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Nigeria Rock Special

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B0016A8E6K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ofege - Adieu
2. The Action 13 - More Bread to the People
3. The Hygrades - In the Jungle (Instrumental)
4. The Wings - Odenigbo
5. Ofo The Black Company - Eniaro
6. The Elcados - Ku Mi Da Hankan
7. Mono Mono - Kenimania
8. Tabukah `X' - Finger Toe
9. The Funkees - Acid Rock
10. Colomach - Cotocun Gba Gounke
11. Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound - Another Man's Thing
12. Question Mark - Freaking Out
13. Original Wings - Igba Alusi
14. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D'Eru Ri
15. BLO - Chant To Mother Earth

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A fascinating look at the underground Rock scene in 1970s Nigeria, this unique collection shines a light on the flipside to the well-documented sounds of Highlife and Afrobeat coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s – young bands caught up in the wave of Psychedelic and Progressive Rock that was sweeping Europe and the States in the late 60s and early 70s. The sounds of Jimi Hendrix and bands like Santana had started to seep into the mainly soul–based sets of a handful of young bands playing Western-influenced pop in West Aftrica. Spurred on by Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s visits to Lagos and his band Airforce (featuring many Nigerian musicians), the sound of fuzzed-out Rock reverberated around the universities and nightspots of Lagos and Ibadan. This compilation contains 15 of the best cuts from the scene, available for the first time in 30 years. Tracks: Ofege - Adieu / The Action 13 – More Bread to the People / The Hygrades – In the Jungle (Instrumental) / The Wings – Odenigbo / Ofo The Black Company – Eniaro / The Elcados – Ku Mi Da Hankan / Mono Mono – Kenimania / Tabukah ‘X’ – Finger Toe/ The Funkees – Acid Rock / Colomach – Cotocun Gba Gounke / Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound – Another Man’s Thing / Question Mark – Freaking Out / Original Wings – Igba Alusi Tunji Oyelana – Omoba D’Eru Ri / BLO – Chant To Mother Earth Also available on double gatefold vinyl SNDWLP011 (£8.50)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic rock 29 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
I took a real punt on this album, knowing nothing about the Nigerian Rock scene of the 70's. (or even that one existed for that matter!) I knew nothing about the musicians on this album. It just sounded really interesting. Listening to the album, I was so pleased that my gamble paid off in spades!

This whole album is a joy from start to finish, a real mix of styles - the classic rock/psychedelic feel of Hendrix, Cream and Santana mixed with an underscore of funk and some fabulous African rhythms. It's a really interesting blend and I think it's great.

More please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Unearthed Gems From The Vaults! 24 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
After purchasing and loving "Lazy Bones" by Witch and "Amanaz" by Africa and absolutely loving the two of them, I was eager to hear more abscure (to the western ear anyway) groovy 70's funk/rock delights from Africa. Hence the reason why I purchased this and "The Sound Of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor".

This is yet another secret treasure that has been buried away for decades! It is a compilation of the best tracks of various bands from the Nigerian Afrobeat Funk/Rock through the 70's. Some track are sung in English whilst the others are in one of the many languages native to Nigeria.

This is a fantastic collection. One that I would highly recommend to various rock 'geeks' around the world.

The thing about this, and other recent releases of the same ilk, is the sheer fluid-liquid groove factor that all of the tracks have. Some songs here are really upbeat, perky numbers you just can't resist dancing to and others are slightly heavier and spaced out.

My personal favourite tracks here are "Ku Mi Da Hanken" by The Elcados (featuring an amazing Jimi Hendrix/Eddie Hazel type guitar solo in the middle), "Another Man's Thing" by Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound and "Chant To Meother Earth" by BLO.

Most people (and I include myself in this) probably had a viewpoint of Africa in the 70's as being a war-torn, poverty and famine stricken place. This might be partly true but these release prove that there was also a thriving popular music scene mixing Afrobeat with the Western influences heard on the radio and from records. An utterly fantastic and eye-opening document of the times.

I for one am so grateful that there are record compiling 'geeks' out there who really care enough about music to release this amazing stuff and give it the wider audience it so thoroughly deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 9 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I consider Nigeria Disco Funk Special to be one of the very best albums I own, so I decided to check out a few other titles in the series. As I expected Nigeria Rock Special is absolutely fantastic too. The rhythms are ridiculously infectious and the attitude of the music is just so cool. It's exactly what it says on the tin: seriously funky, African psychedelic rock. Love it! Now to buy the rest of the series...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Although a bit unrefined, still very original 17 Dec 2009
By The O
Format:Audio CD
Raw energy, although low quality of recording. Captures the nigeria 70s rock/funk/Fela Kuti scene.. A lot of drive and african tempos...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Soundway gem 29 May 2008
By M. Ewing - Published on
The third in Soundway's anthologies of 70s Nigerian music, Nigeria Rock Special has perhaps the loosest theme. There's not a lot of straight rock or psychedelia here, at least not what you might expect. That doesn't make it any less compelling, though. There are tons of comps of kids in garages making music from all over the world, but none of it sounds like this; fuzz guitar and organ filtered through highlife and afro-beat. A huge thanks, too, for the exhaustive liner notes.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely smoking - tight recording - high level of talent - positive party vibe 4 Jun 2008
By K. Aaron - Published on
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Amazingly before its' time. Afrobeat nowadays, while great, holds nothing on this. Mega soulful and authentic. Tight arrangements. Obvious influences from Santana abound, and a bit of Jimi. ALL good. Friends will be swaying their behinds, unconsciously, and unself-consciouslsy. A great Party starter. Irresistable.

Any Fan of King Sunny Ade will be advised of his influences and compatriots that helped make him ( along with his smile, effervescent personality and supelative band ) one of the pure best acts of all time, in all genres, in my Humble opinion.....

Other than that, it is just an OK recording. lol.....

Get it, and sway.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars my least favorite Soundway compilation 2 July 2008
By loud wizard - Published on
This is a good record, but if you're hoping for some good raw African funk, this isn't the comp for you. Most West African music from this time, even from the rock groups, had strong, propulsive grooves, but the work on this record is much more Santana than James Brown.

It's probably not fair to judge this record on what it isn't rather than what it is, but such is life. If you want hard-pushing West African tunes, try Nigeria Disco Funk Special, one of the Ghana Soundz comps, or best of all, African Scream Contest. If you're like me, though, you'll probably want them all.
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