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Al Manfredi is the father of hip-hop producer Exile. Blue Gold is his little-known West Coast rock masterpiece from 1973. Manfredi’s dreams of securing a record deal with this album faded, but he spent the rest of his life recording music. In 1973 he chose six of his best songs, some of them written back in the Lost and Found (His old band) days, and had them custom-pressed as an LP. Only a handful of copies were pressed, and most of these were sent out to various record companies in the hope of landing a deal but despite the outstanding quality of the music, there were no takers. But decades later, collectors discovered the Al Manfredi album and hailed it a West Coast rock masterpiece. In his Acid Archives book, Patrick Lundborg called its discovery a deus ex machina and compared it to David Crosby’s first solo album and Hawaii-era Merrell Fankhauser, “not just the acutely captured mellowness, but the self-confidence and the talent.” This little-known West Coast rock masterpiece was rediscovered and celebrated by Acid Archives founder Patrick Lundborgand others around the time that Manfredi died in 1995. This version of the album, overseen by Manfredi’s son Exile,and with Manfredi’s story told by Ugly Things’ founder Mike Stax, presents the complete package of an incredible lost and found artist.