Friday, August 01, 2008
Reissue Time with Samba Mapangala
The original Kenyan issue ASLP 927. "Ladies and Gentlemen lets go disco. Its disco time with Virunga!"
The 1984 Earthworks re-issue. "The first night in town I found the Starlight Club, on stage I found VIRUNGA. It was wonderful to ask my favourite band if they did requests. They said 'yes' and I requested the contents of this album."
The 1990 CD Earthworks issue that added two additional tracks.
The Sheer reissue that includes two tracks from the seminal "Its Disco Time"
EDIT (27 Aug 08): Yet another cover was considered for the UK/European release of African Classics. Thank goodness sense has prevailed.
Reissued a number of times in different clothing but the music remains timeless and classic for me. The busy bubbling bass, the clear separation of guitars doing minimal work, the searing vocals and the horns lending their percussive impetus. And on the original LP four very strong compositions. Now Sheer have dug deep with the help of Doug Paterson to find more Virunga tunes from the same classic period as "Its Disco Time". If I had a time machine I would be heading to the Starlight to listen to this band over and over again.
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