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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

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Body and Soul
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Atomic Bomb
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Good Name
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Something You Will Never Forget
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Why Go to War
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Love Is Blind
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Heaven and Hell
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Let's Fall in Love
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Fantastic Man
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 73:04

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Richard Gehr

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Richard Gehr has been writing about music, culture, and travel for quite a while. He has been an editor for the Los Angeles Reader, Spin, and Sonicnet/MTV Inter...more »

11.05.13
William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?
2013 | Label: LUAKA BOP / The Orchard

The afro-funk compilation that originally contained it may be lost to the mists of time, but the ten-minute existential slow-burner that hooked me on the enlightenment of Nigeria’s William Onyeabor is eternal — especially now that it’s the centerpiece of Luaka Bop’s dazzling distillation of this mystery man’s work. “Ladies and gentleman, everybody listen,” he sang knowingly on “Something You Will Never Forget,” and I did. “I want to tell you something you will never… read more »

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ho hum.

dramoscordova

If you like African cheesy-pop, this is for you. Otherwise, file it in the novelty section. It really is noxious to listen to for more than a few minutes. So many other great records from this genre/timespan out there.