Ben Schwag is a music producer on a mission to save some classic soul recordings. Listen up.

They say the past is another country. Sure, but that doesn’t stop you from learning from it. The first time Ben Schwag was in a studio for a professional recording it was with Doug Shaw, Mike Kouzzi and David Shelley. He later produced and/or wrote with Johnny Guitar Watson, Curtis Mayfield, Rufus Thomas and George Williams of The Tymes.

Over the years, he accumulated tracks with a number of soul greats that were never released for a variety of reasons.  “Some of these recordings are invaluable,” says Schwag, “They are often the last known recordings. So we’ve given ourselves a mission to get them out before time – or a fire like the one that destroyed so many Universal masters in 2008 – means we lose them forever.” Scroll down to see which artists will be released from 2021 onwards.