2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2010
The sole Amazon customer review has bugged me for quite a while as (i) it's the only one on Amazon, (ii) initially it felt about right but (iii) after time, the three stars simply felt wrong. Ghana Soundz Volume II is a grower, where as the debut compilation was more of a case of impact on delivery. I'd go further and say that this has grown beyond the incredible standard set by the debut, thanks to stand out tracks standing out more, whilst the consistency of the overall package perhaps does fall short.
Here's what I'm getting at. Three picks from this record really make it a step up from the first: (i) Olufeme , (ii) Atwer Abroba and (iii) No Condition Is Permanent . The first has some fantastic horn section breaks, and Oscar packs an addictive punch in a surprisingly short space of time. The second now ranks as my most loved track from West Africa, as you here Ebo Taylor's genius musicianship allow all players to feature their solo's in this memorable workout. The third is straight up toughness and one for rare groove lovers to splice into Western DJ sets.
Across the fourteen tracks, the listener will find interesting temp's and 6/8 timing which means there are no fillers. Where the compilation falls short is the light hearted character of Simigwado by Ambolley, Gyedu Blay & The Steneboofs which featured on the first volume. That would be my only criticism, in that the compilation is less `cocky' than the first, and the omission of Ambolley perhaps left a gap that fourteen tracks couldn't fill. That aside, it's got fantastic liner notes and images, available on vinyl and "Atwer Abroba" will have you humming, whistling and toe tapping the moment it graces you ears.
Ghana Soundz Volume 1 made high life genuinely interesting; Volume 2 makes it seriously addictive. For the addiction to kick in, you need to let it grow.
One to grow on.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2005
I loved the first collection of Ghana music and have since bought more afro-beat/funk because of it. However, I thought this was a disappointing release with many of the tracks sounding too similar to ones on the first album. There are a few supberb tracks - the opening track by Oscar Sulley is fantastically funky and intricate and the James Brown raspy workout has it's charm...but other than that, I wasn't convinced