Osibisa - 1971 (24/96 Vinyl Rip)

Posted By : Arend | Date : 20 Aug 2011 22:44:01 | Comments : 11 |

Osibisa - 1971
Vinyl Rip in 24 Bit-96 kHz | Redbook 16 Bit-44 kHz | FLAC | Cue | No Log | Covers | FS + WU | 840 MB + 249 MB
1971 / Genre: African-Jazz-Rock-Funk / MCA Records - DE

OSIBISA means Criss-Cross rhythms that explode with happiness, and what a precise name, the first thing that anybody who listens this band admires is the fantastic rhythm section, combining drums and bass with tribal percussion instruments in a delightful way, even Uriah Heep couldn't resist the chance to add their percussion to the song Look at Yourself.
Enjoy this great "Osibisa" debut album with fantastic percussion that is almost magic...


Osibisa's self-titled album opened up their unique blend of African and Western styled music to a wider audience, charting in both the U.S. and Europe. Produced by Tony Visconti, Osibisa's extraordinary merger of African drum beats, colorful rhythms, and rock-inspired keyboard and horn parts give it an expansive sound that infuses countless musical influences. Even the melodies take bits of rhythm & blues and modern rock and affix them to the accompanying percussion beats to come up with a contemporary feel with an avant-garde atmosphere.

Tracks such as "Dawn," "Phallus C," and "Oranges" incorporate fragments of traditional jazz and jazz fusion mainly because of the flute and saxophone into their core, but then fashions the result to resemble the band's true heritage. Each song conjures up a certain African mysticism with its stressed rhythms and semi-primordial tempos. The most impressive track, "Music for Gong Gong," became a minor hit in the U.K. thanks to the well- balanced vocal charge and the beauty that's felt in the shingled layers of guitar, organ, and drum work.

In both "Ayiko Bia" and "Akwaaba," Osibisa's Ghanian and Nigerian roots come alive through the use of the flute, flugelhorn, and trumpet -- not exactly the traditional instruments of West Africa, but they are transformed and molded to take on the band's fundamental sound. What may be the most predominant aspect about Osibisa is that the vast blend of instruments and the playful lyrics inject just enough of a modern element into the album that it's properly kept from being labeled as world music or as new age.

Mike DeGagne > Review Allmusic.com > AMG Album Pick 4,5/5

Track List:
    1. The Dawn
    2. Music for Gong Gong
    3. Ayiko Bia
    4. Akwaaba
    5. Oranges
    6. Phallus C
    7. Think About the People


Teddy Osei - tenor saxophone, flute, African drums, vocals
Sol Amarfio - drums
Mac Tontoh - trumpet, flugelhorn, kabasa
Spartacus R (Roy Bedeau) - bass guitar, assorted percussion
Wendell Richardson - lead guitar, vocals
Robert Bailey - organ, piano, timbales
Loughty Lasisi Amao - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, congas, percussion

Technical Info:

Linn Lingo LP12
Ittok LV II arm
Ortofon MC 20 Super II Cartridge
Accuphase C11 Phono-pre
Cable Talk Broadcast 3 interlink
Tascam US 144 ADC - Audioquest Coffee USB Cable
Wavelab 6 and CD Wave 1.95.2
Noise Eater
Masterbase (under the feet of the turntable)


Posted By: Fran Solo Date: 21 Aug 2011 00:15:17
Thank you, Arend (I don't have this).
Posted By: ManWhoCan Date: 21 Aug 2011 01:18:59
Thank you I have a version of Woyaya, also from 1971 but only as a CD.
This will sound much better I expect.
Posted By: themaninthemoon Date: 21 Aug 2011 03:04:35

Thanks Arend

Woyaya was up here just the other day

Both have rather well treated by BGO as CD's one of the few companies that doesn't rape music when they create CD's I did compare on track from the vinyl rip of Woyaya to the same on the CD a very slight difference but I can say which I prefer no as easy as vinyl contra CD's usually are
Posted By: kantschu Date: 21 Aug 2011 06:14:33
Yeeess... thanks so much for this gem, Arend!
Posted By: yorama Date: 21 Aug 2011 06:15:35
Thank you for this special album. "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness" and so do I. Great Rip Too!
Posted By: tubert Date: 21 Aug 2011 19:18:14
Thanks for this. I saw these guys in London sometime in late '70 or early'71. They were the opening act for Eric Burdon and War! It was quite a rhythmic evening.

Posted By: Arend Date: 21 Aug 2011 21:51:57
@ Dr. Robert

The "Audioquest Coffee USB Cable" cost around $280 in the U.S.A. and in Europe around €250,00
A lot of money, but a relative of mine works in an audio shop; so I got it cheaper.. :-)
This USB cable makes the soundstage really more open and bigger...
I was also sceptical first, but now I know better...

Wireworldcable has a clear explanation about usb digital audio cables..
Posted By: Overtone Date: 18 Jul 2012 17:24:19
Hi Arend
Any chance of repost for this?
Many regards
Posted By: Arend Date: 18 Jul 2012 18:41:16
Hi Overtone,

Here are the R.S. links..

Posted By: zakhmi99 Date: 30 Oct 2012 18:30:00
Thanks very much Arend for the RS links. I have nostalgic memories of listening to this album as a teenager at my friends place.
Posted By: SwissCheese Date: 04 Sep 2013 14:11:57
Very interesting and esoteric sound. Thank you for another great post! (and thanks for Redbook, too)