The start of a legend – the tremendous debut of drummer TonyAllen as a leader, after some key 70s work in the group of Fela Kuti! Fela's group is backing Tony up here – the key Afrika70 lineup – and even Fela gets in on the action by laying down some piano solos and tenor – key proof that he had plenty of faith in Tony going out on his own! And heck, Fela even produced the record, and helped Allen with arrangements on his tunes – two side-long jammers that really live up to any expectations you might have, and which make the Afrika70 legend proud – "Jealousy" and "Hustler". LP, Vinyl record album
Pivotal Afro Funk tracks from TonyAllen – a masterpiece! Allen is recording here as the leader of the Afrika70 group, but with Fela in the band, and handling production chores as well. The groove is very similar to Fela's, but with the drums higher in the mix, and a bit more of an instrumental feel. A tremendous record, one that really signifies what the immense talent of TonyAllen as a leader! And as with Fela's work, the album features 2 long tracks – "No Accommodation For Lagos" and "African Message". LP, Vinyl record album
TonyAllen & Afrika70 —
Progress ... LP Comet (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
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An Afro Funk classic – killer solo work from TonyAllen – originally known as the drummer for Fela during his key years – stepping out here on his own with the Afrika70 band! The album's a monster all the way through – every bit as great as any of Fela's 70s classics, but handled with a weird twist, too – the kind of offbeat groove we've come to love from Allen's revival of the past decade – laid out here in a wonderful groove that's very drum-heavy on the bottom! The album's only got two long tracks – "Progress" and "Afro Disco Beat" – but each runs for a side apiece, which makes for plenty of funky changes! LP, Vinyl record album
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TonyAllen & The Afro Messengers —
No Discrimination ... LP Comet (France), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
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TonyAllen steps out onto his own – moving away from the Afrika70 group who accompanied him on his first three solo albums – nicely cooking here into a whole new groove! The tracks are a bit shorter than the side-long jams of previous records, but no less funky – as Tony somehow manages to pack all the great bits he learned while working with Fela into a tighter space – coming up with the nicely offbeat grooves we've always loved him for – in a large lineup that's heavy on guitars, keyboards, and percussion – with some nice trumpet and baritone sax as well! There's vocals on most tracks – but mostly in the sing-song chorus mode – and titles include the classic "Ariya", plus "Road Safety", "Love Is A Natural Thing", and "No Discrimination". LP, Vinyl record album