Despite his unassuming moniker Rob was one of the most vital Ghanaian artists of the 1970s. After cutting his teeth with the acclaimed Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Rob released a couple of solo LPs toward the end of the decade. Make It Fast, Make It Slow is his best-known, but his eponymous 1977 debut is a similarly delightful piece of West African funk-soul. Now we find the rare gem reissued by Mr. Bongo.
Vinyl LP £18.49 MRBLP166
Reissue LP on Mr Bongo.
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CD £9.49 MRBCD166
Reissue CD on Mr Bongo.
Rob is a legendary Ghanian artist specialising in a hybrid of funk and soul, as well as hints of space music and cosmic jazz. After releasing two albums in the 70s, Rob's music sunk into obscurity save for some eye-wateringly expensive Discogs originals. Mr Bongo are releasing his first album 'Funky Rob Way'.
This album is interestingly sparse. There's lots of space in the music. Each part is clearly defined. There are simple, direct horn parts, syncopated guitar lines played through a wah-wah pedal, and Rob's continuous chanted refrain's; he definitely shouts 'Funky Rob' on at least two songs. I suppose he's a kind of 70s DJ Khaled...
Much of these tracks settle into a groove straight away and stay there, and it's because of this that the album is quite hypnotic in the same way that Sun Ra's music is. I enjoyed 'Funky Rob Way'. The arrangements are consistently great and the funkiness never feels overpowering; it's always backed up by a steady drum and bass groove. Any 'lost' album always tends to be pretty great and this one is no exception.
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