- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: A&M
- ASIN: B000002GH0
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Overall the sound is rich, inviting, intoxicating. Animal grunts, chirps, and whistles blend together with the music and voices, and of course Copeland's own phenomenal drumwork. About half of the tracks are instrumental, including the driving "Gong Rock" (with Copeland on guitar as well as drums) and the whimsical "Samburu Sunset". Two tracks feature Copeland's love-it-or-hate-it singing as well, including "Serengetti Long Walk" where his hilarious deadpan monologue is preceeded by some absolutely stellar drum fills. On the final cut, Stewart and Ray sing together of the "African Dream", leading the listener off into a mysterious, inviting dreamworld as well.
This is truly a lost gem of an album, woefully underappreciated (especially when compared to the adulation and attention Paul Simon received for "Graceland" -- not to knock that fine album as well, but he is far from the only pop/rock performer to attempt to share African music and musicians with the rest of the world.) This album is not just for Copeland fans or Police completists, but for anyone who is interested in exploring unusual, adventurous music. Highly recommended, if you can find it!
Stewart Copeland for 2 decades has been acknowledged as one of the best drummers in rock music, some of the percussion on this disc is breathtaking. One has to wonder if Paul Simon himself didn't draw heavily from this disc while he was composing Graceland.
The album is 70% instrumental but you don't miss the vocals at all. This is truly music that can stand on it's own. Stewart does lend his vocals on a handful of tracks however.
Some key tracks are 'KOTEJA', 'SERENGETTI LONG WALK', and 'COCO' the last of which features some of the best mind-blowing percussion you'll ever hear.
If you're a music fan, and by that I mean an open minded listener, this disc will not dissapoint, and I assure you it will stand apart from your music collection.
Time will forget this disc unfortunatley, as for when it was released in '85 it was groundbreaking and still touches musical nuances yet to be explored by major acts.
Albums like this distinguish bands from artist
Following on the brilliance of his "Rumble Fish" score, this record finds Copeland exploring traditional African music with the same kind of experimental spirit that made his previous film score so unique. While not quite as abstract as "Rumble Fish", this album fuses tribal chants, traditional African vocal arrangements and lyricism, traditional African musical arrangement, natural (animal) noises, experimental/improvisational percussion and drumming, and a variety of other clever tricks into a cohesive whole that takes the listener on a journey through the villages and plains of Africa.
The first half of the record is full of lively chants and typically melodic African song, highlighted by beautifully performed vocal arrangements and harmonies, much of which is sung in native tongue. As the album progresses, however, it takes a turn into somewhat darker territory, as it ebbs and flows through Copeland's unique and rather eccentric aesthetic filter, resulting in several instrumental arrangements that carry an energy and sense of mystique as intriguing as the Dark Continent itself. Track by track, one gets the sense that each instrumental is telling a story, attempting to describe the subjective experiences of an explorer in a foreign land, experiences that cannot be related through words.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can not go wrong with anything Stewart does. This is a post Police masterpiece and should be a part of any drum fans collection.Published on September 4, 2013 by Steve Kidd
Stewart Copeland is a genius at creating music. His creativity always amazes me. He combines polyrhythms and melodic soundscapes that blend together very well. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Hunyadi
Copeland demonstrates genius, American musical ingenuity... Someone else (in Hollywood) heard this stuff and had him do the score for The Equalizer. Great stuff...Published on December 31, 2012 by Justin Casey-Goetz Wild
I've loved this since college days IN 80's. This would be on my 5 cd's to bring to a desert island. What more can I say? Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Patti
Brilliant album from Stewart Copeland, in my opinion, sounds very much like the Police meet Paul Simon Graceland. Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Great listening. I knew the record all along already. Am getting very curious to see the movie now. Only found an NTSC Betamax version that I need to get transformer to a format I... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Kris Van Alphen
I have owned this CD since the mid 1980s and is one of the oldest in my collection since CD format was just then beginning to supplant vinyl LPs. Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by W. P. Perry