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Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow - out on Soundway Records

Rob Make It Fast Make It Slow
Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow
(CD/LP/Download) Soundway Records SNDW040, 2012-03-26

After Analog Africa's reissue of Rob's first album Funky Rob Way last year, Soundway Records are this year releasing its follow-up recorded the same year (1977) in Ghana, Make It Fast, Make It Slow, and all the deep afrofunk lovers out there are shouting of joy, throwing their hats in the air! A must have vinyl reissue, definitively.

Rob Make It Fast Make It Slow
Rob - Make It Fast, Make It Slow
(CD/LP/Download) Soundway Records SNDW040, 2012-03-26

Tracklisting :
01. Loose Up Yourself
02. Make It Fast, Make It Slow
03. Not The End
04. I've Got To See You Again, Lord
05. He Shall Live In You
06. But You
07. Bargain
08. Back On You

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ROB - Make it fast, make it slow

Press Release :
Soundway continue their re-issue series with the supere-rare and much sought-after album 'Make It Fast, Make It Slow' by the Ghanaian Afro-funk bandleader ROB, available for the first time outside Ghana on CD, vinyl and digital.

ROB was an enigmatic recording artist from Ghana who cut two albums for the legendary Essiebons label in 1977. Neither of these were big domestic hits at the time and have since become prized amongst collectors in recent years. The title track from this LP was always one of the most popular on the first Soundway release Ghana Soundz and over the years we have been asked many times to re-issue the LP in it’s entirety. A stranger, slower offering than his more dancefloor funk-laden and Spartan first LP, this record sees ROB in similar territory but with the tempo switched down and the introspection turned up.

ROB’s trademark horns dominate and are supplied by the Mag-2, an army band founded by leader Amponsah Rockson, who named it after the army unit the band played for - the “magnificent” second battalion. In 1977, Rob traveled to the coastal town of Takoradi in search of Mag-2, which had an entire section of its line-up dedicated to horns, with the intension of laying out his proposal to them. Luckily for Rob, the band took him up on it.

With religious overtones and a broody, slightly off-key atmosphere at points it’s certainly one of the stranger afro-funk records to come out of West Africa but with tracks like Loose up Yourself and Make it Fast, Make it Slow he nails it for sure.


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