- Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Disconforme
- ASIN: B00003L28L
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,103,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By Cyrus Kayvan - Published on Amazon.com
Alright, I read the previous review shortly after I got this record and didn't know what to make of it. I'm a big fan of Osibisa and Afro-Funk in general. This is not an "afro-funk" record at all, but what it is two bands of this genre combining, Osibisa and If in this case, to record a Afro-Funk/Prog/Jazz/Rock fusion album. And I have to say that it makes for a very interesting listen. Yes, some songs do stand out much more than others, such as "Cobra Woman" & "Mah Jong", and at times it seems that this group falls back into the familiar ways of their respective bands. But as a fan of rock music that doesn't come from America or Europe, I think that the music on this record is amazing. There are many bands from around the world, especially Africa, that try their hand at some type of rock n roll, but the problem is always that when you hear their music, you can tell that these guys are "just visiting", they cut a few rock inspired songs and move on. Zzebra on the other hand are very much at home with this music, when you hear these songs, you'll know what I mean. I admit, it's not for everybody, but if your hip enough to know who Zzebra is, then this record is well worth seeking out.
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By Mark53 - Published on Amazon.com
Supergroups are a strange entity. On the whole the expectation far outweighs their worth (anyone remember that disaster KGB?) Zebra comprises members from If and Osibisa. Heavy rock watchers should also notice ex-Gillan bassists John McCoy's involvement. I've always loved Terry Smith's guitar playing, fluid and exceptionally fast he should be spoken of in the same awe as say-Allan Holdsworth (proof? 'sector 47' on If 4) on this his guitar playing is fine paticularly on 'hungry horse' but te whole album is let down by below par songwriting. It just isn't very good. The Osibisa influence outweighs the If's and it shows 'Mr J' is plain tedious and Dave Quincey's tenor is used more as a background influence which is a shame, his solo's with If were always a high point. I brought this on vinyl when it came out and wasn't impressed and now thinking maybe i made a mistake i've brought this reissue. It still is a mistake. Shame.
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