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  • Audio CD (June 11, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mango
  • ASIN: B000003QI5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Synchro Feelings-Ilako
2. Mo Ti Mo
3. Penkele
4. Maajo
5. Instrumental
6. Synchro System
7. E Saiye Re
8. Tolongo
9. E Wele
10. Synchro Reprise

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King Sunny Ade's second international release carries on what he achieved with Juju Music, taking I.K. Dairo's legacy of juju music into the modern age. With more dialogue between instruments and voices, it flows a little more freely than its predecessor, and the title track, with its marvelous talking drum solo, is an absolute Ade gem. While the production occasionally sounds dated--the stereo effects are unnecessary--the music itself is nothing less than sensational. "E Saiye Re" stands as one of the great all-time dance tracks, and you have to wonder why this disc didn't bring Ade the international superstardom his label had hoped for. The King himself is in excellent voice, and his subjects surround him with a rich carpet of sound. Nigh on perfect. --Chris Nickson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pfeiffer on October 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I really like this record, but it's not one that I recommend unless you already have a good Juju ear. After his "Juju Music" record, record company folks thought that if he just cleaned it up a little, cut some of the longer jams, he could be the new Bob Marley. What came out of that was a string of lesser albums, like this one. However, I like the use of synth, which is pretty uncommon on Nigerian Juju records. I know, it makes it less pure, but it's used well. The songs are a little too tight, and there isn't the sound of joy like on so many other of King Sunny's or Chief Commander Ebenezer Obe's best work. So, don't jump on this record unless either a) you've got a good Juju collection and want to hear King Sunny's attempt at westernizing, or b)you didn't like other Juju records because they seem to loose to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on April 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
On this excellent album, no less than 22 musicians assist the Nigerian superstar. Percussion plays a central role in juju music and here, the vast array of instruments include talking drums, agogo, shekere, motimo, maracas, guitars, keyboards and congos.
The album opens with Synchro Feelings, a mellow piece with a skittering beat and layered choruses and is followed by Mo Ti Mo which has impressive instrumental and tempo variation. The tuneful Maajo is one of my favorites because of its strong melody and the lovely call and response vocals.
The title track Synchro System is a lengthy number with soulful lead vocals whilst E Saiye Re has an insistent dance rhythm and delicious infusions of Hawaiian guitar. This guitar is even more pronounced on Tolongo, a simple but catchy song and on the spacey E Wele that is also embellished with impressive keyboards. The album concludes with Synchro Reprise, a type of dub version of the title track that is also perfect for the dancefloor.
With its delicate percussive textures, engaging vocals and the skilful playing of the musicians, the album creates a tapestry of joyful moods. Perhaps not as immediate as his masterpiece Juju Music, this is also a great album that will reward the listener with repeated plays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Woltman on March 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well King Sunny Ade is definately one smooth bad bruv. Synchro Systems was a shock to me when I first heard the title track on the local community radio station. So I jumped on the internet and tried to order but at that time all that was available was "Ju Ju Music"(which is good in its own respect). So I ordered that first. Its a similar sound but not as much of the electonic effects on the keyboards/samplers or whatever they had going that gave it a signature little extra touch, that to me sets it apart from other afro pop stuff I've run across here and there. King Sunny Ade's singing is like someone very chilled out just telling a story or having a easy conversation w/the music & chorus singers. And it is so layered that you can put it on if your in a light mood or if you want something pounding. The grooves somehow sound very contemporary, and the fact that it was made in 1983 means it is timeless and therefore a classic masterpiece in my opinion. I highly recomend this to anyone and everybody, especially fans of African music like Congtronics or Eithiopics and fans of 80's era rock like the Talking Heads or the Selector. I cant wait to get into more music by this artist if it is of this quality.
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By David B. Jones on December 7, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
A friend of mine went to Africa on vacation in '91 and came back with a cassette tape of this. He gave it to me, and since that day my life has always been the same.

Seenchro Seestem!
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By K. Aaron on January 31, 2014
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Got to have it. Period. King Sunny lights up the room anytime it is played. I saw the live version of this album, and the band was 17 pieces of pure Human syncronicity..!!
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