The Action 13-More Bread to the People-3:08
The Hygrades-in the Jungle (Intrumental)-3:08
Ofo the Black Company-Enjaro-6:08
The Elcados-Ku Mi Da Hankan-5:03
Tabuka X-Finger toe-5:23
The Funkees-Acid Rock-2:54
Colomach-Cotocun Gba Gounke-2:54
Joe King Kologbo and his Black Sound-Another Man's Thing-4:07
Question Mark-Freaking Out-4:06
Original Wings-Igba Alusi-7:00
Tunji Oyelana-Omoba D'eru Ri-5:45
BLO-Chant to Mother Earth-5:59
Nigeria Rock Special shines a light on the flipside to the well-documented sounds of Highlife and Afrobeat coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s - young bands caught up in the wave of Psychedelic & Progressive Rock that was sweeping Europe and the States in the late ’60s and early 70s. As time goes by the many layers of musical output that formed around the world throughout the 1960s and 70s continue to be peeled back to reveal many welcome surprises. The explosion of Rock n’ Roll that erupted out of the USA in the 50s seemed to fan out around the globe from it’s epicentre and by the mid 1960s kids all over the world were picking up guitars and checking themselves in mirrors. Nigeria was no exception. Spurred on by Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s visits to Lagos and his band Airforce (featuring many Nigerian musicians), the sound of fuzzed out Rock reverberated around the Universities and nightspots of Lagos and Ibadan. The craze that followed hit the youth & student population of Nigeria hard - mixing fuzz-guitar & heavy African rhythms with elements of Led Zeppelin, Traffic & the Chambers Brothers. 15 of the best cuts from the scene are available here for the first time in 30 years.
Compiler Miles Cleret has spent five years working on the Nigeria Special series of albums - numerous trips to Lagos and around Nigeria interviewing musicians and researching recordings, as well as suitable amounts of time scouring dusty record stores and warehouses for the elusive sounds on this LP.