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Onkas Big Moka [VINYL]

4.1 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews

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  • Vinyl (11 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: S2
  • ASIN: B00004YU51
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well this record is one of the biggest growers in my collection, and has become welded to my CD player. The catchiness of the music is amazing. Tracks like "Dancing in the Moonlight" and "Achilles Heel" are proving themselves to be classics. These tracks have even hit the clubbing scene, making clubbers used to dancing to hard house learn to groove around.
Joseph Washbourne's lyrics are poetic in their simplicity and the whole record seems strangely reminiscent of some of the stuff of the 70's. Unapologetically mainstream, but lightyears ahead of most of the music in the charts. It's nearly a year for this record on the album charts now, and it keeps getting higher and higher, finally hitting the top ten after Christmas and staying there.
No review could be complete without a mention of Jamie Oliver's adverts and their "Dancing in the Moonlight" backing track, which has no doubt helped bring Toploader's music to an even wider audience. All I can say is that gradually everyone in my circle of friends has bought this album. If this is being replicated all across the UK, "Onka's Big Moka" could sell a ridiculously large number of units.
There are no duds on this album at all, every song has its proper place. I would give it five stars, only where would there be room for improvement if, as I expect, Toploader better this release with their next album?
Well done lads, keep up the good work.
Oh, and Joseph, get yourself signed up with some big shampoo company. Your hair's worth it!
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Format: Audio CD
I first heard Toploader at a Paul Weller concert a year or two ago, and whilst there I bought their "High Flying Bird" EP. Since then, barely a day has gone by that I haven't thought "I can't wait for their debut album!" The EP was really that good. The waiting has been a strange experience, as I have witnessed the releases of Achilles Heel, and Let The People Know barely even scratch the charts - such amazing songs yet no success - why? Early this year they released Dancing In The Moonlight, which I felt was not their usual style (they didn't write it) and not upto the standard of previous songs. However, this song was the first to get any serious airplay and really hit the charts, which was great because it felt like Toploader had finally "arrived." What's more, the more I heard the song, the more addicted I became to it - it's fantastic. I read that it's an old song and is actually the lead singer's favourite song of all-time. Then, a couple of months later, Achilles Heel got a re-release, and everyone was ready to give it a chance this time around. Of course, almost everyone who heard the song said it was one of the best songs in recent memory, so Achilles Heel really got the public fired up for the debut Album, Onka's Big Moka...which is fantastic! It's soooo full of raw energy; the lead singer puts everything he has into the songs, so much energy that it can feel electric at times. You really feel that they're all having a fantastic time playing their music, which is generally pretty happy, making it great summer fare. I have many favourites, but almost any listener would be gripped right from the start with the energetic Let The People Know (seems like a perfect song to listen to while running...Read more ›
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By A Customer on 14 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic - the one word to sum up this album perfectly. It's difficult to find an album which is both chilled yet uplifting but 'Onka's Big Moka' fits that catagory completely. The highlights would have to be 'Just Hold On' which for me is just the perfect summer song and 'Only for a While' - a great vocal performance on an absolutely fantastic song. What more can I say except bring on the next installment Toploader!!!
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Toploader are five young men who are clearly inflenced by the music collections of their older siblings.
"Onka's Big Moka" is the kind of music that swaggered around in the 70's which you understand isn't a bad thing.
Produced by long time collaborator of the "Manic Street Preachers" "Dave Eringa" this is a goodtime album that is full of feel good songs sung by mad-haired frontman "Joe Washbourn" with his whisky soaked vocals that make a love song sound genuine.
"Dancing in the Moonlight" is the song thanks to a well know supermarket everyone knows and loves this is the catchy pop song on the album, the standout track for me is "Achilles Heel" what a wonderful piano sound, good stuff from a recent band that sound like an old band on this collection...
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By A Customer on 17 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
After hearing "Dancing in the moonlight" I wasn't sure what else to expect after such a brilliant party record. However after hearing this album, I found that there was a whole lot more to Toploader. With the fantastic "Let the people know" to begin with it's a very uplifting sound. And it has to be said that "Achilles heel" is pure genius. Every track is wonderful in it's own way, and Joe's vocals are a golden asset to the band. This has to be one of the best albums of 2000, by far! I think my personal favourites are "Only for a while" and "Summer cycle" but "Just about living" is just so uplifting, it too, deserves mention. All in all a really great piece of music.
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