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PIRATES CHOICE

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Circuit
  • ASIN: B00005K9NM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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'Pirates Choice' was recorded in two-track studios in one take - no overdubs, no second thoughts - and done with such ease and effortlessness that it has become truly a slice of history. First released on World Circuit in 1989, the album captured the legendary Senegalese group Orchestra Baobab in one of their last studio sessions in 1982. The album is an undiluted, soulful and mellow session where the musicians laid down rhythmic grooves over favourite Baobab songs, revealing the huge influence Cuban music had on them. This re-release is remastered, repackaged and augmented with a second CD of 6 previously-unissued bonus tracks. Personnel: Issa Cissako - (tenor saxophone), Barthelemy Attisso - (lead guitar), Papa Ba - (rhythm guitar), Adama Sarr - (guitar), Charlie Antoine N'Biay - (bass), Balla Sidibe - (vocals, timbales), Radolphe Gomis, Nbjanga Dieng, Medoune Diall, Mapenda Seck - (vocals), Mountaga Kouyate - (percussion, tumba)

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The original Pirates Choice vinyl album makes up disc one of this two-CD set of the same name. It was originally released in France, then reissued by World Circuit in 1989. These tracks were initially available on cassette in Senegal, and the arguably superior disc two unearths the copious remainder of those sessions. Named after the Dakar club where they became resident, Baobab first formed in 1970. This remastered set marks the band's reunion after well over a decade apart. Here, their mood is one of reclining, with a potent Cuban rumba influence providing a languorous swaying motion, each track taking its time to unwind. These numbers represent the Orchestra at its most laid-back, especially when compared to their more abrasive works (1981's Sibou Odia, for instance). Baobab could boast a pool of five singers, their lyrics moving from Wolof to Spanish, backed up by an array of percussion and guitars. Issa Cissoko's creamy tenor saxophone and Barthelemy Atisso's floaty guitar were crucial to the band's sound, providing articulate solo voices that curve and curl around the chorus lines. --Martin Longley

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Orchestra Baobab's smooth and sweet synthesis of traditional African and popular Caribbean styles produced one of the most distinctive sounds to come out of West Africa. Mellow and funky brass grooves and the silkiest of guitar lines combine to give the flavours of salsa, rumba and Senegalese rhythms.
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Baobab are a fantastic band, but this re-issue of a re-issue really shows how marketing muscle makes a difference, even in the perceived "backwater" of World Music. I'm not saying that this is a bad record - far from it, it's brilliant, but there are certainly two other equally good recordings ("Bamba" and "On Verra Ca") which languish in a few specialist shops, simply because they do not have the Buena Vista Social Club dollars to promote them. This may sound negative - I don't mean it to be; but if you search out the other CDs I've mentioned (as well as buying this one) you will thank me for it. The title track of "Bamba" has a delicious "saudade" which surpasses anything on this collection - and for that matter, any other single track in the whole Senegalese repertoire.
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The snaking guitar and meandering trumpet introduce the sad sounding lyric to the delicate opening track,"utra horas." You immediately know you´re listening to something very special.
The upbeat,"ledi Ndie M´boj," follows with it´s sprightly rhythms. This group have a stunning range and work brilliantly in tandem together. What strikes you is their harmony as musicians and the huge range of styles. For a start the singing is in a patois of French, Spanish and african languages.
My favourite has to be the fourth track with it´s flowing trumpet and driving guitar, I love the bassy solo.
Things cool off a little bit on the second CD but the group showcase their more subtle side.
This is a record to uplift you and an excellent gateway into West African music. It also serves to show you the influence that African music has had on other musical styles. This is a real treasure in my music collection and I recommend it to all those with an interest in broadering their musical horizons. A classic.
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By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2002
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This is a welcome re-issue of famous recordingsof the eighties. It is sweet like Bissap it is fierce like the scotch bonnet pepper. From Docteur Nico to Bembeya ,From Baobab to Rail Band of Mali
The music has the flavour that all these musicians tried to capture a blend of African Arabic European and Caribean punch.
People keep asking Where is this from? Senegal Where else
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I'm delighted to see reissued on CD. I have this on vinyl but played it to death, and the last time I searched for it, it was only available in the US on import (from where?). Buy it, it will become one of your most precious possesions. It's all fantastic, but Soldadi stands out as the most enchanting, gentle song I've ever heard. Improve your quality of life - order it today!
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