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27 Apr 2017

Solid Ground “Made In Rock ” 1976 mega rare Private Swedish Hard Rock









Solid Ground “Made In Rock ” 1976 mega rare Private Swedish Hard Rock
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"Solid Ground" was a legendary Swedish Hard Rock band formed in Stockholm in 1974.
In 1975 the band played a lot of gigs around the Stockhholm area, and also some places outside Stockholm. They also recorded their first single record, with the two tracks “Tell me” and “My song”.
In 1976 they released their sole album "Made In Rock" that was notable for the great guitar work of Björn Uhr. The album's best track is probably its longest, "Solid Ground" itself, which, coincidentally, also features its only Mellotron work (player unknown), with a repeating strings chord sequence under the lengthy guitar duet at the song's conclusion.............

SOLID GROUND was formed in 1974. The members came from other band projects. Anders Berge and Gosta Hjelmqvist was earlier playing in a band called 4-ever, who played more proggresiv rock with lyrics written in Swedish. However they wanted to start something new and heavier, so they started looking for a bass and solo guitarist. After they had tried some bass guitarists, they came in contact with Peter Eklund who had finished job in another band. They realised immediately that this was the bass player they wanted. Two months later they came in contact with Bjorn Uhr, who they had known for a while. They asked him if he wanted to join the band, and so they become the SOLID GROUND. The band become Sweden’s heaviest band during the mid Seventies. Solid Ground signed up to SCAM records. A label owned by the former Violents and Hepstars member Hazze Ostlund.

In 1975 the band played a lot of gigs around the Stockhholm area, and also some places outside Stockholm. They also recorded their first single record, with the two tracks: “Tell me” and “My song”. In January 1976 they recorded their album:”Made in rock”. The tracks on the record were recorded in only one day. Two days later they came back to the studio for the final mixing. For many reasons, the record didn’t sell quite well, and finally when the guys was called for their dutys in the army, they decided to quit the band.

Solid Ground released their sole album, Made in Rock, in 1976, reissued in 1991 and 1995. Was it worth it? Well, it's, y'know, okay, but haven't we heard it all a million times before? Yeah, I've heard worse, but it's pretty clichéd stuff, with terrible lyrics, although to be fair, they weren't writing in their native tongue. Mind you, "Rock is my life, rock is my wife", is either unrestrained genius or utter stupidity. Possibly both. Best track is probably its longest ''Solid Ground'' itself, which, coincidentally, also features its only Mellotron work (player unknown), with a repeating strings chord sequence under the lengthy guitar duet at the song's conclusion. Anyway, a passable effort, but you can see why this isn't lauded as a lost classic - or maybe it is?

A quality hard rock to blues-based - from naughty face which opens the album ''Saturday Rae'' or ''Rock'n Roller'' to leisurely sabbath riffs ''This Bloody Town'' and ''Tombstone Kiss'', among which wormed blues ballad ''Mata Hari''. In some places it seemed like as the James Gang period Third. Properly played, with a dense sound, but without going over to the massiveness. Two bonus track, too bad, ''Tell Me'',especially ''My Song'' while his manner caused association with punk. This is hardly a disaster, as Solid Ground hadn't anything unusual to offer - the content was guitar-based, simple hard rock played by non-professional musicians. So crank up the volume for 40 minutes of 70's heavy rock'n'roll and forget all about intellectual discussions regarding the musical content. .........

Solid Ground was founded back in 1974 and were the hardest Swedish act at that time. They've released one single in 1975 and in 1976 they released this masterpiece in a limited edition of 200 copies on Scam. That's the reason why the original costs around $800, but that's what it's worth. But there's also a re-release on Mellotronen, with the single track as a bonus.The album kicks off with "Saturday Rare (Handrock)" , a very heavy driven opener like almost every song on "Made in Rock". There's a unique drum-sound on this album, that makes it sounding very natural and earthy. Two other tracks, that I really like are "Tombstone Kiss" and "Rock N Roller".Both are so heavy, that they could have been played in the 90's. This album is a real heavy pearl so watch out for it!...........

Kick ass '70s proto-metal awesomeness alert! This Swedish band, who only managed one self-released LP back in 1976, combined hard rock panache with rough-edged rawness. It's a powerful mix of all things cool about rock in the '70s, from the swinging stoner boogie of Sabbath and Budgie and UFO to the glammy uber-catchiness of KISS and The Sweet to the melodic guitar heroics of Thin Lizzy... all done with almost punkish, sassy attitude and energy. And they've got some excellent, evocative of the era lyrics too, like these: "In the evening they go to discoteques / and drink champagne and listen to T-Rex / boys and girls look at each other / nothing happens no action no reactions" from the song "This Bloody Town". Meanwhile the production is in-your-face, plenty of distortion and reverb. HEAVY. Only 200 copies of the vinyl album were ever made, and the band eventually broke up in the wake of disco fever, a shame. (BUY IT @ Aquarius Records)..............

Credits
Bass Guitar – Peter Eklund
Drums, Percussion – Anders Berge
Guitar, Lead Vocals – Gösta Hjelmqvist
Lead Guitar – Björn Uhr

Tracklist 
A1 Saturday Rae (Handrock)
A2 Just Tell Me
A3 This Bloody Town
A4 Mata Hari
A5 Oh Lord
B1 Tombstone Kiss
B2 Rock'n Roller
B3 16 Track
B4 Solid Ground

Charlie & Esdor "Charlie & Esdor" 1970-1972 CD Compilation Sweden Psych Folk Rock








Charlie & Esdor  "Charlie & Esdor" 1970-1972 CD Compilation Sweden Psych Folk Rock
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OFO The Rock Company “Live In Europe- Fonk Afrika” 1978 Nigeria Afro Rock,Afro Beat,Afro Funk








OFO The Rock Company “Live In Europe- Fonk Afrika” 1978 Nigeria Afro Rock,Afro Beat,Afro Funk 
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A reissue of this 1978 live album by one of Nigeria's leading Afro-funk/psych/rock units, lead by the charismatic Larry Ifedioranma..........


OFO The Rock Company (originally known as OFO The Back Company) were Nigeria’s first acid-rock band. Blending Hendrix and Deep Purple with shamanism and a pro-black philosophy, they cut their teeth at Fela Kuti’s Afrika Shrine, developing a fearsome live reputation that intimidated every other band in Lagos. No one wanted to follow the guys from OFO, not even Fela himself.

Lead by the charismatic Larry Ifedioranma, OFO The Rock Company considered themselves a musical cult. Their live shows were a heady mix of mind-melting musicianship, mysticism and theatre. In 1973 the band tour Europe and Fonkafrika gathers together the best of those performance.

The moments captured range from small intimate gigs in London, where you can hear the conversation amongst the crowd, to an astonishing gig in East Germany where they played before 900,000 people. The undoubted highlight is the extended prog-rock wig out of ‘Ayaya,’ recorded at the Berlin gig, before an obviously delighted crowd. See if you can pick out the moment where the band were joined on stage by a long-haired hippy who insisted on playing guitar. They didn’t realize it at the time but it was Carlos Santana.

It was in Europe that the band fell apart, riven in two by Ifedioranma’s increasingly autocratic rule. Fonkafrica remains as a precious testament to what the band did best – playing loud and proud and putting on a show you would never forget.

- Peter Moore.................

Ofo The Black Company was formed in 1972 by Larry Ifediorama in Lagos, Nigeria.

That same year, he took his band to London, England to record their first for London Records. The single with “Allah Wakbarr” on the A side and “Beautiful Daddy” on the B side is highly collectable, usually fetching $100 or more per copy. Allah Wakbar has also been featured on the now defunct Afro Strut label’s Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970′s Funky Lagos compilation and recently on Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s A Real Thing • The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa.

But in 1973, Ofo The Black Company was asked by the East German government to play the “World festivals of the youth and student Berlin capital of the GDR” International Folklore festival in East Berlin along with Miriam Makeba as well as other musicians from Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile and Vietnam.

As far as I know, they recorded two singles for London Records, the one mentioned above which was credited to “Ofo The Black Company” and another credited to “Ofo”. They released an album on the Afrodesia label – a subsidiary of Decca – in 1974, which has the song Eniaro that was featured on Soundway Record‘s Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria. There is also a live record by “Ofo The Rock Company” that was recorded somewhere in Europe.

Larry Ifediorama died in 2005 in Lagos, Nigeria.........................

Credits
Acoustic Guitar, Arranged By, Bass Guitar, Composed By, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Percussion, Vocals, Written-By – L. Ifedioranma*
Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals – Degaiga*, Joni*
Art Direction – Peregrino Communications International, Lagos
Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals – G. Martin*
Chorus – Gladys Aguzu, Patience Ifediora, Peggy Utulu, Vic (24)
Design – Musiliu P. Brimah
Drums, Percussion, Vocals – Josh (105), Ringo*
Engineer – J.C. Mikeson, Joni Malife*, L.A.K. Adeniran*, Ron Christian (2)
Illustration – Tony Esemokhai
Keyboards, Vocals – P.T. Eric
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Friedrich Ramm*
Liner Notes – B. Ferguson
Mixed By – Mike Torn
Percussion, Vocals – Eko Mike

Tracklist
A1 We Are Back
A2 Don't Talk About Love, Just Do It
A3 Adufu
B1 Ayaya
B2 Eni - Aro
B3 Africa My Darling (Home Is Everywhere)
B4 Okija

Rich Mountain Tower “Rich Mountain Tower” 1971 US Psych Folk,Country Rock








Rich Mountain Tower “Rich Mountain Tower” 1971 US excellent Psych Folk,Country Rock
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"Rich Mountain Tower's debut self-titled album, released in the fall of 1971, combines southern rock with acoustic ballads and psychedelic flourishes to create a sound well ahead of its time. Originally issued in quadrophonic sound, it's a superb recording that shows just what a fine and underrated band this Tennessee quintet was.

Really, though, these folks are mainly anchored in psychedelic folk, with a driving, rock rhythm and lots of jangly guitars and Southern-style slide balancing out the nascent twang. The lyrics are very hippie-dippie and diffuse, spacy, celebratory stuff about being alive and in nature, sung in airy harmonies with pedal steel an 12-string guitar providing sweet counterpoint -- all in all, a very Byrds-y sound.

A few Nashville studio pros were brought in to beef up the band's sound -- Charlie McCoy lays down a few hot harmonica riffs, and steel player Weldon Myrick adds gorgeous accompaniment throughout. There's not a lot on here that I would call "country," as opposed to rock, and a few songs may get irritating if you're just in search of country sounds, although for psych/folk-freak fans this record is a real treat. A mixed bag, but a great document of its time.
Slipcue.....................

Rich Mountain Tower was a band from Tennessee. They put out three album, this one being their debut. Released in 1971, this is Southern Rock avant la lettre, really. The album has more similarities with Crosby, Stills & Nash than any Allman Brothers album. People that enjoy The Ozark Mountain Daredevils may very well enjoy this too. Some great harmonies and, if you can look past the hippie sensibilities of this album, some wonderful songs, that are sure to grow on you. Since there is hardly any information about this band to be found on the web, I will give you all the information provided to me by Pete, who sent this rip. Thanks Pete!.............

Rich Mountain Tower's debut self-titled album, released in the fall of 1971, combines southern rock with acoustic ballads and psychedelic flourishes to create a sound well ahead of its time. Originally issued in quadrophonic sound, it's a superb recording that shows just what a fine and underrated band this Tennessee quintet was, now reissued on CD for the first time. Includes detailed liner notes and images. Digitally remastered............

his is one of the sadder stories of modern music. Not tragic sad, but just neglectfully sad. Rich Mountain Tower's country folk rock tinged effort of 1971 was released with some fanfare as an early attempt at Quadraphonic recording. The album got decent critical acclaim, but as far as I know the release went more into the realm of legend and regional cult status than receiving best seller levels. Sad because this album deserved to be recognized as a classic.

The songs are all wonderful--everyone of them. The performances are impeccable. This album shines in every way. If you haven't heard the Tower, then you are missing out. This music is rich...........ByArlee Bird................

Hard to pin down, this Tennessee band mixes country-rock musings (in the style of the Dead or Mountain Bus) with progressive experiments that occasionally recall a better-tutored Majic Ship, or even Elton John. Side one flies out of the traps with scorching opener ‘Uncle Bob White’, with furiously strummed acoustic guitars, tambourine and the best harmonica playing this side of Stevie Wonder. ‘Thank You, Maggie’ ain’t bad either, with its considered melody and subtle electronics. ‘Our Passage Home’, which closes the side, is also noteworthy, mining a truly progressive seam with its McCartney-style bass lines, time-changes, acid guitar and strings. The album is less interesting on the generic country-rock numbers, and I’d like to have heard more of the electronica that graces ‘Song Of The Sea’, for instance, but this is certainly a grower. Perhaps the strangest thing about the record is the fact it features a male lead singer called Dana; one can only imagine the ribbing he got in the playground. .......

 Rich Mountain Tower was a band from Tennessee. They put out three album, this one being their debut. Released in 1971, this is Southern Rock avant la lettre, really. The album has more similarities with Crosby, Stills & Nash than any Allman Brothers album. People that enjoy The Ozark Mountain Daredevils may very well enjoy this too. Some great harmonies and, if you can look past the hippie sensibilities of this album, some wonderful songs, that are sure to grow on you............

The Rich Mountain Tower
*Dana Paul - 12 String Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Harmonica
*David Carr - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
*Sandy Garrett - Bass, Vocals
*Randy Haspel - Guitar, Vocals
*Bob Tuccillo - Drums, Percussion
Additional Musicians
*Lamonte "Skip" Ousley - Congas, Percussion
*Charlie McCoy - Harmonica
*John "Hoffy" Hoffmann - Banjo
*Sonny Pitman - Bass
*Weldon Myrick - Steel Guitar
*Don Tweedy - Moog Synthesizer, String Arrangements


Tracks
1. Uncle Bob White - 5:08
2. Circle Sky Moon Mix (Randy Haspel, Tom McNamee) - 4:14
3. Thank You, Maggie - 3:47
4. If You Don't Look Back (Randy Haspel) - 3:13
5. Our Passage Home - 3:37
6. He Ain't Got No Color, Boys (Bob Tuccillo, Dana Paul, David Carr, Sandy Garrett) - 4:06
7. Song Of The Sea - 2:54
8. The Same Thing Applies To Me That Applies To You - 3:51
9. One Last Farewell - 2:39
10.Marie - 2:32
All songs by Dana Paul except where stated.

Akwassa ‎ “La'Ila” 1975 Nigeria Afro Funk,Afrobeat











Akwassa ‎ “La'Ila” 1975 mega rare killer Nigeria Afro Funk,Afrobeat
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Akwassa were among the best Afro-Beat bands coming from Nigeria. They released La'ila in 1975 and were one of the early Nigerian Funk bands to get an album out. They were related to the Heads Funk Band and most members were part of both bands. They managed to release two albums as Akwassa. Their debut La'ila came out on a well known Afro-Beat label Afrodisia Records. Akwassa were originally a duo made of Felix Day (guitar and vocals) and Kevin Coburn (organ, synthesizer and vocals). Felix Day is actually Feladey, the guitarist in Aktion (another top notch Nigerian band reissued by PMG). On La'ila the band used a lot of synthesizers and the overall sound is very pleasing. Overall the album has a raw and unpolished sound, but that's what brings that certain spark for being among the very best in the Afro-Beat genre................

2016 reissue of Nigerian funk band Akwassa's 1975 debut album 'La'ila'. They were one of the finest afro-beat bands to come out of Nigeria at the time. La'ila is packed full of synthesisers and has that very raw and unpolished sound which is what makes this album one of the very best of the afro-beat genre..........

Originally released in 1975 on esteemed Afro-beat label Afrodisia Records, "La'ila" was the debut recording from Nigerian supergroup Akwassa. Founded by Felix Day (also known as Aktion guitarist Feladey) and Kevin Coburn, the group also featured core members of red hot Afro outfit Heads Funk Band, and "La'ila" certainly is funky. Raw and unpolished, the album gets directly into the pocket, tripping between slow and low strollers and up-tempo arse-shakers born out of bubbling bass, shuffling percussion and far out organ solos. If the groove doesn't get you, then the vocal will, encouraging you to stand loud and proud in the middle of the dancefloor and throw some serious shapes. The original pressing is one of the rarest records around and has never been sold on Discogs (say what?!) despite the odd two hundred heads having it in their wantlists. I'd say you need to snap this one up..........

Akwassa , aka the Heads Funk Band, were a Nigerian afrobeat ensemble who produced 5 LPs between 1975 and 1978. As you can imagine they are all high on collectors wants lists. La’lla was their 1975 debut that was originally released on the Afrodisia label. A rare as hens teeth record, it’s never been put up for sale on Discogs. Thankfully Austria’s PMG have put out this beautifully presented reissue, download codes included...............

Credits 
Arranged By, Composed By – Akwassa 
Bass Guitar [Fender], Vocals – Joe Castro (2) 
Congas, Percussion – Uncle Beejay* 
Drums, Vocals – Eddy Offeyi 
Guitar [Hayman], Vocals – Felix Odey 
Lead Vocals, Percussion – Ricky West (3) 
Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals – Kevin Coburn*

Tracklist 
A1 Funky Girl 
A2 Be Yourself (And Don't Let Nobody Be You) 
A3 Feel Alone 
B1 Orule 
B2 La'Ila (Poor Man's Cry) 
B3 Tell Me 
B4 I Don't Want No-Body (To Tell Me What To Do)

Alva “Ja Tik Būtu” 1978 Latvia/UK Prog Folk









Alva “Ja Tik Būtu” 1978 Latvia/UK Prog Folk
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Reissue of the 1978 album from a Latvian band, active in England, originally out on Pennine Records (known from Tickawinda's 'Rosemary Lane' LP). The music is in an intriguing ethno-/folkrock style, with a Baltic influence and elements of psychedelia, and even the wild days of punk -hey, we're talkin' 1978!- had an impact on the band..............

Alva is a Latvian rock band. It was established in 1974 in Yorkshire, England. The first performance took place in the same year Latvian Youth Song Festival in Leicester. 1977 Tin released her only album to be ............

One of the most amazing records I know which should be heard by a lot more people. It was discovered 20 years ago by someone I know on a fleamarket in Germany in a box amongst obscure wave and industrial records where it might have fitted better than in one with prog records. It's not perfect (some songs end like demos), but this is part of its charm.. It was made by young immigrants from Latvia who came to the UK with their parents. The knowledge of their mother tongue is so rudimentary that the lyrics can't really be understood by native Latvian speakers. They invent their own language; as well linguistically as in the music they play. This does not apply for the name of the record, which IS Latvian and translates as 'What if', a rather prophetic title (intentionally or not, most probably not) regarding the music that transcends musical boundaries known at that time. When I first heard it, I was irritated because parts here sound a lot like Joy Division, which did not exist when Ja Tik Butu was released. The unbelievable reason for this might be (as I discovered some time ago) that Warsaw recorded at the same studio as Alva around the same time; anyone can make up their own mind who inspired whom there. This is a record that is beyond any genre. Prog, Latvian Folk and Post Punk (before it existed) rolled into one by some youngsters with an 'anything goes' mentality. A 'real people' artifact (for once with talent) if there ever was one. One of the truly monumental 'obscure' records which thankfully can now be heard through the legitimate reissue. Get it..........by........westoftheskies ............

Originally released 1978 on Pennine Records, two catalogue numbers before they issued the famouse "Rosemary Lane" album by Tickwinda! Even European music might have quite an exotic feeling and Latvian ethno rockers ALVA are the living proof. Based in England at the time they released their sole album “Ja tik butu” they fell straight into the folk rock genre with their cross of melancholic, even slightly psychedelic rock and colorful, mystifying Baltic folk and all of this in the middle of the UK punk explosion. So you will certainly be aware of the raw edge the rock part of their music bears. But this is just the fundament of the songs on which anthem like haunting melodies grow to entwine around your mind like ivy. The result is mind expanding and you can be sure that this is something you will hardly have experienced before in such a radical form. Folk, melancholic rock and laid back punk rock melted into one enchanting sound with the Eastern, the Baltic folk being holding the biggest share in the overall picture. The punk feeling on the other hand is the result of a rather energetic playing while all musicians are as skilled as a band should be. ALVA leave the sloppy performance always associated with punk rock to others. They even reach a post punkish area with the strange, yet also anthem like and humorous “Vilcenu dziesma”, sixth track on this colorful album. ALVA could have inspired fans from 1960s garage rock to haunting Eastern European gypsy folk to more sophisticated punk rock and become a major force in the rock world if the business was just a little bit more fair. This album is like a trip in spirit through an idyllic landscape most of the time but there is always a feeling of uproar backing up the flaming melodies. Listen with a free mind and you will be dragged into a world of sheer beauty and joy.......by........
Sonnenmensch.............

A female fronted Latvian group from the mid-Seventies that were actually based in England, Alva are regarded as a prog-folk group, but they're a lot more varied and complex than just that! Despite many of their tunes being grounded in more typically folk-based melodies, the tunes on their sole debut work from 1977 `Ja Tik Būtu' worked in everything from little traces of acid rock, psychedelic pop, Sixties garage toughness, loose jazzy runs and an almost punky murkiness (you can even hear the guitars struggling to stay in tune here and there throughout the album!), making for a very unpredictable and colourful album with a charming do-it-yourself production.
The title track opener is a melancholic pop tune with Diana Ābols' weary purring voice over chiming electric guitars , and `Pilsēta Kurā Piedzimst Vējs' is the first folkier interlude where one of the fellas takes the lead vocal (unsure which member), a gently manic tone to his voice! Buoyant bass and jangling ragged guitars on both `Kopā' and `Svesinieks' sound like lost proto-punky girl-group rockers from the early Sixties, and the much more ambitious seven minute psychedelic epic `Akts' holds wonderfully shambling acoustic guitars strums, dreamy keyboards , scratchy dingy pipes, rambunctious drumming, and Diana's treated voice taking on an eerie unhinged snarl to close the first side.

The baffling and out-of-place tough psych rocker `Vilcienu dziesma' opens the second side with the guys growling unbearably, but thankfully the ragged electric guitars and runaway bass keeps things interesting! `Miglā' is bookend by spiky up-tempo indie rock guitars, and despite being sweetly sung, there's a weary tone to `Ziemeļvēji'. Reaching electric guitars drone manically and twist between pumping bass and bashing drums throughout the raga-like `Es Izkūlu' (with the second half throwing in a deliciously putrid and rough-as-guts reinterpretation of the melody of `Mary had a Little Lamb'!), and `Jo Beigas Ir Klāt' is a sombre and contemplative folk rumination to close on.

Despite a variation on the group reactivating in the new millennium, `Ja Tik Būtu' remains the sole Alva release to date, which makes it even more unique and precious. Many rare and mostly unknown prog-related albums are seeing reissues these days, and while many turn out to be forgettable, lost to the ages with good reason, some are exciting little obscurities in desperate need of fresh exposure and reappraisal. In that respect, `Ja Tik Būtu' is a refreshingly out-of-time album that proves to be hugely addictive and enjoyable, and prog/acid-folk and garage/psych fans should investigate this welcome female-led curio immediately!........by Aussie-Byrd-Brother ...............

Line-up / Musicians
- Raimonds Dāle / bells, guitar, vocals
- Arnolds Dāle / drums, pipes
- Roģeris Dāle / bass
- Viktors Brenners / guitar, vocals
- Diana Ābols / vocals

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Ja Tik Būtu (3:24)
2. Pilsēta Kurā Piedzimst Vējs (1:57)
3. Kopā (2:40)
4. Svesinieks (2:38)
5. Akts (7:15)
6. Vilcienu dziesma (3:50)
7. Miglā (2:29)
8. Ziemeļvēji (2:31)
9. Es Izkūlu (3:47)
10. Jo Beigas Ir Klāt (2:30)

Rock Town Express “Rock Town Express” 1977 Nigeria Afro Psych Funk







Rock Town Express “Rock Town Express” 1977  ultra rare killer Nigeria Afro Psych Funk
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https://preschmedia.bandcamp.com/album/rock-town-express-rock-town-express-lp-cd-1977-2016

What we have here is a reissue of a truly exciting Afrobeat and psych-funk album from Nigeria. This self-titled work by Rock Town Express was originally released in 1977 by Awoko Records.
There was a time in the 1970s when the best band in the Nigeria was actually from Cameroon. Rock Town Express, formed out of the ashes of Wrinkar Experience by Yaoundé boys Edjo'o Jacques Racine and Ginger Forcha, hit it hard, hit it loud and hit it funky. The horror of the Biafran War weighs heavily on Rock Town Express. The guitars wail, the horns parp and the synths swirls in a maelstrom of pain and anger..........

There was a time in the 1970s when the best band in the Nigeria was actually from Cameroon. Rock Town Express, formed out of the ashes of Wrinkar Experience by Yaoundé boys Edjo'o Jacques Racine and Ginger Forcha, hit it hard, hit it loud and hit it funky. Racine and Forcha had been recruited from Cameroon by Dan Ian and after only six months, left them stranded in Nigeria's troubled east. Their first album as Rock Town Express was released on Ginger Baker's ARC label in 1974. This, their second eponymous album, features a more subdued sepia toned cover but rocks even harder. The horror of the Biafran War weighs heavily on Rock Town Express. The guitars wail, the horns parp and the synths swirls in a maelstrom of pain and anger. 'Peaceful Solution' implores people to live in peace and harmony. 'Spaceville Rape' bemoans the wanton destruction that comes with war. And 'Nobody's Man' is the defiant cry of an ex-soldier determined to make his own way in the world. Rock Town Express is an angry and dark transmission from Nigeria's east that the war may have been over, but the scars were still yet to heal. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com...........

Tracklist
I Want To See You Tonight
Shake It On Baby
Peaceful Solution
I Want To Love
Spaceville Rape
Nobody's Man

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