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Ebo Taylor: Life Stories: Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980

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    Following his recent studio album with Afrobeat Academy, 'Love And Death', his first international release, Ghanaian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor teams up again with Strut for a long overdue definitive compilation of his seminal 1970s recordings, 'Life Stories'.

    During Ghana's highlife explosion during the 1950s and '60s following wartime highlife pioneers like E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor made his name as a prolific composer, arranger and frontman leading two of Ghana's greatest big bands - Stargazers and Broadway Dance Band. Moving to London to study music in 1962 alongside West African luminaries like Fela Kuti and Peter King, Taylor formed the Black Star Highlife Band and began incorporating jazz elements into traditional highlife forms.

    Returning to Ghana, Taylor became an in-house arranger and producer for Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's Essiebons label, working with other major Ghanaian stars like C.K. Mann and Pat Thomas. Through the '70s, he then recorded a number of solo projects, exploring unique fusions and borrowing elements from regional Ghanaian folk music, Afrobeat, jazz, soul and funk.

    This compilation revisits this heyday of Taylor's work, focusing on his solo albums and some of his lesser known side projects including the dynamite Apagya Show Band and short-lived Taylor-led combos Assase Ase, Super Sounds Namba and The Pelikans. The selection also touches on his writing and production work for C.K. Mann and a collaboration recording with fellow member of early '70s nightclub band Blue Monks, Pat Thomas.

    Tracks include the anthemic 'Heaven', sampled by Usher on his hit with Ludacris, 'She Don't Know', the original version of the poignant 'Love And Death' and the rare 15-minute nugget, 'Aba Yaa'. The package features rare photos, original album artwork and sleeve notes by Soundway Records' Miles Cleret.

    Track Listing

    1. Heaven
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    2. Atwer Abroba
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    3. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - 'Victory'
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    4. Asasse Ase - 'Ohiani Suya Efir'
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    5. Kwaku Ananse
    6. Peace On Earth
    7. Aba Yaa
    Producer: George Prah
    8. Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor - 'Ene Nyame Nam 'A' Mensuro'
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    9. Apagya Showband - 'Tamfo Nyi Ekyir'
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    10. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - 'Love And Death'
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    11. Ohye Atar Gyan
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    12. Yes Indeed
    13. Mumude
    14. Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - 'What Is Life'
    Producer: Ebo Taylor
    15. Etuei
    16. Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans - 'Egya Edu'
    Producer: Kofi S.O. "Abookyi" Lindsay

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