Album Review

Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump [coll] – [Strut]

Thurston Hunger   11/12/2008   12-inch, International

Even though this double 12″ set starts with a cough, it is
likely good for what ails you. Side B has that happy raindrop
style highlife sound, the ever-bright guitars arpeggiating
across a smile, but there’s plenty of other ears in here.
Solid connections to reggae, above and beyond stealing a
bullet from “I Shot the Sherif” by Sir Shina Peters. Shina’s
“hyyying” should become a popular cry. Chief Checker’s
“Ire Africa” has a rasta approved bassline. Ify Jerry
Krusade and The Immortals (especially the latter) offer
tracks that garage pop fans might dig. Other moments work
noodley guitars and sweet keys that many will dig. While
the sound overall may vary, the idea of “Happy Survival”
(a track by Eddie Okwedy here) is as good a theme as
any. Perhaps not as stunning as the Nigeria 70 triple CD,
but these echoes of Eko still shine. -Thurston Hunger

Note: LP version missing 2 tracks that CD has, also
hopefully the accompanying booklet will show up.

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