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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William
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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
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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.Read more ›
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.
This album RULES. Truly, a piece of art!
Funk, Afrobeat and Afro-centric mixed beats all in one!
Music lovers would appreciate this work of art.
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Another winner from Luaka Bop, and a great compilation by an overlooked Afro-beats master.Published 1 month ago by D. Pereira
A rousing, exuberant, and expressive trip of a record: this compilation shines a spotlight on Onyeabor's impressive catalogue of funk-tinged, feel-good tunes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jake K.
Now I know where that sound came from that folks like David Byrne use. It is clever and fun, not as sincere as King Sunny Adé or rappy as Semi Colon. Very happy music.Published 15 months ago by Ancient I.T. Guy
This guy is amazing. Buy this album if you are any self respecting world music lover.Published 15 months ago by thebeegeeman