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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original, and best!, 25 May 2003
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This review is from: The Shed Sessions (Audio CD)
This album is a complete collection of all the Bhundu Boys' early recordings, made before they were introduced to the rest of the world. This is a must have album for anyone who is already familiar with their music. And for anyone new to Zimbabwean or African music, this is as good a place as any to start your collection.
This is quite simply, fantastic music! On the first CD especially, Rise Kagona's lead guitar shimmers, slices accross, and interweaves effortlessly and impeccably with a vibrant rhythm section, and the result is music of remarkable complexity and sophistication. You can dance along to this if you want, however some of the rhythms are so complex it is as if there are 2 songs being played at the same time. This is music that demands to be listened to, in order to appreciate all its subtleties. Sometimes, for example on the 8 minute Faka Puresha, the music becomes trance-like and mesmerising; at others, it is extraordinarily beautiful; and look out for some brilliant drumming on Pendeke, one of my favourite tracks.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't die without hearing this, 1 July 2006
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This music gets you everywhere:- compelling rhythmns make your body twitch, sweet sweet guitar lines and riffs weave in and out and the tight vocal hooks get you humming along. So perfect, so beautiful, so happy - the tears will flow down your face. Perfect perfect perfect.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly, 3 Mar 2006
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These guys were superb musicians by any standards, and they invented a whole new idiom. Everything fits, bass, guitar, voices, drums. It's hard not to wonder what they might have done with more luck and more justice in the world. But this album is still something wondrous and, unfortunately, unique. Buy it and make everyone you know listen to it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start here!, 11 May 2004
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I've been a fan since I heard them on BBC Radio 1 in concert in the late 90s'. Unfortunately the fact at least 4 members of the band have passed away (as detailed in the fantastic CD case booklet) means we're unlikely to be hearing them live again. The hard rootsy/ mbira stuff here is really raw e.g. 'Manhenga', 'Hupenyu Hangu'...fantastic!!! There are only about 3 weakish tracks: the bland, boring 'Chimanimani' and 'Simbimbino' and the unimaginative, monotonous 'Muchihwa'. Very good audio quality. Viva chimurenga! (though am not so sure about Bob Mugabe!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Music of Freedom, 4 Jan 2012
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This is the music that epitomises Zimbabwe in the years immediately following independence - the sound playing from every shop down the Manica Road in the 1980s. Terrific! Buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superhero Biggie Tembo, 29 Aug 2003
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This music is so wonderful that it makes me cry - nothing is this good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Kershaw Favourite, 25 Feb 2014
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Ian Smith "growing old disgracefully" (Sotogrande, Spain) - See all my reviews
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Andy says in his bio that this is one of his favourite albums, which is good enough for me! Interestingly, I was looking for James Carr, another AK favourite, and this album came up, spooky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend, 24 Nov 2013
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Very glad to have found this gem, the early days of the Bhundu Boys, irrepressible, energetic, syncopated joy. This is the Bhundu album to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and marvel, 26 Aug 2013
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This album just gets better at every listening. The different rhythyms weaving through the tracks are a joy. Always something new to discover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased, 15 Oct 2009
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Same as the other reviews fantastic music,brilliant and trance like. First disc alot better than the second but still 5 stars.
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