Babatunde Olatunji's two classic percussion ensemble albums for Columbia
collected in one set. The first LP was recorded in New York with a mix of drums, chants, and afro grooves. Olatunji's joined by Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion, and they're backed by a large group of vocalists. The best moments are the spare percussion ones, and tracks include "Oya", "Jin Go Lo Ba", "Baba Jinde", and "Shango". After the success of his first Drums Of Passion set on Columbia
, Babatunde Olatunji went even more drum-crazy the second LP – which features no less than 9 percussionists, plus a host of singers performing hard heavy tunes with a pretty strong African tinge. The material's not totally authentic, but it's more so than some of Olatunji's other albums – and it's still one of his best records from the 60s. Tracks include "Wasalu", "Ayinde", "Frekoba", "Alose", and "Omo Pup".
(Cover has some wear, a sticker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)