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Fela Kuti & The Africa '70 - Open & Close (1971) [Reissue 2013]

26-05-2015, 16:11
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Fela Kuti & The Africa '70 - Open & Close (1971) [Reissue 2013]

Artist: Fela Kuti & The Africa '70
Title Of Album: Open & Close
Year Of Release: 2013 [1971]
Label: Knitting Factory Records / Kalakuta Sunrise
Country: Nigeria
Genre: Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, World Fusion, Highlife
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 36:44 min
Full Size: 101 mb / 248 mb
WebSite: Album Preview

AMG REVIEW : Another long-thought-lost gem from the Fela Anikulapo Kuti archives, Open & Close was originally released in 1971 and, in the manner of He Miss Road and Fela's London Scene, is a total groove-fest loaded to the gills with raucous horn blowing, ferocious percussion (once again, Tony Allen take a bow), and song lengths over ten minutes. By this point, Fela could do no wrong when it came to recording; Afro-beat dissenters will claim that there is a trance-inducing similarity to much of Fela's '70s recorded output, that the grooves aren't enough to make the songs distinctive enough on their own. That's true of some of his later recordings (like in the mid- to late '80s), but at this point he was still breathing fire and the band was in top form. Perhaps the distinguishing factors of records like Open & Close and some of Fela's other '70s releases are that as much as he liked to ride a groove, he also liked to disrupt it, twist it and turn it, reshape it, only to bring it back to its original shape. There was less of that later in his career.


1. Open & close 14:53
2. Suegbe & Pako 12:29
3. Gbagada Gbogodo 09:18

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