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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (gatefold 3xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: RT 54/8089900791. Rel: 21 Oct 13
International
  1. Body & Soul (10:07)
  2. Atomic Bomb (7:59)
  3. Good Name (10:04)
  4. Something You Will Never Forget (10:03)
  5. Why Go To War (9:00)
  6. Love Is Blind (7:50)
  7. Heaven & Hell (4:03)
  8. Let's Fall In Love (7:18)
  9. Fantastic Man (6:28)
  10. When The Going Is Smooth & Good (7:26)
  11. The Way To Win Your Love (7:01)
  12. Jungle Gods (4:05)
  13. Love Me Now (13:40)
Review: Following 2012's fourth volume that celebrated the existential work of Tim Maia, here we find Luaka Bop exploring the legacy of William Onyeabor. A high chief and Kenyan diplomat who allegedly refuses to discuss his music, he self-released eight albums in the 70s and 80s and these are some of the many highlights. Stretching from the New York-influenced post-punk synth funk of "Good Name" to the most authentic Afro fusion of "Why Go To War", Onyeabor's range not only reflects his clear creative skill, but also the ever-developing international language of music during the fruitful period he was active. Who is William Onyeabor? Press play and find out yourselves...
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Vinyl Boxset 2 (limited hand-numbered 4xLP box + 7" + poster + 16 page booklet + MP3 download code)
Cat: LB 8003LP. Rel: 11 Nov 14
International
  1. Let's Fall In Love (Good Name)
  2. Good Name
  3. Something You'll Never Forget (Crashes In Love)
  4. Ride On Baby
  5. Crashes In Love
  6. Heaven & Hell
  7. The Way To Win Your Love (Body & Soul)
  8. Poor Boy
  9. Body & Soul
  10. I Believe In God
  11. The Moon & The Sun (Hypertension)
  12. Papa Na Mama
  13. Hypertension
  14. Politicians
  15. Body & Soul
  16. Onyeabor
Review: After the success of their Who Is William Onyeabor compilation last year, Luaka Bop have curated two ultimate collections that explore every nook and cranny of the near-mythical Nigerian dynamo who self-released eight albums between 78-85 before quitting music never to discuss his work publically again. Cherry picking the best elements of every genre (even ones of the future) Onyeabor's songwriting, coupled with some deliciously creative production techniques, still sound timeless now... The cosmic harmonies of "Heaven & Hell", the twitchy ESG-style punk-funk fusion of "Good Name", the calypso croons of "Crashes In Love", the list goes on. A true celebration of a unique man in African music, both this and Box Set 1 are fascinating documents.
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