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Guitars from Agadez: Music of Niger [Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (September 11, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sublime Frequencies
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,349,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars desert drone psychedelica September 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing. It's been awhile since I've been as obsessed with an album like this. It is the blues, it is psychedelic, it has a drone quality reminiscent of some krautrock. It is a real treasure. I'm sure it's not for everyone. But this drives and takes me places, like Faust or Maggot Brain. Dry, hot with a very very deep groove. Not as in a funk groove, but as in a spiritual groove.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are You Ready for Some Raw Desert Blues? May 13, 2009
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If you like the "Desert Blues" sound of bands such as Tinariwen, you may very well like this recording. However," Guitars from Agadez", unlike Tinariwen, is not the sound of a high-end studio recording. It's more live and rawer sounding; kind of like a Fat Possum take on desert blues. The grooves are also not as varied as Tinariwen. After repeated listening however, I have come to appreciate a sort of stylistic purity that "Guitars from Agadez" offers. I also like the fact that a western-style drum set is featured as the main percussion instrument. One can really get a feel for how the traditional rhythms of the Sahara translate to the drum kit. However, one drawback to this recording is the ululation that punctuates every stanza. You get some of that with Tinariwen, but there's quite a bit of that in "Guitars from Agadez." That aside, the guitar work is the real strong point to this recording. You get plenty of those bluesy trance-inducing licks. All in all, a great addition to your "Desert Blues" collection.
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Since being exposed to the genre of Tuareg Rock or Desert Rock by Tinariwen, I've been totally fascinated
by the guitar bands of Niger and Mali. To western ears, the music may resemble North African versions
of 60's garage bands. Unfortunately lost to listeners like myself, who find this genre musically addictive,
is the fact that most of these songs are protest songs of Tuareg rebellion and the desire of these people
to maintain a cultural and political identity.

These are live, non-studio recordings and sometimes the vocals fade in the mix, but the guitars are always prominent.
The band is featured on Vol. 3 and Vol. 4, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific raw sounding psychedelic blues desert rock/folk September 1, 2013
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Love this album.

It is the one to get out of their Sublime Frequencies releases so far.

Every track is great, even though I have zero idea of what they are singing about. I for one, like the ululating on most of the tracks. It's raw, recorded live, but it's unlike nearly every other live recording I've heard. Superb, a desert isle disc for me.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK July 9, 2009
By Onegin
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I came to this via Tinariwen, whose disc I love, and whose hypnotic performance at Coachella this year blew me away. This disc is much rawer and more lo-fi than Tinariwen's, and to my ears, less interesting. I'm all for unadorned "on location" recordings, but the playing and sound quality on this one didn't do it for me.
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