TAYLOR, EBO - CONFLICT

TAYLOR, EBO - CONFLICT

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: MR. BONGO

Release date: 18/02/2013

Barcode: 0711969124811

Catalog no.: MRBLP0000109

Item ID: 380661

One of Ghana's finest producers and arrangers, Ebo Taylor was involved in a lot of the Afro-funk to emerge from the country in the '70s, working with bands such as Apagya Show Band and fellow musicians such as C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas. 'Conflict' was originally released in 1980 and is finally seeing a long overdue reissue on Mr. Bongo, following a partial remake as part of Taylor's 2009 'Love And Death' album. The five tracks that make up 'Conflict' are a perfect example of Taylor's trademark approach that saw him inject a heavy dose of funk into Ghana's traditional highlife grooves, attempting to move away from what he saw as the music's more traditional qualities. The album opens with the highlife of 'You Need Love', a track with catchy chants, horn riffs and guitar licks, and soon moves into funkier territories starting with 'Love And Death' and then 'What Is Life?', a song with thicker grooves and a flute offset against the horn section. 'Christ Will Come' is a highlight combining percussion with funky drums, flute and horns to devastating effect for what is essentially a bit of an apocalyptic jam heralding Christ's return on judgement day.
The album closes with 'Victory'. Based on a traditional song of the Asafo people, the latter song puts forward the horn section over a rapid groove and calls for the unity of all mankind. Taylor's arrangements and funky grooves combined with lyrics that touch on subjects ranging from love to religion make 'Conflict' a stand out opus of Ghanaian afro-funk that's ripe for rediscovery. 'Conflict' is being reissued as part of Mr. Bongo's 'Classic African Recordings' series. The LP features restored original artwork. Produced on heavyweight vinyl.

Also available: CONFLICT (CD).

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