Baby Dub - Various - Omnisonus · 3 Years Of Techno Explorations (CD)
Though unlike all Vanity material, this one disappoints. Doesn't match the experimental electronic heart of the label. Though Phew's charming, the punk-bent doesn't fit her wilting vocal style.
One of an 'invisible' series, enjoy Great, great, great. I have a lot of Phew, but not this one. Yes, it's true Aunt Sally seems to be the most conventional release that Vanity released but it's still a much better LP than many other labels at that time owuld have released. Thank you Mutant Sounds. And yes, please post the Sympathy Nervous album soon.
I can't wait! I will freak out on the day that you post the Sympathy Nervous Lp! And by the way, Minny Pops is a bit of an overrated group. It really just sounds like typical post-punk stuff with a drum machine and some dutch singing. Minny Pops were really just a former punk band that changed styles, it's nothing special. Vanity Records in Osaka was one of the unforgettable hallmarks of the early Japanese underground music scene of the late's. Agi was a sort of alternative visionary with a superb talent to assess new musical modes at a time when blues and West Coast-style rock Baby Dub - Various - Omnisonus · 3 Years Of Techno Explorations (CD) dominated the local music scene.
He was also responsible for cloning the Japlish term "techno-pop" - which he used to describe Eno-produced bands like Talking Heads and DEVO - that later became internationally known via Yellow Magic Orchestra. Inspired by punk and the flood of indie labels that swept New York and London, Agi started Vanity Records inreleasing 11 LPs, 3 singles, 12 flexis, and 6 cassettes between '78 and '82 each release limited to copies.
Meanwhile, Konishi formed 4D, shifting his direction towards techno dance music, while Izumi joined the jazz-rock group Kennedy, and later After Dinner. Pre-new age music. Since this talented musician went to India, nobody has known his whereabouts. Sort of like a precursor of illbient. Agata is now active as a film director and actor, as well as a musician. O Meet P. Subsequently the group changed its name to EP-4, which became known for its guerilla live performances as well as simultaneously releasing its debut album from both major and indie labels.
Meanwhile, Sato disappeared from the music scene in the mid's. Last one Last one Last one. Similar sponsored items Feedback on our suggestions Feedback on our suggestions Feedback on our suggestions.
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There are a few excellent tunes on Rabinbut it doesn't have the all around strength to make it the next classic Blondy album. It kicks off with the bouncy love song, "New Dawn" - referring also to the passing of the Ivory Coast's longstanding President Felix Houphouet-Boigny - which will make you sway before you know it with its pulsing rhythm and throbbing bass.
Next is "Yitzhak Rabin," another catchy roots song which will hopefully get some attention, both for its politics and fine melody.
Don't cry, Israel, don't cry. Backed by the Solar System and the I-Threes, Alpha's sound is as identifiable as ever, full of jazzy horns and catchy melodies, sweet but not as powerful as Jerusalem or Apartheid Is Nazism.
And in classic Blondy style, the lyrics are a linguistic potpourri - French, English, Dioula, Hebrew, etc. Baby Dub - Various - Omnisonus · 3 Years Of Techno Explorations (CD) a result, it is arguably his most political album to date.
On Yitzhak RabinBlondy attacks, among other things, presidents who cling to power and ethnic domination "Guerre Civile"and, in another nice roots tune, the French army's presence in Africa "Armee Francaise". While Houphouet-Boigny - who was known for his enthusiastic support of the French, his life presidency, and nepotism - might have enjoyed the sweet roots music, he might also have gotten a little steamed by some of the lyrics.
One way to rise above the tedium is to innovate, to cross styles, to add something new. Another is to pick a rootsy approach to the music and simply excel.
The Itals follow this latter road, adhering musically to stately, rocksteady reggae, and thematically to devotional Rastafarian lyrics on "Modern Age. The main attraction with the Itals, of course, is vocal, Keith Porter's compelling, slightly nasal lead supported by the high, keening chorus of David Isaacs and Kada Porter. A greater swing enhances "Happen Before the Time," a celebratory song of impending salvation, playful dublike instrumentation bouncing merrily as Porter's vocal occasionally sneaks up on a toast.
The production of "Modern Age" is also a contemporary wonder, clean, sparse, sometimes playful, a fitting context for the vocals of the Itals. A better subtitle would be: "Reggae from Anglophone West Africa.
That said, it's one of the finest records I've ever heard, African, reggae, or otherwise. The biggest name on Black Star Liner is Sonny Okosun of Nigeria, whose "Third World" and "Fire in Soweto", which was a minor international success in the late 70's, serve as bookends to this excellent compilation.
In his talkative singing voice, Okosun pleads for the sufferahs in long reggae anthems. His are the most political pieces on this disc; perhaps significantly, he is the only artist pictured in the excellent liner notes with dreads.
For none of these bands were exclusively reggae bands, but rather chose reggae from a variety of contemporary styles such as rumba, highlife, or juju, for example. The most popular message is one of encouragement. Even if you don't buy this album, find someone who has it and listen to this song. It will blow you away. Another good example of this thematic style also comes from Nigeria, this time on "Destiny" by Sir Victor Uwaifo and his Titibitis the use of royal indicators is common among Nigerian musicians - where the "Titibitis" come from I don't know.
Uwaifo features lots of secondary percussion and cascading synth horns on this piece; it's probably the least reggae-sounding on the album. A few numbers are romantic ballads.
Two songs by the Sierra Leonian group Sabanoh 75 fall in this category. The whooshing synthesizer, wailing sax and crooning lyrics make for a song that sounds more like a disco-ska tune, but it's good.
The same could be said about "Carry On," which actually sounds like a lover's encouragement song. A straightforward upbeat number, it highlights Fahnbulleh's voice Baby Dub - Various - Omnisonus · 3 Years Of Techno Explorations (CD) good effect.
This is an altogether diverse collection that demonstrates that the generation before Majek Fashek, Alpha Blondy, Ismael Isaac, et al. The only downside to this collection is that the promised series that was to develop on its heels never materialised on the Heartbeat label, though Shanachie and Hemisphere seem to have picked up some of the slack. But he does produce integrated music from African and European roots, and he does it well - the recent Wakafrika album attests to his ability to coax the best from his partners from around the globe.
Gone Clear is a much earlier example of this uncanny gift of Dibango's. One of several albums recorded in Jamaica in with the legendary Geoffrey Chung at the controls and the formidable rhythm section of Sly and Robbie of Black Uhuru, it was a definite success artistically, if not commercially.
Dibango was one of the first Africans to physically "cross over" to Jamaican reggae, and he set the bar high. Musically, Gone Clear presents a 'kool' form of reggae, low on lyrics, high on sax Dibango's ax and brassy backgrounds, a very subtle blend of his mellow makossa and island style. And while the Jamaican contingent provide their fair share of sound effects, Sly and Robbie don't drown Dibango's composition in whistling rockets and Baby Dub - Various - Omnisonus · 3 Years Of Techno Explorations (CD) aural gewgaws; instead, they provide a light textured background that keeps the simple, catchy compositions of Dibango moving along.
A good example of this is found on "Doctor Bird," where the persistant artificial sparrow chirps sparkle in the mix of vocals, sax, xylophone, and clean, percussive guitar and drum chops. Although there are no pure instrumentals on this album, the vocals are really a part of the mix. Just very fine, smooth, reggae with an Afro-jazz lustre. The tone is laid-back but not sluggish. To prove it, the band lets loose on "Reggae Makossa" which has definite funk elements without getting lost in slavish imitation to New York avant-funk.
All in all, Dibango and his Jamaican compadres do an excellent job of blending makossa and reggae into a seamless and distinct sound all its own. Vincent "Randy" Chin was one such producer. But at this time in history, he was in the business of making 45s. Don't let the name or label fool you. This is essential ska from the earliest days of Jamaica's independence.
While the Skatalites are on this album, the members may not all be in the studio at the same time. That's Baby Dub - Various - Omnisonus · 3 Years Of Techno Explorations (CD) the "friends" come in. But with friends like guitarist Ernest Ranglin, trombonist Rico Rodrigues, and Charlie Organaire on harmonica with solo on "Royal Charlie"it doesn't really matter.
The remastered material is as good as anything found on Foundation Ska. Instrumentals like "Black Joe" and "Malcolm X," are as terrific as, say, "Eastern Standard Time" or "Guns of Navarone," but until today remained virtually unknown except to collectors of the 45 rpm.
Future editions of Chin's productions are promised to appear on VP.
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