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King Sunny Ade, 'The Classic Years'

King Sunny Ade The Classic Years
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Recorded from 1967 to 1974 – well over a decade before the master of Nigerian juju was being billed as "the next Bob Marley" – these lush, iridescent workouts are simply some of the sticky-ickiest jams ever recorded anywhere on earth, in any genre. King Sunny’s guitar rolls resplendently over a plush, constantly shifting undergroove on tracks that keep unveiling "whoa, dude" mysteries, even as they languidly bliss out for as long as 18 minutes. It can evoke everything from surf rock to the Grateful Dead, but comparisons only get you so far – he's gliding through his own stratosphere, high on his own supply.

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