- Audio CD (15 Oct. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Strut
- ASIN: B00004SRJY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1976 was the year that Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa '70 released 8 albums!! Amongst this feverish creativity, Fela and his musical director/kit drummer Tony Allen made sure that they still found time for the Progress sessions, which saw Tony and his music enjoying the view from the Afrika '70 driver's seat for the second time. Progress is a swaggering swinging groove, an Afrobeat classic in the style of Fela's Shakara. Just as the tune begins to really rock and Fela's horn goes into punchy overdrive, the singers slide into a vibrant call and response sequence, the wish/prayer for good luck and success which is Progress. This timely reissue of the remastered tracks, twenty years after they became totally unobtainable, means that you can get your hands on some blissfully slamming tunes. On this album the innovation is the devastating percussive encounter that is Afro-Disco-Beat. The defiant horn riff frames an extraordinary drum solo which never fails to fill dancefloors and keep them sweatily spellbound. Tony Allen is undoubtedly a world class contender behind the drum kit, alongside greats like Philly Jo Jones, Art Blakey and Tony Williams--just listen to those drums.--Max Reinhardt