... @ dusty grooves