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Product Details

  • Vinyl (October 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: DAPTONE
  • ASIN: B005BV5EB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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El Rego is a true legend of African Soul Music. Here for the 1st time on album are 12 of his greatest recordings from the late '60s and early '70s hand-picked by Daptone Records. Afro-Soul collector/DJ Frank Gossner had spent years combing West Africa tracking down 45's by Theophile Do Rego (aka El Rego) before finally meeting him face to face in his home in Benin. From that relationship came this album, which we present to you here in a 20 page hardcover Bookcase CD featuring El Rego's own story of his life and music along with pictures from his personal collection and artwork from his original 45's. The music has been remastered with great care, and the vinyl contains an exclusive BONUS 45' (while supplies last) of ''Se Na Min'', one of his most sought after afro-funk tracks, backed with ''E Ma Non Tin Me'', a beautiful and somewhat more traditional song about two blind men who agree to go together and leap to their deaths into a river. The music of El Rego varies astoundingly in style and rhythm: traditional rhythms of Benin played with modern instruments, John Lee Hooker-esque blues, Fela Kuti inspired afro-beat, afro-cuban claves, and straight-up James Brown style funk. However, there is a common musical thread that runs throughout. The music has a raw soul-ful ness and a unique flavor that can be attributed beyond the sound of Benin, to the sound of El Rego himself. There is a timelessness to the recordings that ties all of the traditions that inspire them directly to the grooves that were dominating the radios and jukeboxes of the early '70s. The record is teeming with breaking drums and twanging guitars, twisting basslines and undulating percussion. But most importantly. the rhythms are all crafted by a man that not only performed but also owned nightclubs and had an intimate understanding of the importance of dancing.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By grasshopper on October 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
How exciting to finally have a really well selected comp. of the great El Rego! My only quibble with this release is that some of the tracks overlap with the prior released compilation by Analog Africa called 'The legends of Benin' (get it-it's great). These are "feeling you got', 'e nan main nuku' and 'djobime'. Also if you buy the lp version one of the bonus tracks on the 45 is already out on Analog Africa's 'African Scream Contest'. With so many other fine tracks not compiled anywhere i wonder why they decided to release a bunch that were already readily available. Seems like a curious decision but i can't pretend to know what they were thinking. Still grateful and delighted that daptone released this, it's long overdue.

Other than that this is a well thought out compilation that will be a great addition to your music collection. So enrich your ears with some El Rego!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AnotherSatisfiedCustomer on December 17, 2011
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This is a great compilation with a nice mix of different styles, from funk to blues. It will definitely get you out of your seat and dancing. Highly recommended.
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