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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sparse blues, 20 Feb. 2007
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Mark Shackelford "mark shackelford" (Worthing, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ali Farka Toure (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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like blues guitar and African music..., 16 Jan. 2008
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Kamran Rahman (London) - See all my reviews
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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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