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Analog Africa Rob Funky Rob Way
Rob - Funky Rob Way (1977)
(CD/LP) Analog Africa Limited Dance Edition AADE02CD/AADE02LP, 2011-06-07

In 1977, a young Rob travelled to the city of Takoradi in western Ghana to approach an army band named Mag-2 whom he had seen perform in Accra. Mag-2 was essentially filled with the best elements of The Parrots, a highlife band in which Amponsah Rockson was the lead guitarist. Their primary task was to entertain soldiers and with the army tour bus, perform from town to town as well as in reputable venues in the captial. Enticed by the style of music Rob had proposed, Mag-2 backed the Ghanaian sensation on two of his most astonishing records - his first and second albums - both of which were recorded at Essiebons studios in Accra. Analog Africa is re-issuing the first album Funky Rob Way, replacing the track Forgive Us All by Loose Up Yourself from the second album, Make it Fast, Make it Slow, because the former has already been licensed by the Hippo Records label for their Ghana Funk series...

...but don't worry you're not losing anything here really. Forgive Us All is an 8mn slow-funk burner, not really essential, while Lose Up Yourself is an funky as Rob can be. Considering those two albums were pressed at 500 copies at the end of the 70s in Ghana and are now worth 500-1000$ when they appear occasionnaly on Ebay, this reissue is more than worth your money!! Rob's first album is really a more uptempo affair than the next one, and with the inclusion of Make It Fast Make It Slow on the first Ghana Soundz compilation on Soundway, you should get plenty enough of Rob hard driving afro funk!!

...This review never ends apparently! It appears that finally Hippo records haven't licended the Forgive Us All track, so Analog Africa have finally announced that "as a friend would say "trust your audience", thank you guys. "Forgive Us all" was licensed and included, "Loose up yourself" removed. The Test pressing had to be recut, some money was lost but I dont regret. Bless". So the Rob album to be released is finally the original one, in its original track order!! And since the second album album isn't planned for a reissue yet, the lucky ones who got an early CD promo copy managed to grab a remastered version of Loose up yourself, which I don't think is available anywhere... Well all in all, thank you Analog Africa!!

Analog Africa Rob Funky Rob Way
Rob - Funky Rob Way (1977)
(CD/LP) Analog Africa Limited Dance Edition AADE02CD/AADE02LP, 2011-06-07

Just One More Time - ROB by Analog Africa

Tracklisting early promo CD :
01. Funky Rob Way 6:15
02. Boogie On 4:13
03. Just One More Time 7:45
04. Your Kiss Stole Me Away 5:24
05. Loose Up Yourself 3:27
06. More 5:15

Final Tracklisting :
01. Funky Rob Way 6:15
02. Forgive Us All
03. Boogie On 4:13
04. Just One More Time 7:45
05. Your Kiss Stole Me Away 5:24
06. More 5:15

Links :
analogafrica.com
analogafrica.blogspot.com
myspace.com/analogafrica
soundcloud.com/analog-africa
facebook.com/AnalogAfrica
youtube.com/user/AnalogAfrica
differ-ant.fr (French distribution)
facebook.com/differ.ant

Press Release :
Rob "Roy" Raindorf, born on the 13th of May 1949 in Accra, is definitely one of the most enigmatic artists to come out of Ghana. He appeared from nowhere with a unique and twisted sound. An admirer of American artists Otis Reading, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles, Rob began his trade by learning the piano at a music school in Cotonou, Benin. When his education ended, he ventured out to make what money he could by getting gigs with the movers and shakers of the Beninese music scene, namely Orchestre Poly-Rythmo as well as the Black Santiagos. Absorbing and learning the intricacies of music composition, Rob returned to Ghana where he began to write his own songs and eventually sought the backing of a band, specifically one which possessed horns.

In 1977, a young Rob travelled to the city of Takoradi in western Ghana to approach an army band named Mag-2 whom he had seen perform in Accra. Mag-2 had an entire section of its ensemble dedicated to horns and some of the sophisticated music equipment available in Ghana at the time - Hofner guitars, Yamaha keyboards and the like. Belonging to the "magnificient" second battalion of the Takoradi-based army unit, original founder Amponsah Rockson decided to aptly name the band "Mag-2." Joining the army during the 1970s was often an easy decision, particularly for musicians, since the army provided not only good music equipment but basic services such as food and medical care.

Mag-2 was essentially filled with the best elements of "The Parrots", a highlife band in which Amponsah was the lead guitarist. Their primary task was to entertain soldiers and with the army tour bus, perform from town to town as well as in reputable venues in the captial. Enticed by the style of music Rob had proposed, Mag-2 backed the Ghanaian sensation on two of his most astonishing records - his first and second albums -"Funky Rob Way" and "Make it Fast, Make it Slow," both of which were recorded at Essiebons studios in Accra.

Despite Rob's training and musical education, Amponsah was responsible for the vast majority of the compositions, such as building the chord progression and arranging the horns that Rob craved. Rob would even wait for the Mag-2 maestro's cue to begin singing. Despite early successes, a once-unflinching interest in Afrobeat began to wane by the early 1980s and Disco Boogie rapidly became the vogue style around which label owners and music producers sought to capitalize upon. The style Rob had shaped his career around was in decline and an adequate income consequently became a major concern, forcing him to travel to Hamburg, Germany in search of a financial backer.

Rob Funky Rob Way
The first Rob album 'Rob'
(Essiebons INLS 6127, Ghana, 1977)

A1. Funky Rob Way
A2. Forgive Us All
A3. Boogie On
B1. Just One More Time
B2. Your Kiss Stole Me Away
B3. More

Rob Make It Fast Make It Slow
This second Rob album 'Make It Fast, Make It Slow'
(Essiebons INLS 6129, Ghana, 1978)

A1. Loose Up Yourself
A2. Make It Fast Make It Slow
A3. Not The End
A4. I've Got To See You Again Lord
B1. He Shall Live In You
B2. But You
B3. Bargain
B4. Back On You


Rob - Funky Rob Way


Rob - Boogie On - Afro funk Ghana - Victor Kiswell Archives


Rob - More - Afro funk Ghana - Victor Kiswell Archives
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Penz State Penz State ·  26 April 2011, 00:48

Real freaking shame about this release. First changing the cover art now omitting the track "Forgive Us All" - destroys the flow of the original album. That was one of the stand out tracks, it's weird organ pulses and dark mood take the album someplace else altogether. Away from the more funky stuff. Made it more essential, more of an "Album" with dimensions. "Loose Up Yourself" is an okay song but it's more typical fare. The original track listing is unlike any album released in this genre. I was stoked on this reissue but am going to pass and stick with my nice sounding bootleg of the original. All the crummy comps out there are killing the album experience. Enough with the run of the mill compilations. Full lengths, full on! Someone... please reissue some actual albums already!

Mike Mike ·  12 May 2011, 13:04

The original cover is so cool. Why would anybody want this poorly designed "modern" looking one instead? The label's name is bigger than the artist's, go figure. Is there a (unofficial) version with the original artwork?

Djouls Djouls ·  12 May 2011, 15:13

Well I guess if you want the original cover, it's gonna cost you quite a lot... Analog Africa have always done VERY beautiful artworks, so let me please disagree with you, this artwork is biou-ti-foul IMHO!!

o-o o-o ·  18 May 2011, 11:26

This just proves the point that certain reissue labels are desperate to do quick and shady license deals (often not even finding the correct producers-composers) and these people can't even get along well enough to make simple deals with each other. What a shame that Analog Africa couldn't manage to do a real reissue...

Rongo Rongo ·  26 May 2011, 22:04

Check the analog africa blog again guys, the original tracklisting is there. Just got my copy in, and it's a terrific album with the same track order as the original version, fantastic artwork (carton packaging with the original album cover on one of the pages, and a short history of the artist and album), great sound quality, but most of all that highly addictive original cosmic Afro-funk by Rob. Also check out the re-issue of the first album by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey, also available and sold directly.

samy ben redjeb samy ben redjeb ·  07 June 2011, 22:03

if someone meets 0-0 (which is indeed is = 0) please tell him that he should stop downloading music, move his lazy ass to a record store and buy an actual release, maybe then he will see and read in large letters from who it has been licensed. I cant stand people writing negative stuff without having the slighest idea of the way some of us operate. 0-0 was probably sleeping when the licensing saga of "forgive us all " was going on. The guy has never heard or read any of the stuff we have done but dares to point fingers!

To Mike, I prefere the picture I´ve used to the original one, as simple as that. It is simply fantastic.
Bless

noreille noreille ·  14 June 2011, 07:46

Thank you Samy, most of us know the real deal: you work hard since day one with a lot of passion. You make incredibly rare and perfectly selected music available for most of us. Was it for the music, the packaging/design or the knowledgeable notes, Analog Africa deals with quality, no doubt. Long live AA!

macaca macaca ·  19 June 2011, 05:56

i bought this cd the other day and have been playing it ever since. its so good. too bad "loose up yourself" removed though. could someone please post the mp3 from the promo cd here? or email me. thanks!

macaca macaca ·  25 June 2011, 20:01

guess not. :/

Djouls Djouls ·  27 June 2011, 10:52

Sorry we don't share stuff sent by the labels unless they've authorized us to do so, I hope you understand...


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