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King Sunny Ade Gems From the Classic Years

  • Words: Derek Beres
  • Label: Shanachie
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Despite the massive size of Nigerian Juju inventor King Sunny Ade's back catalog, one never tires of hearing this guitarist's unique, sometimes quizzical melodies. With a unique voice that's tough to forget, Ade was primed to take over the international stardom Bob Marley left behind–only he never sang in English, much to the chagrin of Island Records. Now we rely on archeological excavations like this brilliant six-track, 70-minute compilation of unearthed medleys from 1967 to '74. One listen to his Hawaiian slide guitar-influenced take on African palm wine music and you too will be hooked.

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