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on January 9, 2015
Masekela at his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2014
Haunting tones and subtle rhythms, trumpet lashing out quiet and powerful like a snake's tongue! Wow. Whether you're looking for popular music, world music, or jazz this is it. I remembered the album "The Americanization of Ooga Booga" from way back when and occasionally thought I ought to see if a CD was available. A few decades later I finally look and bought this album (The Lasting Impressions of Ooga Booga) and it is so much better and so much more mature than what I remembered or expected.

The tracks are composed by such as Miriam Makeba, Herbie Hancock, and Hugh M. Himself. However, the best track in my mind is one called "Bo Masekela" where Bo Masekela is the musician's family name and the tune was written by a family friend. It's the kind of music you play in repeat mode since you aren't going to get tired of it and most days there isn't anything better. Another great tune on this CD is Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" - Watermelon man with a few chords flipped. Lot of people have messed around with this song so if you don't do really well, comparisons will be made. Hugh M. knocks it out of the park with a subtle introduction of an African feel (whatever that might mean) and some tasty improvisations.

Rhythm, harmony, melody it's all here and it's addictive. It's also fun.
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on January 14, 2013
I really enjoy the Jazz works on this album. It's a fresh dose of African- and Latin-American-infused Jazz alongside some American classics as well. My only problem is that the sound quality on this mp3 download leaves something to be desired. It was an eerie reminder of the sound of casette tapes that had been subject to a minor magnetic field. I'm not sure if this is due to the mastering/recording or if it was a technical issue related to downloading mp3 files.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I had half of these cuts on the orignal vinyl release many years ago. Listening to the music so many years later I still disover the same freshness and excitement. This is a stellar live performance record!
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on July 12, 2010
I've been searching for this ALBUM since it was released on the original label (Uni) shortly after I was discharged (Air Force) after coming home from So East Asia in 1968. Hugh was married to Miriam Makeba & this album was a JAZZ HIT being the 1st LP by Hugh Masekela in the USA. It is One Flippin' FABULOUS LIVE DEBUT ALBUM. My name is Tony Funches & I approved this message ...
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on September 19, 2008
This is an album chock full of incredible rhythms and melodies. Each song is a revelation and the flow between them is perfect. One of the best albums of the '60s in any genre. Hugh Masakela may be best known for the hit song, "Grazing In the Grass" (from 1968), but this album, from 1966. deserves to be more widely heard.
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on February 7, 2008
Perhaps I can give happy dog some perspective. When this album was first released, it was titled The Americanization of OOga BOOga! I believe the year was 1964 or 1965. I know, I have the original album and cover. The picture is the same, but the way the words have been splashed across the album cover, it is clearly to cover up the original title. If you consider the original name of the album, the Americanization..., then it should be clear why the music has a pop feel to it. It was intended to introduce African rhythms to an American audience, which means it had to be dumbed down (so to speak). There was a time when coming to America meant something. Then, there is the period of awakening when the new arrivals become disillusioned with the dream. Such was the case with Masekela many years later. I was in the audience when he announced that he was no longer going to play Grazing in the Grass, because it was a dillution of who he was and what he was hoping to contribute with his music. Rather than introducing his music to this country, he found himself playing music written and arranged by Americans and they were only using him and his horn to sell the same old things to us. He was right, America is not open to new experiences. We are only interested in adding just a bit of spice to that which is already familiar. But, trust me, when this album came on the scene, it was a big thing, indeed.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2007
I bought this for "coconut island," a brilliant herbie hancock cover. The songs that came from the "americanization" album are really great and inspired. The songs that came from the "lasting impressions" session are dreadful and tonedeaf.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2003
I agree with Mr Nunes about stodgy pundits who don't know a horn from their - well ahem.
What I LOVE about both Masakela and Fela is their special spirit and energy. Its just no-holds barred, witty, improvisational. I guess it was the time they played - the spirit of revolution and all that. This album has that vibe, definitely. It has that spirit of experimentation and definitely a live club feel.
And what amazes is the occasionaly really soft, wondering song like well - the first one.
If you like this album PLEASE check out "The Boy's Doin' It". That's another amazing Masakela album and a very political one.
And its so ignorant to say that to be "authentically African" means that Coltrane and Miles can't influence you. How short sighted! Like what are Trane and Miles - Swedish? African music isn't just about someone's made-up idea (from National Geo) of people playing thumb pianos in the desert. Masakela is African and therefore, his music is! The nerve of some know-nothing from Texas to presume to tell Masakela what is authentically African and what isn't!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2003
I had a Hugh Masekela collection that began when I was 15 years old, when I became Hugh's number one fan (prove I'm not!). I had both the albums that comprise this one. I loss possession of all of my Hugh albums (moving, relationship break-ups, etc., etc.). I'm ecstatic to recover two of them in one buy. I'm too prejudiced to really rate this CD because when the originals were out, I was about everything Hugh. I loved them then, and I love them now. The songs still sound as good to me now as they did then. But, the good thing is that even if you don't go way back with Hugh like me, the music is still GREAT!
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