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11 Sep 2016

Ezy & Isaac ‎“Soul Rock" 1974 only Italian issue mega rare Italian Soul Afro Funk












Ezy & Isaac ‎ “Soul Rock" 1974  only Italian issue  mega rare Italian Soul Afro Funk..recommended..!!
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This Incredible Afro Soul album was recorded in Italy in 1974 by the two Nigerians Ezy Hart and Isaac Olashugba. 

Ezy is known for his vocals while Isaac for playing the saxophone. They are ex-members of Fela Kuti’s Hi – Life jazz band, The Koola Lobitos and The Don Ezekiel Combination. After doing amazing collaborations together, recording a few Christian Funk albums, and touring all over West Africa, these two finally settled in Italy were, after almost two decades, they not only toured through Italy, but also through Switzerland and Monte Carlo. 

The Funky Fella, a group of 12 top Italian musicians such as Maestro Leoni from Rifi records, produced three albums with Ezy and Isaac. The first one is called “Soul Rock “ and it`s considered a soul masterpiece. 

It contains the bomb track called BAWAGBE. This track is very tuff, hypnotic afro-soul-groove with Yoruba chants ruff, smacking congas, afro horns, funky breaks and a wicked percussion breakdown of rattling cowbells. It`s a very unique collectors` item for the Afro Funk lovers. 

We are also including a bonus track called “I’m Ready For you “ from the rare funky 7 inch made in 1976. 

“Soul Rock“ is considered gold-dust, it`s the Holy Grail of the Afro Italian funk…. 

Italian powerful funky masterpiece album,every track is a winner TAKE OFF!!! killer funky groove with scratching funky guitar,tough drums,powerful vocals & strong funk brass section DON’T STEP ON MY SHOES killer midtempo funky with dynamic funky drums & great funky vocals interplay GOT TO MOVE killer hard funk with funky drums & percussion interplay,acid funky guitar,hard-male funky vocals & soulful female chorus BAWAGBE beautiful afro funky with funky rhythmic,afro vocals & tough afro percussions,produced & arranged by the FUNKY FELLA original laminated Italian pressing ……… 

Hasn’t this super rare soul, afro-funk & rock LP been bootleged yet? Is someone going to reissue it soon? Recorded by two Brazilian boys in Milan, Italy in 1974, this LP is a powerful funky masterpiece album, every track is a winner! Check out Bawagbe, a very hypnotic afro-funk groove with ruff basslines, smacking congas, afro horns, wicked, rattlin’ cowbells and afro chants! Beatheads need to check out the open drum break intro to Don’t step on my shoes, a killer midtempo funky number with dynamic funky drums & great funky vocals interplay. Take Off has a killer funky groove with scratching funky guitar, tough drums, powerful vocals & strong funk brass section. Got To Move is killer hard funk with funky drums & percussion interplay, acid funky guitar, hard-male funky vocals & soulful female chorus… 



Last week I was honoured by the Italian city of Livorno. I said nice things about them in a couple of my books so they invited me over for a ceremony in the historic Mercato Centrale. One of the butchers got a little irate that it was being held right next to his stall and periodically hurled abuse at me and the assistant mayor. But other than that, it seemed to go pretty well. I was declared a friend of the city and given a bottle of olive oil for my troubles. 

It’s not clear what brought Ezekiel ‘Ezy’ Hart and Isaac Olashugba to Italy in 1974. While most Nigerian musicians were heading to London they ended up in Milan, recording an album called Soul Rock with the Funky Fella and spending the next twenty years touring Italy, Switzerland and Monte Carlo. 

Both Ezy & Isaac were respected musicians back in Nigeria. Isaac had played with Fela Kuti for five years. Ezy had written songs for the Koolio Lobitos. So it should be no surprise that that Soul Rock is regarded as the holy grail of Italo-Nigerian Funk. The good news is that Hot Casa have just re-issued Soul Rock in all its tutti-frutti, retro glory. And with the original cover that must go down as one of the best album covers ever. 

Soul Rock is an album that is impossible to listen to without a grin on your face. Word has it that Tamla Mowtown wanted to release it, but the deal fell through because of ‘technical issues.’ It’s the super-funky sound of Italian TV, where women sound like men, the men look like Silvio Berlusconi and the dance troupes are impossibly glamorous. It’s slinky, groovy and slightly ridiculous. 
Have a listen to ‘Not All Bad, Not All Good’ and you’ll know exactly what I mean. 

I’d like to think that one of their tours Ezy and Isaac stopped by Livorno. Maybe they played a stripped-back set under the football pennants in Bar Civili, impressing the old dudes playing dominoes with Afrobeat chops honed on hot sweaty nights in the Shrine in Lagos with Fela. 

I know that the Livornese would have loved their music and appreciated their funky threads. They are so much more accepting than their uptight neighbours in Pisa and Lucca. 

Soul Rock is an album that is impossible to listen to without a grin on your face. It’s slinky, groovy and slightly ridiculous……..by African Revolution….. 
Tracklisting : 


A1. Take Off !!! 5:10 
A2. Not All Bad - Not All Good 2:57 
A3. Sad To See You Go Away 4:10 
A4. Bawagbe 3:08 
B1. Don’t Step On My Shoes 5:10 
B2. Bad Day 3:05 
B3. All We Need Is Love 3:00 
B4. Got To Move 3:05 

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