12 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third volume in Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics series (David Byrne, curator) comes with an eminently descriptive title: Love’s a Real Thing: Funky Fuzzy Sounds From West Africa. One listen to the clamorous Afro-Beat contained within and you realize that those sonorous “Funky & Fuzzy” descriptors mean what they say. Love’s a Real Thing is a take no prisoners delivery of wild and deranged sounds from the musically fertile milieu of early ‘70s West Africa. The musicians featured on the album made music that was boldly experimental, bracingly contemporary and stridently political. Uncompromising tracks like the wild, fuzz-choked battle cry of Ofo & the Black Company’s “Allah Wakbarr” and the sinuous, challenging funk of the Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo’s “Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome” give the listener a vibrant picture of West African life in the psychedelic era; the burgeoning night-clubs full of aspiring James Browns competing for floor space, the unrelenting beat, and the birth of political consciousness. Love’s A Real Thing is more than a compilation of superlative music; it's a compelling document of an overlooked moment in African musical history.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third volume in Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics series (David Byrne, curator) comes with an eminently descriptive title: Love’s a Real Thing: Funky Fuzzy Sounds From West Africa. One listen to the clamorous Afro-Beat contained within and you realize that those sonorous “Funky & Fuzzy” descriptors mean what they say. Love’s a Real Thing is a take no prisoners delivery of wild and deranged sounds from the musically fertile milieu of early ‘70s West Africa. The musicians featured on the album made music that was boldly experimental, bracingly contemporary and stridently political. Uncompromising tracks like the wild, fuzz-choked battle cry of Ofo & the Black Company’s “Allah Wakbarr” and the sinuous, challenging funk of the Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo’s “Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome” give the listener a vibrant picture of West African life in the psychedelic era; the burgeoning night-clubs full of aspiring James Browns competing for floor space, the unrelenting beat, and the birth of political consciousness. Love’s A Real Thing is more than a compilation of superlative music; it's a compelling document of an overlooked moment in African musical history.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings

World Psy Classics 3

pasteyface

it's got it all.
better change your mind and ifa are true keepers that belong in all music libraries
fonque !

Funky and raw grooves you didn't know existed

fromthetop

Richly atmospheric and funky, this collection benefits for the slightly raw-sounding production on many songs, although the crisp sound of "Ceddo End Title" adds to its intimate intensity. Hearing this album is like being in a gritty club late at night in Africa in the 70's (though I can't personally vouch for it), after the glitterati have left and the live band is grooving at its hardest. These are musicians and tunesmiths of the highest order, making this a highly danceable and vital album that has real cultural roots. Guitar, bass, keyboards, sax, xylophone (it's gotta be!) and drums create a spare yet propulsive mix that's a far cry from the lush strings- and brass-supported sound of Motown. There are enough strictly instrumental stretches that when the vocals (very good, if mostly non-English) kick in, the band is still at the heart of the tuneful proceedings. Highlights include the insistently soulful "Love's a Real Thing", and "Better Change Your Mind". If "Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome" and "Allah Wakbarr" don't get you dancing in your apartment, nothing will.

Beautiful emphatic funk from Africa

Billy Club

Take the beats of Africa, kidnap and tranport them to North America, supress them, let them free in the church. Let the emphasis on loving the lord fall away in the 20th century and let big bad men like Otis Redding and James Brown loose, like a sex machine man, screaming, you know, doin it! Play them on Top 40 Radio, and that funky raw groove is going to get back to AFRICA! These cuts are smooth and rough, familiar and extraterrestrial. Play it loud or play it soft, it's fantastic music.

Dontcha wish you had David Byrne's job, finding the best of the best music from around the world and re-releasing it. This is gorgeous, empahtic, and funkalicious stuff!!

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