Beyond Elvis (Maybe Even B.B.), This Is My King

King Sunny Ade’s “Juju Music” (Mango, 1982) changed my life. But now, doing a straight-up comparison-listen with The Best of the Classic Years (Shanachie, 2003 — drawing on recordings made from 1967 through 1974), I can’t avoid hearing how watered-down the old LP is. Esp. regarding the abbreviated length of the jams. Never be without it, of course.

Number of King Sunny CDs in the collection: 14.

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