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Gems From the Classic Years (1967-1974)

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Juju/Afrobeat pioneer King Sunny Ade is a legend of African music, and this collection puits together his best tracks from this early years onto one, handsomely-packaged digipak.

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More than practically any other African musician, King Sunny Ade has enjoyed unparalleled longevity, both at home and with Western music fans. Born into Nigerian royalty (the "King" is not merely a courtesy title), he embarked upon his chosen career path early, incorporating traditional rhythms and percussion, chilled-out vocals, sinuous bass lines, and especially the wacked-out, psychedelic guitar of Bob Ohiri. During the '60s and '70s, Ade's mature sound slowly evolved; although he was years away from an international breakthrough, his trademark stylistic markers were already in place, hastening him toward historic doings. The bandleader's high, nasal voice, wreathed in talking drums and shakers, echoed by a call-and-response choir, reflected Yoruba folkways along with hints of Muslim and Christian religious and secular music. By now, Ade's songs had become longer and more subtle; many of his intricate, gradually unfolding sets of themes and variations were clocking in at twenty minutes-plus on record and over an hour live. As on Shanachie's excellent Best of the Classic Years (2003), these tunes, although unquestionably landmark recordings, have hardly been heard outside of the maestro's homeland. They constitute a crucial document of Ade's first flush of local fame, and if the sound quality is slightly over-resonant, it is also remarkably vivid and clear. --Christina Roden

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ori Mmi Maje N'te/Owo Omode O To Pepe/Timu Mi Ni Mo/Pe Mi So Fun Mi
  2. Nibi Lekeleke Gbe Nfosho/Gbobgo Lope/Ori Olowo/Asiko Ni
  3. Isele Yi Leju/Asalam Alikun
  4. Sunny Special/Owo Ko Nife/Awon Ti Won Yo/Alhaja Bintu
  5. Dele Davis
  6. John Ali
  7. Ori Olowo
  8. Asiko Ni
  9. Isele Yi Leju
  10. Asalam Alikun
  11. Sunny Special
  12. Owo Ko Nife
  13. Awon Ti Won Yo
  14. Alhaja Bintu
  15. Dele Davis
  16. John Ali


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000MEYJ5G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you are looking for one of the best and finest african music ever release, this one will serve that purpose...it is overwhelmingly sensibly composed and articulately sing out with proficiency of combination of varieties of musical notes from various instrument played by masters! If you understand the language that the song is sing with, listening to the song would be a revealation of intelligent of previous african generations. The singer is consider as one of the living legends.
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This collection brings together the early years of the King on stage. It is a testimony to the greatness of one of African foremost artists.
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I love this music !
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The Cd played fine but not the best Sunny Ade has. This is one of beginning music so it is quite expected
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