Fela Kuti Fela's First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session

    Cadillac Records
    • 10"£11.00
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      • 1. Fela’s Specia
      • 2. Alcana
      • 3. Highlife Rakers Calypso
      • 4. Wa Ba Mi Jo Bosue Close

      Legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti's first recordings of highlife and calypso, recorded in London in 1959, on a limited edition 10". Two of the tracks are released here for the first time ever!! The tape of the very first Fela Ransome Kuti recording session has languished in a series of dusty cupboards and damp basements for 60 years. It's a miracle that it has survived in such fine condition. The original Melodisc single, comprising side A of this release, was for long thought lost until a copy of the session acetate turned up and was reissued as part of the superb Soundway compilation Highlife on the Move (2014). However the two tracks on side B of this album have never been issued in any form and are reproduced here in all their glory for the very first time!

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        Fela KutiBeasts Of No NationKalakuta Records
        Afrobeat classic! After helping Fela Anikulapo Kuti with Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense, Wally Badarou then produced Beasts of No Nation. 
        • – beats of no nation (vocal)
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        Fela KutiArmy ArrangementKnitting Factory Records
        Fela Kuti stories Nigeria’s attempt at ‘democracy’ in 1979 after more than a decade ofmilitary rule told through this album, originally released...
        • – Army arrangement (vocal)
        Fela KutiCoffin For Head Of StateKnitting Factory Records
        Fela Kuti made some frantic albums in his career--ones that popped with his enthusiastic political disobedience and ones that roared with fury at the Nigerian...
        • – Coffin For Head Of State part 1
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            Reissue of one of Fela's later recordings, comprised of two extended tracks, the title cut and the classic, 'Pansa Pansa'.
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            • – Pansa Pansa
            Fela KutiAfrodisiacKnitting Factory Records
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            Fela KutiGentlemanKnitting Factory Records
            1973 Fela Kuti mastepiece - Absolutely essential!!!! 
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            Fela KutiI.T.T.Knitting Factory Records
            'International Thief Thief' classic Fela from 1979
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              Fela KutiAlagbon Close Knitting Factory
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              Fela KutiRoforofo Fight (2015 Reissue)Knitting Factory
              Essential afro beat! A dancefloor bomb! You need this!! KILLER REISSUE of Fela Kuti's 1972 album Roforofo Fight! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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              Fela KutiEverything Scatter (2015 Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
              Another killer gem from the undisputed 'King Of Afrobeat' Fela Kuti! Originally released in 1975. Expect nothing less than perfection. Sweet locked-in...
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              Fela KutiTeacher Don't Teach Me NonsenseKnitting Factory Records
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              Fela KutiHe Miss Road (2014 Vinyl Reissue)Knitting Factory Records
              He Miss Road', also 1975, was produced by Ginger Baker. A deep and darker shade of afro-beat that is one of Fela's best.
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              Two classic Afro-beat albums on one bargain price CD! All Fela Kuti's albums are superb! Highly recommended!
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              Yet more essential afrobeat from the African equivalent of James Brown! All his albums are great!
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              The king of afro beat does it again! Two essential classic albums on one budget CD!
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                  More afro beat classics from the master himself! Authority Stealing was actually inflammatory enough to initiate another round of beatings to Fela from...
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