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Nigeria Afrobeat Special: the New Explosive Sound in 1970's Nigeria
Nigeria Afrobeat Special: the New Explosive Sound in 1970's Nigeria
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Busy! Mind Your Business!, 26 Feb. 2010
3.5 stars. A pretty strong compilation with few bummers, and a previously
unreleased Fela track. To get the original 45 version of "Who're you?" was
the main reason for buying it, but even if this version contains some good
moments, it's not a Fela classic, and too careless compared to his best work.

The big nugget here comes from Saxon Lee & The Shadow Internationals
with "Mind Your Business". I've heard it at least 30 times the last two days
and am still amazed when I play it. 10 minutes of pure afrobeat bliss!
The rhythm section and the organ gets into a killer groove. It struts along
with a walking rhythm that could make hippos swing their giant yash with
ease, and is something related to reggae. Everything here comes up smoking;
the rhythm section, the horns, the scratchy guitar. As funky as it gets!

The singer Pax Nicholas was also a background singer and percussionist for
Fela's Africa 70, and released a solo-album called "Na Teef Know de Road
of Teef", that Fela supposedly told him to never play again, when he heard
how strong it was. I don't think the "Na Teef" album is that strong, the title
track is good, but too repeating and I can't imagine it got Fela sweating.
But if he heard "Mind Your Business" he would at least have turned up
the air-condition. And burned one down. What a groove!
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Move Your Hand
Move Your Hand
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Grinding SoulJazz Groovers!, 9 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Move Your Hand (Audio CD)
Just do as the man says, and move your hand.
Move it for some of the funkiest slow grooves ever
made in the name of souljazz, move it for the master
of the B-3 organ and mooove your hand for the title
track alone, a song that is so cool it makes people
put on shades before they go to bed.

Recorded in State
Recorded in State
Price: £17.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic! Indie-Country-Rock With A Hip-Hop Twang!, 21 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Recorded in State (Audio CD)
Togheter with Jon Spencer Blues Explosions "Orange" and New Kingdom's
hiphop freak-out; "Paradise Don't Come Cheap", this is one of the most
original and strangely overlooked albums of the 90s.
IndieCountryRock with a hip-hop twang!

Deutsche LP Record, Your Kingdom To Dust and Choke Bore are all
great songs, but East Winter is the real standout here.
A slow-burning tale about isolation, done in the coolest manner
available to mankind in 1998...Yeah Yeah! I never tire of this song.
As the other reviewer stated: weird and brilliant.

You should also check out Scott 4 & Magic Car's "European Punks LP",
It was released 3 years later and goes in a completely different
direction than Recorded In State LP.
The title track is a gospelpop masterpiece, clocking in at 09:33, and
in some ways superior to a song like Blur's "Tender". Where Blur go
a bit sentimental, Scott 4 just goes straight to the moon.
I think they drag the chorus too long in the end, and they are diving
into the cheesetrap, but flowing instrumental parts(that wouldn't be out
of place on Air's "Moon Safari") and hilarious lyrics makes it work.
Any song that starts with; "I'm a legoman in a yellow viking jumpsuit"
got to be taken seriously. Heh heh heh!

If you're into some of these artists; Soul Coughing, Ween, Beck, Jon
Spencer Blues Explosion, Quickspace, Beta Band or New Kingdom, then
this could hit the spot.

PS! I see the favourable reviews have been slaughtered by Billy Bob
below, and I would like to point out that the artists I have listed
doesn't hold a direct resemblance to Scott 4, it's a indication of my
personal taste.

Goodbye Cruel World Hello Crue
Goodbye Cruel World Hello Crue
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Price: £33.51

4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Alt. Country Realeses From 2009, 16 Jan. 2010
Very good album, it's a bit uneven, but it's got a broken charm about it, and
songs like "Long White Desert Rose" and "Trouble" are amongst the best I've
heard this year. "Desert Rose" is really kicking up the dust, a saturday night
juke joint rocker. "Trouble" is a 7 minute monsterjam, and a song that have
some things in common with a couple of Pavements better freak outs.
If you like this one, you should also check out their first album, "A Celebration
Of Hunger" from 2007.

Echoes Hypnotiques Vol.2; From the Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979
Echoes Hypnotiques Vol.2; From the Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979
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Price: £13.37

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REISSUE OF THE YEAR!, 3 Dec. 2009
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Considering the status of Fela Kuti it's unbelivable that a band as incredible
as the Poly Rythmo have been submitted to dust for so long. This is even better
than "The Vodoun Effect", and easily wins the price of reissue of the year.
When The Orhestre Poly Rythmo lock in on the groove they are capable of making
an elephant shake his giant yash like the tail of an alligatooor in heat!

I'm in awe! Songs like Houe Djein Nada, Agnon Dekpe, Gan Tche Kpo, Malin Kpon O
and Azon De Ma is right up there with Fela.
The music is a highly original and hypnotic combination of traditional rhythms,
funk, soul, latin and afrobeat. And at times the organ bring a psychedelic rock
n roll feeling to their music.
Even the weaker(as in less amazing!)songs have some astonishing moments.
The rythms are both infectious and highly complex. Sensational stuff!

This is the fourth time Analog Africa comes up with a regular goldmine, and as always
they deliver a beautiful, informative package in addition to the music.

Get it! Twice!!

Daptone Gold
Daptone Gold
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24-Carat-Solid-Soul-And-Funk-Nuggets!, 2 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Daptone Gold (Audio CD)
I got just about everything from Daptone, and this is a mighty fine
collection from the label that bring you soul and funk that's so
juicy it GOT TO be squeezed!
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings takes centre stage with seven songs, and you
get modern soul/funk classics such as "How long do I have to wait for you",
"Got a thing on my mind" and "Stranded in your love".
Sharon Jones! WHAT A WOMAN! The Dap-Kings! WHAT A BAND!
Miss Jones is a masterful soul vocalist with impeccable control, and she
got that raw, sweet gospel-trained voice that hit you somewhere deep.
This mama is cookin' with ease!

Some tracks are on CD for the first time, and amongst them you'll find
fantastic songs from Charles Bradley, Binky Griptite, Sharon Jones and
Lee Fields. Other outstanding songs by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
and Menahan Street Band makes this an essential buy for funk, soul and
groove merchants.
The only thing I hold against it, is that I would have choosen other
titles by The Budos Band. I think songs like "Origin of man", "T.I.B.W.F"
and "Aynotchesh Yererfu" are a lot stronger than the ones picked here.
You could say the same about a couple of the Dap-Kings tracks, but
that's minor criticism, because this is a regular goldmine, so you could
just as well shoot cotton bullets at the moon.

Famous last words:
If you are unfamiliar with Daptone, and for some strange reason find it
hard to trust a man who entitles himself Dr. Funk Alligatoor(heh heh!),
here are some other stuff I love: James Brown, Fela Kuti, John Lee
Hooker, Nina Simone, Ann Peebles, Tom Waits, Pavement, Pixies, PJ
Harvey, Bill Callahan, Sparklehorse, Wu-Tang Clan & Beck.

Well, if that didn't make it easier your taste is too expensive to repair!

Legends Of Benin
Legends Of Benin
Price: £17.83

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Get It! They Got It!, 15 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Legends Of Benin (Audio CD)
Another real peach from the amazing Analog Africa label. Togheter with "African
Scream Contest" they are responsible for 2 two of the best afrobeat/funk
compilations ever released.
Highlites include El Rego's "E Nan Mian Nuku", a song that sounds like nothing else,
carried by one of the sweetest grooves I've ever heard and Antoine Dougbe's
"Nou Akuenon Hwlin Me Sin Koussio", which is rightly hailed as an african reggae
As always with Analog Africa, you get a great booklet in addition to the music, and
it's a very good read, with lots of interesting background stuff, interviews and
some funny anecdotes.
If you dig Fela Kuti, James Brown, Tony Allen, Funk and Afrobeat, then this GOT TO
be your bag. And while your're at it, get "African Scream Contest", and both volumes
with the stunning Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou.

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Price: £6.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King Of Afrobeat And All Things Funky, 13 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Zombie (Audio CD)
If you are unfamiliar with Fela this is a great place to start. I own just about everything the man
recorded, and if I had to pick just one album, I'd start here. This is some of the most powerful
and funky music ever made, and if you had to give just one musician the title of "The Rhythm King",
Fela Kuti would be the only contender standing tall next to James Brown.

Miles Davis once said that Fela's music was the music of the future, and in more ways than one I
think he was right. Afrobeat are on the rise again, with bands like Antibalas, Karl Hector & The
Malcouns, Nomo, Vampire Weekend, The Budos Band, Ebo Taylor and Fela's own son Seun Kuti, doing
their spin on afrobeat or being under the influence.
Fela will always be the Undisputed King Of Heavy Heavy Afrobeat, and even though he is loved and
recognized amongst funkateers and musicians alike, the man is still criminally underrated.
A true genius.

I'm not sure how to say it, but there is something majestic about Fela's sound. Especially in the
horn sections. And it's music for all occasions. Are you meeting your friends for a drinking session
at a smokefilled nightclub? Play Fela. Late night dancing? Fela. A funeral? Fela. Weddings? Fela.
National anthem? Fela.
It's strange that a country like Italy, for instance, doesn't have a Fela song as their national anthem.
Songs about corruption, dictatorship, media-control and bad ledership should be perfectly suited for Italy.

If you want to pick up other classic albums by Fela, try these first, as they are just as good as "Zombie":
"Opposite People/Sorrow, Tears And Blood", "Roforofo Fight/Fela Singles" and "Shakara/London Scene".

Complete Hi Records Vol. 1 1969 - 73
Complete Hi Records Vol. 1 1969 - 73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Soul Singers Ever - From The Golden Era Of Hi Records!, 12 Nov. 2009
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Even if your interest in soul music is thin as a slice of cheese, you STILL
got to gave this! An amazing collection of songs from one of the rawest,
sexiest, deepest, meanest, sweetest soul singers that ever lived, backed up
by the super tight Hi Rhythm section, a unit that put some serious weight in
for those of you who thinks less is more. They got that raw, funky edge to
their music, and never sound boring, calculated or too slick.
For me, they are only equalled by Booker T. & The MGs as the best backing
band from this period, and it`s easy to hear that someone like Bosco Mann
from Daptone Records has picked up a few tricks from these guys.

Ann Peebles, Good God! What a voice!
She's got to be one of the most under-appreciated singers ever.
She really should be mentioned alongside Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin.
If I had to recommend just one female soul singer for people who are more into
funk than soul, or think a lot of soul music is too smooth or sentimental , I
would go for Ann Peebles.

38 songs, and there is hardly a bad one amongst them.
It's impossible to pick favorites, the quality runs right through this one, but
nevertheless; "Trouble, heartaches and sadness" got to be one of the greatest
heartbreak songs ever made(It's been sampled for another masterpiece;
"Shadowboxin" from GZA's "Liquid swords".) and songs like "Make Me Yours",
"Somebody On Your Case", "I Pity The Fool", "I Take What I Want", "Heartaches
Heartaches", "I Can`t Stand The Rain" and "Run Run Run" are just smoking
good tunes.

My World
My World
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - a modern soul classic, 12 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: My World (Audio CD)
The people behind Desco, Soulfire, and now Daptone Records & Truth And Soul,
continue to produce funk and soul music that sometimes stand right alongside
the real thing from the late 60s and early 70s.
Lee Fields has been around for quite some time, and this really should be his
breakthrough record.
"Honey dove" is amazing, this is the third time he has recorded it, and this
time Lee Fields & The Expressions gets everything right. It a modern soul
classic, with Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss and the rest of The Expressions
cooking with natural soul behind Mr. Fields. Other smoking tracks are "Money
Is King", "My World" and the cool instrumental "Expressions Theme".

If you are a newcomer to the modern funk and soul scene, and want to check out
some other stuff, I highly recommand these albums:
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 days, 100 nights.
Sugarman Three - Pure Cane Sugar.
The Whitefield Brothers - In The Raw.
Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - I'm Thankful.
The Budos Band - The Budos Band.
Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming.

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