[ Mr Bongo / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 3 July 2020
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Although best known for her jazz work, Dee Dee has had a wonderfully rich and varied career encompassing soul, musicals, gospel, and underground disco from the 70's to the present day. She is still active as a vocalist, composer, and producer.
Mr Bongo take things back to the early years of Dee Dee's career with her debut album 'Afro Blue'. Recorded in Tokyo in 1974, the album was released exclusively in Japan via two different Japanese labels (Trio Records in 1974 and All Art in 1985 respectively). Each release had unique cover art and Mr Bongo have opted to present the album in its original 1974 form.
'Afro Blue' features an exquisite collaboration of American and Japanese musicians, such as Cecil & Ron Bridgewater, Motohiko Hino and producer Takao Ishizuka. The result is a sublime deep soul-jazz masterpiece with timeless versions of 'People Make The World Go Round', 'Love From The Sun', and 'Afro Blue'. It is arguably one of the finest albums in its genre.
A1. Afro Blue
A2. Love Vibrations
A3. Blues Medley (Everyday I Have The Blues / Stormy Monday Blues)
B1. Little B's Poem
B2: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
B3: Love From The Sun
B4: People Make The World Go Round