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  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B00E3FMHOU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 collection from the Nigerian Funk musician. In the early 21st century, a shadowy figure rose from the dust that settled atop forgotten record collections throughout Africa, leaving behind a trail of clues in what seemed like a wild goose chase, but on this release, Luaka Bop will unmask the great William Onyeabor!

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Truly, a piece of art!
S. Lear
Highly recommended if you like 70s African funk artists such as Tunji Oyelana and The Benders, and Gasper Lawal, electronic dance music, Giorgio Moroder, etc.
Machiventa
Definitely worth a listen and I just wish Mr Onyeabor had produced more albums.
JS

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Nomadic Tribesman on November 2, 2013
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The world was clued in to William Onyeabor's talents years ago with the inclusion of his brilliant "Better Change Your Mind" on two of the high profile early releases of West African music from the 70's: Strut's Nigeria 70 and World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's a Real Thing, an earlier volume of the World Psychedelic Classics series by Luaka Bop. "Body and Soul," included here, was included on Booniay!! Compilation of West African. However Onyeabor's music failed to appear on any of the subsequent releases covering the similar styles, but with his original Nigerian albums selling for well over $500 online, one could only suspect there was more great music out there.
Onyeabor recorded eight albums--or nine, since there are two versions of his first LP--in the late 70's and early 80's. The CD release collects nine songs from six of those albums while the LP version has four additional tracks. While "Better Change Your Mind" appears on neither version, the quality is high through out this collection. Onyeabor lays down some amazing grooves of interlocking organ, guitar, bass, and presumably drum machine. Some of the songs appear to be solely comprised of synthesizer as the guitar does not appear on a few. It matters little. The groove is irresistible and changes little through each song. Onyeabor sings in English and the lyrics never get so cheesy that they are a negative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Machiventa on January 2, 2014
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Someone from the Steve Hoffman forums listed this as one of his favorite releases of the year so I listened to the snippets and WOW!!! Instantly purchased the vinyl LP!! I can't stop listening to it. It's such a fun and groovy album!! Sure it's not traditional Nigerian music but it's cool to hear some electronic synthesizer dance music from that era. I'm very thankful to Luaka Bop for reissuing this. Highly recommended if you like 70s African funk artists such as Tunji Oyelana and The Benders, and Gasper Lawal, electronic dance music, Giorgio Moroder, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cashmere bunny on February 8, 2014
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Like Fela Kuti with 80s keyboards. Sound like it could have inspired David Bowie and the Tom Tom Club. Rhythms and refrains are so catchy and stick in your head, right from the start. I could listen to this for days straight... Wait, we have! Terrific gift, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Lear on January 4, 2014
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I LOVE this album. It's a great mix of reggae/tribal music with a bit of dance and lots of funky 70's porn background music and just a sprinkling of jazz.

This album RULES. Truly, a piece of art!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2013
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This is a great album
Funk, Afrobeat and Afro-centric mixed beats all in one!
Music lovers would appreciate this work of art.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Ring on November 17, 2013
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Really a fun, funky, electronic-robotic collection of West African music. I love it. Put it on at a party and you're guaranteed to impress your friends.
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Despite all the rave reviews I put off getting this CD for the longest time, but finally relented and ordered it a few months ago. Well, I'm sold; thrilled to have finally heard this fun and funky music --- Electro-Afrobeat, if you will. Think Fela as produced by Giorgio Moroder, with the Talking Heads sitting in. Or better yet, the Tom Tom Club. It's that much fun, and packed with that many hypnotic grooves.

Of course, those comparisons are somewhat simplistic and don't accurately describe the complex stew of sounds on this album. When Onyeabor sings it's in English and his songs don't the political gravity of Fela's, nor does his use of electronic instruments have the propulsive intensity of Moroder's famous productions. But it's in the same ballpark, and the dance rhythms are happening in buckets,

If you remotely like those sorts of sounds, you need to give this album a try too. Really, all the raves are justified. This is lively, infectious music, with some nice melodic passages too.
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By Randal M. Rockney on July 14, 2014
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Now all I listen to is Nigerian pop music from the '80's. This CD is phenomenal!
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