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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William

William OnyeaborAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disco Funk by the Nigerian Master November 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
This collection was made with little cooperation from Onyeabor--except apparently accepting the money and consenting to its release--so the notes reveal little about the man himself. There is no discography nor any information about the tracks themselves other than the lyrics. However, the music is what matters and this collection is high quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reissues of 2013 January 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! December 29, 2013
By Dmak
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it and play it at a party. November 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars African dance pop with psychedelic jamming April 12, 2014
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Pretty good, dynamic African dance pop/psychedelic jamming, with a little twist of techno. Worth checking out, particularly the opening track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Onyeabor is da bomb! April 8, 2014
By Bubba
Format:Audio CD
Amazing recordings of a well hidden master way ahead of his time. If you love 70s Nigerian music and are not familiar with him, dive in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It'll put a smile on your face :) March 12, 2014
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Great cd and easy to listen to...it seems like the perfect addition to a long car ride, especially considering that the songs are each about 6 min long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Man! March 7, 2014
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Amazing music. You will love it! Nigerian music from the past more than relevant today. Get ready to dance William Onyeabor's rhythms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical beat
There is no way that I could take this CD to work with me and listen to it with my head phones. I would be swaying in my chair and I'd look like one of those bobble-head dolls. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BeckyInTexas
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great stuff... great rhythms, and wacky synthesizers. "Fantastic Man" is the standout track. Another great release from the Luaka Bop label.
Published 1 month ago by gw
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have!
Like Fela Kuti with 80s keyboards. Sound like it could have inspired David Bowie and the Tom Tom Club. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cashmere bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is a great CD. Songs are (to me) a cross of reggae and psychedelic making music that you just do not hear in America. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Lear
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not believe the hype
Do not believe the marketing hype surrounding this release. This is just lame, pedestrian, repetitive Disco music. Listen to the sample sound clips - you'll get the idea. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Papa Mundele
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd recommend this one highly ...
David Byrne's Luaka Bop label comes up with another winner! Songs with a great groove and clear musical link to "Fear of Music" era Talking Heads ... a great listen.
Published 4 months ago by L. H. McShane
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