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  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wrasse Import
  • ASIN: B0042FXINA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This box set is the third volume of Knitting Factory/Wrasse's remastered reissues of Fela Kuti's recordings. The Nigerian musician was the founder of the Afrobeat genre, and over the two decades (roughly 1970-1990) that he recorded, he attacked corrupt officials and remnants of colonialism over a backdrop of Yoruba rhythms and funky horns. "Speaking truth to power while having a splendidly good time" is how I described Fela's music in another Amazon review. I've in fact written a lot of Fela reviews, touching on how powerful and groovy it is, but here I just want to comment on the production values of these box sets.

It's a shame that instead of releasing the material in chronological order, which would help listeners track Fela's development as a musician and political ideologue, each Knitting Factory/Wrasse box has a jumble of records from all over his career. Each CD inside typically combines two vinyl records, and the CDs are in paper sleeves with the front cover art of the original releases on either side. In each box there is a booklet with notes on the recordings by Chris May, dedicating one page each to the CDs. Unfortunately, the notes are not always clear about the release dates and which of the two original recordings the songs come from.

Each box also contains a copy of the same Fela biography, which is a bit too fawning and congratulatory, not touching at all on the negatives that made Fela such a polemic and fascinating figure. In spite of his fine music-making, Fela held ideas about women that would apall many, and there's an undeniable decline in his career in the 1980s as he was afflicted by paranoia that spirits were talking to him and that his closest friends were out to kill him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Royale on April 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If I had to pick one of the three Fela box sets I would
go for volume 2, in very close contest with this one.
It's as good as impossible to choose one over the
other, as both hold A LOT of his greatest albums, and 28
punds for some of the funkiest, phattest, grooviest and most
powerful music EVER recorded, got to be the mother of all
bargains!!!!!!

60 dollar for Kalakuta Show(an afrobeat classic and a monsterjam!),
Upside Down, Coffin For A Head Of State, Shuffering And Shmiling,
No Agreement, Opposite People and Sorrow, Tears And Blood, comes
so close to stealing, that if the police came knocking on your door
it would actually be justifiable.
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By Uchenna Yvonne Egenti on August 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
inspirational, truly revolutionary, a mentor for future artistes
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