I have yet to meet a Mulatu record I didn't like. In fact, every release that's come through this place has been sublime. This high quality 1974 album is no exception and might actually the best we've had. It's not so clear whether this particular release is a compilation or a straight reissue, but we do know that the tracks here are from the late 60s to mid 70s. But when it comes to rarities such as African jazz, these things are not that important. What is important is that this is some of the most sinister, dark and musky jazz sounds you'll hear in your life. Picture yourself weaving through tight alleyways, and pungent city smells and noises... this is the soundtrack. Pure wicked joy. Check out: "Yekatit," "Netsanet" (fuzz guitar!), "Sabye," "Yekermo Sew" and "Asmarina." 9 tracks in all, recommended.
- 2nd album from inventive Ethiopian jazz multi-instrumentalist
- black vinyl pressing
- high-quality Japanese import w/ obi strip
- limited edition
- original release year: 1974
- music label: P-Vine 2021
reviewed by the mgmnt 03/2008