William Onyeabor ‎– Who Is William Onyeabor?

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Luaka Bop ‎– 6 80899 0079-1-7, Luaka Bop ‎– LP 0079
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Tracklist

A1 Body And Soul 10:08
A2 Atomic Bomb 7:51
B1 Good Name 10:08
B2 Something You Will Never Forget 10:07
C1 Why Go To War 9:06
C2 Love Is Blind 7:57
D1 Heaven And Hell 4:03
D2 Let's Fall In Love 7:23
D3 Fantastic Man 6:27
E1 The Way To Win Your Love 7:24
E2 Love Me Now 7:12
E3 Jungle Gods 4:03
F1 When The Going Is Smooth And Good 12:53
F2 Untitled 0:45

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Includes printed inner sleeves and a download coupon for the album to obtain via code from LuakaBop.com/Gimme.

Catalogue number "6 80899 0079-1-7" is printed on the spine, "LP 0079" is printed on the face labels.

F2 Untitled not mentioned on the cover or label.
Comes with a code to download tracks A1 to F1.
Tracks E1 to F2 not on CD version.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 80899 00791 7
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side): LUAKA BOP 0079 A J.Lambert @JLM -29630-
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side): LUAKA BOP 0079 B J.Lambert @JLM -29630-
  • Matrix / Runout (C-Side): LUAKA BOP 0079 C J.Lambert @JLM -29631-
  • Matrix / Runout (D-Side): LUAKA BOP 0079 D J.Lambert @JLM -29631-
  • Matrix / Runout (E-Side): LUAKA BOP 0079 E J.Lambert @JLM -29632-
  • Matrix / Runout (F-Side): LUAKA BOP 0079 F J.Lambert @JLM -29632-

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6 80899 0079-2-4, CD 0079 William Onyeabor Who Is William Onyeabor?(CD, Comp) Luaka Bop, Luaka Bop 6 80899 0079-2-4, CD 0079 US 2013 Sell This Version
none William Onyeabor Who Is William Onyeabor?(13xFile, MP3, Album, Comp, 320) Luaka Bop none US 2013
none William Onyeabor Who Is William Onyeabor?(CD, Comp, Promo) Luaka Bop none US 2013 Sell This Version
6 80899 0079-2-4 William Onyeabor Who Is William Onyeabor? (2xCD, Album, Comp, Ltd, Promo, Smplr) Luaka Bop 6 80899 0079-2-4 US 2013 Sell This Version

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Samuli

Samuli

November 3, 2016
Bought a sealed copy and it contained only sides 3&4 and 5&6. Anyone else encountered this?
devin306

devin306

December 3, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

One of my best purchases of 2013, two years on this still gets heavy rotation when I feel the need for funk. Atomic Bomb ties I Wanna Be Your Dog for best sleigh bell tune. Fantastic Man is always great for when you need a little emotional lift. And When The Going Is Smooth And Good is there to remind you that this too shall pass. Heavy vinyl, full rich sound.
bublee

bublee

September 24, 2014
ALL SONGS SHAKE BOOM
gobul

gobul

March 15, 2014
edited over 2 years ago

heaven and hell... fantastic man !
gmos

gmos

December 19, 2013
edited over 3 years ago

Amazing compilation of the obscure and mysterious Nigerian electronic music pioneer William Onyeabor. I became obsessed by his music when I heard "When The Going Is Smooth And Good", a lo-fi cosmic synth funk epic with an almost chicago house jack feel during the breakdown. I was listening to a lot of African music at the time, but I'd never heard anything like this from any of his contemporaries. Plus, I already knew and liked another track of his, "Better Change Your Mind", which was a bit closer to other Afrobeat and Afro-funk that I'd heard, but it still had that slightly spaced out feel and some great synths. Now I was thinking, who is this William Onyeabor? And what other amazing music has he made? A few of his tracks have popped up on other compilations over the years but most of his output has only been available on extremely hard to find 30 plus year old original vinyl copies which were only ever released in Nigeria. Finding his music isn't easy, and even if you can find an original vinyl in good condition, they can be very expensive, $700 plus for some of his most prized LPs.

Needless to say, I've been waiting for this compilation for a long time! I'm very grateful to Luaka Bop, I know it took them a long time and a lot of effort to put it together. It's fully licensed from William Onyeabor, and the remastering job is pretty good. I assume it's been remastered from vinyl copies, so it's not perfect, but the originals weren't mastered that well a lot of the time anyway, and you can only make the best of what you've got.

If you're interested in funk, african music, experimental electronic music, synthesizer music of the 70s and 80s, the history of what would become electro, house, techno and modern electronic dance music, you need to check this out.

Highly Recommended!
djtwobit

djtwobit

December 11, 2013

The best LP i have heard in 2013. Great sound quality. The future of music happened 30+ years ago.