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King Sunny AdéAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 30, 1989)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B000003QJD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polyrhythmic juju music from Nigeria May 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
King Sunny Ade's 16-piece band, the African Beats, includes five guitarists and five percussionists. Together, they build up multiple layers of rhythms that back up Ade and his (also five) backup singers the way the ocean lifts a boat. Most of the songs settle into extended grooves. Highlights are Ase (with a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder) and "Gboromiro".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! August 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sunny at his prime. A superb mix of juju music destined to be a classic as with most of his work. This is juju music at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning May 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the real kings of African ju-ju music, on this CD King Sunny spins a web of rhythm so hypnotic, so trance-inducing, it makes the jokers with their beat-machines and "ambient trip-hop world music" look like stumbling pretenders. The spinning whirl of noise in "Ase" will especially transport you dark nights of wild grass with a full sparkling sky. Crucial.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best July 3, 2011
Format:Audio CD
There are much better King Sunny records out there. This one is a very western-style pop album, as others have noted. It's definitely fun to listen to, but isn't as characteristic of his 'authentic' style.

A fun listen regardless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little overproduced, but still great October 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the last of King Sunny Ade's three albums with Island Records in the early 1980s -- he says he left because they wanted to Americanize and Westernize his music too much. I remember this album as being the LP he was touring to support sometime in around 1984, which is where I first got a copy.

Since then I've listened to more Sunny Ade, and while this is a great record, I'd recommend others of his like the breakthrough first Island album Juju Music, or especially his earlier stuff on the African Songs or Sunny Alade labels from Nigeria. Those albums can be hard to get a hold of, but there is a surprising amount of material on YouTube accessible for a listen.

This is definitely a more produced, more Westernized album than much of King Sunny's other material, which gives credence to the quotations from King Sunny about why he left the Island label. It has quite a bit of synthesizer, and electronic drums mixed in with the acoustic percussion and talking drums that are typical of most of his music. It features Stevie Wonder on lead harmonica on the lead track "Ase", which is nice and something that people talk about a lot.

I like this album because of its associations for me with a great concert event many years ago. But objectively, you might want to check out less electronically instrumented juju music records by King Sunny. Definitely one of the most significant artists out there, but while very good, this album isn't necessarily among his best.
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