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artist:FELA KUTI & AFRICA 70
title:

OPEN & CLOSE (50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) (RECORD STORE DAY RSD 20

label:KNITTING FACTORY(UK)


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A1. "Open & Close" (15:08)
B1. "Swegbe & Pako" (12:47)
B2. "Gbagada Gbagada Gbogodo Gbogodo" (9:27)



There are numerous reasons why you shop cop a copy of this 50th anniversary reissue of Fela Kuti and Africa '70s 1971 album Open & Close, not least the luxurious gatefold packaging (modelled on the gatefold sleeve that accompanied the original Nigerian album release) and a marbled red and orange vinyl pressing. The album itself remains one of the late, great saxophonist and bandleader's greatest albums: a fiery and funky Afrobeat set whose groove-based tracks brilliantly twist and turn and come laden with a variety of expressive solos from the man himself and various members of his vast backing band (including, we should point out, some incredible Tony Allen drum-work). The 15-minute title track in particular is mind-blowing.






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