Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band -
Nigerian's Juju-Highlife at it's Best,
African Songs Ltd. early 70's

Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band made a series of 4 albums called
The Master Guitarist. They were recorded in the famous EMI Studio's
at Abbey Road London and this LP is 'The Best of Sunny Adé Master Guitarist'.
I am not sure but if we believe the text on the back, written by some former
owner, it could well be from 1973. Logically, we may conclude it is not from
after 1973. The 4 albums are a collection of his best songs in the first 5 years
of his fame. ( 1966 - 1971 ) Remarkable is the fact the LP contains 12 songs
that stand alone. We are used to find his albums with one or at most two tracks
on one LP-side. I read somewhere, the phenomenon develloped later and in the old
days the songs were much shorter. Also different from his later work is that the
music from this period is called Juju-Highlife instead of just Juju. These songs
are very fresh and expose a young Sunny Adé. Love the chorus.


1 Ija pari
2 Challenge Cup 1967
3 Olalekan salami
4 O le ku
5 Afojudi
6 Ibi lekeleke ti nf'oso
7 Late Alao ( Baba Oja )
8 A nw'oba
9 Adura wa
10 Egbe igbimo
11 Sewele
12 Adeleke Oshinjinrin



ariyaSpot said...

In the very beginning, KSA said the songs used to be short short but they decided to go full version because it seemed to fit the style on non stop enjoyment when the music was on, and as such that began the era of long play version. I like the long play version better

grooVemonzter said...

I was just about to go to bed when I though, hmmmm let's check Global Groove and see if anything new is up. My next thought was OMG.... Thank you Moos!!

moos said...

Well, AriyaSpot, I understand your point of view. Personally I don't like to compare. This is how it was in those days and I like it a lot aswell. Aren't this great songs ?

symbolkid said...

i was hoping to hear those Master Guitarist records someday. looks like a compilation of them, you say, no? thank you very much for it!

reservatory said...

Very cool! Thanks for this and the Congolese 360 goodies! Always a pleasure in store...

Goofy said...

Ariyaspot, on KSA's album "Seven Degrees North" the songs are not 12-18 mins long, but shorter. As I understand it that album is not that old. Anyway, putting that aside it is the wonderful and joyous music that matters. Thanks again Moos!!

moos said...

I've got the No 4, soon come...

Lee Lee said...

Thanks so much. I love the highlife grooves.

olarewaju said...

Could you help me get the following king sunny ade's albums _ Explosion 1984.Gratitude 1985, Otito 1985, saviour 1985 and destiny 1988