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Friday, August 26, 2011

Ebo Taylor - Life Stories - Highlife And Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980 - (Strut, 2011)

An Uncle Roddus Album Review
African Music month

1. Ebo Taylor - Heaven (6:04)
2. Ebo Taylor - Atwer Abroba (8:14)
3. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - Victory (4:20)
4. Asaase Ase - Ohiani Sua Efir (4:02)
5. Apagya Show Band - Kwaku Ananse (3:11)
6. Ebo Taylor - Peace on Earth (7:45)
7. Ebo Taylor - Aba Yaa (14:59)
8. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - Ene Nyame Nam 'A' Mensuro (6:16)
9. Apagya Showband - Tamfo Nyi Ekyir (3:57)
10. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - Love and Death (8:19)
11. Ebo Taylor - Ohye Atar Gyan (6:07)
12. Super Sounds Namba - Yes Indeed (4:56)
13. Apagya Showband - Mumude (3:04)
14. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - What Is Life (4:38)
15. CK Mann Big Band - Etuei (6:28)
16. Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans - Egya Edu (6:51)

Oh yeah! Strut have done it again. Another essential Afro funk release from the Ghanaian Ebo Taylor with this  compilation of solo recordings and other side projects he was involved in during the 70s. Packed with plenty of excellent tracks that I know from various compilations I have, this wonderful blend of Jazz and Funk infused with Afrocentric rhythms has been blowing my mind on the MP3 player at work for the last week. Lots of great jazzy Sax solos and excellent guitar work getting into fusion territory on occasions, really keeps me interested.This collection is right up there with Fela kuti and Orlando Julius in the awesome Afrobeat stakes and is an essential purchase for all Afroheads, I will be looking out for this in my favorite record store soon. Rating 5/5

This one has recently arrived from Amazon to boost my ever growing CD collection and it sounds even better on CD, so get your copy today, you won't regret it.


Leo Rattans said...

Big thanks for this tip, R. Never heard it before, and it's great walking music.

And Strut, I promise to buy this when I get the chance.

Roddus said...

Hey Leo, good to see you still with us.

I have this sitting in my cart at amazon ready to purchase, along with several other African purchases. Just waiting for the funds to arrive any day now and the NZ dollar is still going up against the US$.