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Open & Close / Afrodisiac

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Editorial Reviews

Another long-thought-lost gem from the Fela Anikulapo Kuti archives, Open & Close was originally released in 1971 and is a total groove-fest loaded to the gills with raucous horn blowing, ferocious percussion (once again, Tony Allen take a bow), and song lengths over ten minutes. The four (lengthy, as usual) songs occupying Afrodisiac had been originally recorded in Nigeria as 45 rpm releases. Afrodisiac consists of re-recordings of these, done in London in the early 1970's.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Open & Close - Fela Kuti
  2. Swegbe & Pako - Fela Kuti
  3. Gbagada Gbogodo - Fela Kuti

Disc: 2

  1. Alu Jon Jonky Jon
  2. Chop & Quench (Jeun Ko Ku)
  3. Eko Ile
  4. Je'nwi Temi (Don't Gag Me)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • ASIN: B003102J3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I liked 1 of 3 tunes on Open & Close. Liked all tunes on Afrodisiac, but sound quality poor on both. I think that both LPs were originally recorded by EMI &/or EMI Nigeria, so I guess that the sound was pretty good. Knitting Factory Records' compilation is disappointing.
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Absolutely mandatory listening for all musicians and lovers of funk. Grooves that don't relent for a second, horns that season and pepper, punctuating percussion, call and response vocalizing, blistering horns and incomparable drumming by Tony Allen make this gem a timeless classic. Think the 'Sargeant Pepper's' of Afrobeat. Yeah, it's that good. Along with 'Confusion/Gentlemen', 'London Scene/Shakara' and 'Inside Out', these recordings represent the cream of the crop by Fela. And speaking of Cream, get the LP with Ginger Baker as well... if 'Afrodisiac' doesn't get you hard, Viagra won't help either, it's time to call the coroner.
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Fela - what more can you say? The man who was the James Brown of Africa? Or maybe James Brown combined with Miles Davis? As political as Bob Marley...There's something incredibly organic when the funk is generated from the motherland - and this Afro Funk at it's best!
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By jaime on August 21, 2014
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Great album!
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I give it five stars because of the energy and a great rhythmsection.Its tight and it
swings hard.Kuti is a strong leader, and direct the music. The rhythms in drums and
percussion are absolutely top.Every time i listen to this music i get inspired, and almost
wait for something, and that is a soloist of a broader level than heard here.Imagine a Maceo
Parker, a Fred Wesley or Chris Potter taking the music to the next level.Despite this, the music
stands on its own, and as it is recorded.
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