Letta Mbulu —
Free Soul ... LP Capitol, Late 60s. Used ....
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Free soul – and funky soul! The album's one of Letta's best ever, thanks to some nice chunky production from David Axelrod – really kicking up the groove and helping Letta hit a righteous sound that's miles past her earlier recordings. The vocals are incredible – lightly dancing with some amazing touches – as Axe gets the rhythms all into get with a warm blend of South African instrumentation and late 60s Capitol soul. The whole thing's tremendous – and titles include "Gumba Gumba", "Kukuchi", "West Wind", "What More Could Be Right", "Mamani", "Ade", "Welele", and "Olu Ati Ayo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a "free" cutout punch, a bit of light wear, and a small split on the bottom seam.)
A lively set of highlife tracks – recorded in English, Twi, and Krobo by Oscarmore Ofori – Ghanian composer and singer. The album's got a bouncy, optimistic feel that's typical of 60s African recordings of this nature – but it hits a few darker notes that keep things interesting – especially on the track "African Retention", a driving, very percussive number that's unlike anything else on the record – and worth the price of the album alone! Other cuts include "I Have Been On The Road Too Long", "Fly Me Home", "Akwankwaa Hiani", and "Sanbra Fie". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Capitol. Cover has discoloration due to aging, and some wear.)
Really rare grooves from an incredibly obscure scene – and that's saying a lot, given how many global sounds have been circulating in recent years! The cuts here represent a unique outpouring of funky club styles from the nation of Surinam – tracks recorded by a handful of groups in the wake of their mid-70s independence – and as filled with as much joy and positive energy as you might imagine from such a political moment! The grooves are surprisingly great – upbeat funk, with lots of jazzy inflections – in a space that's somewhere between the sound of Fantasy Records in the mid 70s, and Capitol soul at the start of the 80s – tight, but never too slick – and as cool as it is classy. Lyrics are in English, and titles include "Sweet Dream" by Alwin Reingoud, "Groovy Weekend" and "Disco Party" by Erwin Bouterse & The Group Roetoe, "Try Try Try" and "You Are Gonna Miss Me" by Solat, "Funkin In Your Mind" and "Going Insane" by Sumy, "Here's To You" by Thunderstorm, and "Waiting For Your Love" by Usje Sukatma. CD