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  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000003QJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This early album contains very simple gentle African Blues. It is quieter and gentler than the wonderful "Savane" - but I thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for the roots of the Blues.

Ali Farka Toure has a tremendous "lived-in" voice - and his guitar playing is a perfect accompaniment to his blues.

So this is where "Rock'n'Roll" came from...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kamran Rahman VINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is definitely worth a listem if you like blues guitar and have an interest in African music, although its not particularly difficult to appreciate the subtle simple and at times hypnotic blues guitar that fills this album. Surprisingly, despite the fact that he is working with just a handful of very simple traditional african acoustic instruments and has limited himself to a particular mood of music (i.e. blues) Toure manages to put fresh and interesting emotions into each of the tracks on this album. I would say that is due to his skills as a musician and a vocalist - a combination that - if you think about it - is very rare in the English speaking music scene. Imagine the guitar work of Eric Clapton or John Lee Hooker (with whom Toure is very often compared) with the spine-tinglingly emotional voice of Peter Gabriel on something like "Don't Give Up", and you'll get an idea of what Toure achieves in this album, and you might understand why the locals loved him so much that he went on to become Mayor in his home town in Mali
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Mr Toure At His Best! 20 Dec. 2003
By BennyG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've owned the CD for nine years, and it has always stayed close to me. This is to my mind the best album available of Toure's music. As stated in the editorial review, it is bare bones acoustic. Ali's voice and guitar cut straight to the soul. He is accompanied by sparse but tasteful percussion.
I recommend this above the Talking Timbuktu album. It is a classic that belongs in every collection.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
You should buy this.. 17 Jan. 2000
By Strudel Doodle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have all of AFT's CD's that I have been able to find, this is probably my favorite. Great stripped down, bluesy feel. Somewhat reminiscint of country blues, with a twist.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Timeless Classic 27 Dec. 2002
By Benjamin de Menil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've 0wned this album for years and I never tire of it. Subtle and beautifull - my favorite of Ali's international releases.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A mellow gem 9 Dec. 2003
By Philip Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent collection of mellow African blues,nothing is too complicated in this music - really simple, organic sounds with beautiful rythems and wonderful guitar playing.I would recommend Toure to any serious music fan, and this is my personal favourite out of all his albums.
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A heads-up 30 May 2011
By John B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Potential buyers might like to know that this record is also available as the "Green" half of the 2-disc recording "Red and Green." The purchasing dilemma is that I don't know if the "Red" album is also available separately. No matter how much one becomes enamored of Toure's music, only the truly obsessed will want to own every single recorded iteration of it.

The curious-but-adventurous might consider listening to the samples here and then, if you like what you hear, go ahead and spring for "Red and Green"--you'll get more of the same on the "Red" disc, too.

But don't read this as discouraging you from this one. For those of you for whom money is a concern, this one all by itself is indeed as advertised/reviewed here. This is Toure before he became well-known in the West; not a lot spent on production values, so the sound is a bit brittle, but you get beautiful, hypnotic grooves that are "bluesy" not in the 12-bar sense but certainly in the Chris Thomas King "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" sense. Great for long roadtrips through land where the sky is big.
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