Fela Kuti "Alagbon Close" (1974) Vinyl LP
Alagbon Close marks the first full flowering of Afrobeat, as a music and as a principled political philosophy. Instrumentally, the album brings together the several signature elements of Fela's Afrobeat, which had not previously been moulded into such a unified, finely-balanced form on record. Lyrically, it is a full-on confrontation with an enforcing power of the Nigerian state: Alagbon Close in Lagos was the headquarters of the Nigerian Criminal Investigation Department.
Side A/ Track 1: Alagbon Close
Side B/ Track 2: I No Get Eye For Back
One of six of Fela's albums reissued by Knitting Factory Records in 2015. Most of these will be the first time they are released as individual vinyl albums since their original vinyl release in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s - something which will not only delight audiophile Fela fans, but also the admirers of Lemi Ghariokwu's iconic artwork, now again at 12 x 12 inches as it was intended.