I thought this well of funkalicious goodness would run dry, or that there would be a reasonable lowering of the quality after a while, but Analog Africa just keep on pulling them in, buckets loaded with high grade funk, afrobeat and highlife.
Foregoing surveys of Angola, Benin, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria have resulted in an incredible amount of essential music from these dedicated groovediggers, and on the return flight to Ghana they have found a few more nuggets. This compilation covers the years from 1974 - 1983, when funk and afrobeat had a particular strong influence, and gave way to a more percussive style. The influence of James Brown was huge in Ghana.
"Even if James Brown sang a ballad, you could hear that there's something burning in him, it takes you back to the north of Ghana...the similarity with James Brown and the people up there - you could feel it. If he was a politician, he would win all the elections up there"
Ebo Taylor(Taken from the liner notes)
It was also during a visit to Ghana that Fela came up with the term afrobeat. After seeing a show with Gerald Pino, he said: " We entered this club...the whole place was jumping...after seeing Pino I knew I had to get my shit togheter. And quick!"
Afrobeat Airways 2 is not as awe-inspiring as African Scream Contest, The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo compilations or Legends Of Benin, but it's still very good and you'll find four great songs among the first five tracks. The two numbers with De Frank are fantastic. "Do Your Own Thing" has some great solos, and "Waiting For My Baby" contains the most infectious horn and rhythm section of all the songs, it sounds like an afrobeat version of Louie Louie. Childeren Don't Cry by Ebo Taylor Jr. is a great reworking of one of his fathers best tunes, and The Cutlass Band's "Obiara Wondo" is a fat and greasy cooker.
As always the compilation is extremely well put together, with histories, biographies, interviews, essays and pictures.
I'm down in my basement, stacking firewood for the winter, listening to this amazing music and taking notes. Bring on the cold and let hell freeze over, because the groove is heating up my house!
Another first class compilation from Analog Africa, 13 very rare high quality recordings of tracks from 70's and early 80's funky James Brown influenced dance music from Ghana, containing at least 6 real gems guaranteed to fill any dance floor.
What really sets this apart however is the packaging with a photo booklet which is an outstanding piece of art and worth the money alone, especially if it is included in the vinyl package.
Check out their other releases
1. "Aja Wondo" - Uppers International [...] 2. "Children Don't Cry" - Ebo Taylor Jnr. 3. "Do Your Own Thing" - De Frank [...] 4. "Obiara Wondo" - The Cutlass Band 5. "Waiting For My Baby" - De Frank and His Professionals 6. "Wope Me A Ka" - The African Brothers 7. "Kana Soro" - Los Issufu and his Moslems 8. "Gbei Kpakpa Hife Sika" - Waza-Afriko 76 9. "Loose Up Yourself" - Rob 10. "I Beg" - Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi 11. "Abrabo" - K. Frimpong 12. "Say Min Sy Soh" - Pierre Antoine and Vis-a-Vis [...] 13. "God Is Love" - Complex Soundz