[11] King Sunny Ade – Best of the Classic Years

17 Dec

Throughout December I am going to revisit the first months of this journey, taking time at the end of this year to remember where I’ve been and what I’ve heard.

. . . To Hear Before I Blog

This classic Juju recording is simply an all day long groove.

The Best of the Classic Years The Best of the Classic Years

The layered percussion, the talking drums, the virtuoso steel guitar riffs all combine to have you bobbing your head and swaying your body for as long as these extended and upbeat jams are playing.

Moon categorizes this album as “World/Nigeria“, and this is consistent with how he describes the foreign recordings throughout, but this is Pop of the highest order. It is “poppy” in the sense that it is undeniably fun and accessible, as well as being “popular”, both in terms of sales and critical acclaim.

The rhythms are irresistible – hypnotic and uplifting – and evoke the heat and energy of a summer beach party as strongly as any Beach Boys record even if I don’t understand the melodic lyrics.

The fluid and technically impressive guitar work – by…

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