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Return of Juju
King Sunny Ade
Return of Juju
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B
 
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This compilation of King Sunny Ade's work is a mixed bag. The music is fabulous, and a perfect introduction to Ade's relatively early work. What's not perfect is the way the album is put together. In the case of "Olomonge ...  more »

      
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All Artists: King Sunny Ade
Title: Return of Juju
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1987
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B
Styles: Africa, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042283252226

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This compilation of King Sunny Ade's work is a mixed bag. The music is fabulous, and a perfect introduction to Ade's relatively early work. What's not perfect is the way the album is put together. In the case of "Olomonge Ma Jo," and many of the other tracks, what you get is an extract, rather than the whole piece. It gives the producers an opportunity to showcase more facets of Ade's material, but in doing so the power and flow of the band is sacrificed--an awkward tradeoff. However, if you can live with that, what comes out of the speakers won't let you down, as the juju rhythms, propelled by a powerhouse percussion section, the snaking pedal steel, and Ade's wonderfully persuasive voice, keep things moving along in a manner that's impossible to resist. --Chris Nickson

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CD Reviews

An utter waste of hard-earned dollars!
adeolu adeoye | USA | 04/04/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Don't get me wrong: 'Sweet Banana' and 'My Dear', the albums on which this compilation were based are classics and vintage Sunny Ade. However, the CD is a disappointing and an unprofessional effort from the producer(s). Basically, what they did was pop in the original records, wait for a few minutes, disengage the needle from the vinyl and wait a couple of minutes and restart another track. Other than tracks 1, 2 and 6 perhaps, the others do not have a beginning nor an end. Even, the above ones do not have endings; just a collage and a thorough 'bum job' of an otherwise excellent effort by Sunny Ade."
You have to smile
02/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's impossible to listen to King Sunny Ade or his colleague/competitor Ebenezer Obey without smiling: The music is energetic, bright, happy, and amazingly complex from start to finish. A new convert to juju, my first disc was "Ju Ju Music", also by King Sunny. I found that disc so thoroughly enjoyable, with its fusion of African, Caribbean, and Hawaiian sounds, that I just had to try another. My trepidation that the next disc I bought couldn't possibly be as good as the first was unfounded. This disc is just as good and more amply filled. Now, which one should I try next?"