Lazarus/Broadway Cast Recording
Triple vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket with booklet including digital download. Lazarus, the musical presented by the New York Theater Workshop in December 2015 and January 2016, was written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. The show opened to phenomenal critical acclaim. The New York Times raved “Ice-cold bolts of ecstasy shoot like novas through the glamorous muddle and murk of Lazarus, the great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing new musical, ” while Rolling Stone hailed it as a “Surrealistic Tour de Force… milk-swimming, lingerie-sniffing, gin-chugging theater at it’s finest.” Lazarus is based on the classic sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. The musical includes both re-worked material from Bowie’s iconic catalogue alongside brand new music. This collection includes the full cast and band of the original New York production with their versions of the David Bowie songs from the show as the Lazarus Cast Album. The album was produced by the show’s musical director Henry Hey, who had previously worked with Bowie on “The Next Day” and features vocals from actors Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and other cast members backed by the seven-piece house band Hey assembled for the New York run. The album was recorded January 11, 2016. Upon arriving at the studio, the musicians and cast were shocked and saddened to learn that Bowie had passed away the evening before. Their emotional performances that day are captured on this recording.
Ryuichi Sakamoto/Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
180gm vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp. The officers become intrigued with Celliers’ open defiance in the face of their old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the world’s best musicians. He creates music with a unique style that combines classical, symphonic composition, Japanese traditional sounds and experimental electronic music. The soundtrack also contains a vocal performance by David Sylvian, best remembered as leader of the popular U.K. rock band Japan.
John Prine/For Better, Or Worse
Deluxe limited edition numbered 180gm translucent red colored vinyl, housed in an old style tip gatefols sleeve. Includes digital download. Two time Grammy-winning, singer-songwriter, John Prine, is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. 45 years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and others who would know, Prine is a shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose classic eponymous debut album is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame. Prine’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Carly Simon, Norah Jones, George Strait and Miranda Lambert among others. But his genius isn’t found in his resume, it’s found in the brilliance of lyrics from his large catalog of songs.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release, the first new album in eight years from Chrissie Hynde and Co. Originally intended as s follow-up to Hynde’s 2014 solo album Stockholm, Alone evolved into a bonafide Pretenders album although she is the only original band member to appear on the album. Alone was recorded with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville. The album features Hynde on vocals and guitar joined by bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Sturgill Simpson), pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl (Blake Shelton), guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey), keyboardist Leon Michels, and drummer Richard Swift.
Cowboy Junkies/The Trinity Session
Double 200gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve. Cowboy Junkies recorded this spectacular LP as a “live” event at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. It was recorded with a digital R-Dat and using only a Calrec Ambisonic Microphone. What this means is the record sounds like the band was playing right in front of you with the perfect ambiance. Yes, this is a digital recording. True to our company principles, Analogue Productions in almost all cases reissues recordings only where the analog master tape is available. However, there are rare exceptions that whether digitally recorded or otherwise, a recording is so outstanding it’s worthy of the highest quality vinyl reissue. Featuring the sultry voice of Margo Timmins, the precise musicianship of her brothers Peter (on drums) and Michael (on guitar), and bassist Alan Anton, The Trinity Session is a spare, evocative, countrified-rock classic. Their inspired reworking of both “Blue Moon” and “Working On A Building” reveal the Timmins family to be talented interpreters and insightful neo-traditionalists. Mixing the ambitious songwriting of Margo and Michael Timmins with subdued covers of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane” and Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” The Trinity Session is an exquisite collection that holds up quite well under repeated listenings
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release. Comprised of best friends Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, Crocodiles have earned their place as one of the United States’ most engaging, hardworking and consistent rock ‘n’ roll bands of the past few years. Dreamless is the pair’s sixth LP, their most exploratory and focused release. Crocodiles’ first two albums made their home within a stew of fuzzed-out psychedelia, and the following three albums explored pop sensibilities placed against whirring guitars and barbed production, but on this album the duo’s artistic departure places their guitars in the backseat in favor of a more spacious, synthesizer and piano-driven sound. The title of the album works levels: “I suffered insomnia throughout the whole session. I was literally dreamless,” explains Welchez. “The past two years had been fraught with difficulty for us – relationship troubles, career woes, financial catastrophe, health issues,” he continues. “It was easy to feel as if the dream was over.” Recorded in Mexico City once again by friend and occasional bandmate Martin Thulin (Exploded View), Dreamless keeps the exemplary production on Crocodiles’ previous releases and reconciles their realigned focus on keys by pairing down the instrumentation to allow lyrical sentiments and themes to cut through.
Tim Buckley/Lady Give Me Your Key:The Unissued 1967 Solo Sessions
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 archive release from the late singer/songwriter featuring 13 previously unissued solo acoustic demos remastered from the original analog tapes and acetate. In 1967, the face of rock was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music-the result was Sgt. Peppers in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye & Hello. Buckley was no longer just another singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium. Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim’s songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it. Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye & Hello’s producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett’s possession. Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye & Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim’s death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare. So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley. Several rarities releases in the 1980s and ’90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew-until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career.
Prince/Sign Of The Times
Double vinyl LP pressing of this album from the late soul/funk/rock great. Sign o’ the Times is the ninth studio album by Prince, released on March 31, 1987 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album is the follow-up to Parade (1986) and is Prince’s first album following his disbanding of the The Revolution. The songs were largely recorded during 1986 to 1987 in sessions for albums Prince ultimately aborted. Initially intending to release a triple album culled from these sessions, Prince compromised with label executives and shortened the length of the release to a double album. The album’s music encompasses a varied range of styles, including funk, soul, psychedelic pop, electro, and rock. It’s release was supported by several singles, among them the socially conscious title track and “If I Was Your Girlfriend”. Sign o’ the Times was Prince’s most acclaimed record, being voted 1987’s best album in the Pazz & Jop critics poll and since being ranked as one of the greatest albums ever by several publications.
Double vinyl LP pressing including digital download. Yes Lawd! As temping as it may be to just let that exclamation suffice as your sole introduction to NxWorries, we should go a little deeper. The men at the heart of this LP – soul styler Anderson. Paak and loop beast Knxwledge – make an exceedingly clean pair, even as they deal almost entirely in the gritty: vocals that sound lived in for a couple of lifetimes; beats that kick up dust as they bump; and an 18-track set that plays like a mixtape merging skits, songs, and snippets into a package of fluid groove and rough-cut rap ‘n’ soul gems. You may have heard these two out in the world, on their own or sprinkling some of their musical gold dust on someone else’s songs, but this is what happens when. Paak and Knx get home, lay back, light up, and let it go.
Limited vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket including digital download. 2016 album from female duo Deap Vally. Femejism, was produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. NME aptly described them as a hippie Karen O fronting Black Sabbath. Deap Vally formed in Los Angeles, California in 2011. The group consists of Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums and vocals). Edwards met Troy at a crochet class in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Deap Vally released their debut single on July 30, 2012. It received a positive response in both the US and the UK. Deap Vally played on Later… with Jules Holland in May 2013, a month before their debut album was released.
Love and Rockets/Love and Rockets
Limited foil-numbered 200gm black vinyl LP pressing housed in a Japanese-style resealable poly bag. Love And Rockets’ fourth studio album was by far their most commercially successful record, and includes the hit single “So Alive.” Despite it’s popularity the record is classic Love and Rockets at their most essential level, echoing their early career as members of the seminal post-punk band Bauhaus. Mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Faithful, updated rendering of original art printed at Stoughton Printing. Manufactured for pristine sound at Quality Record Pressings. The band features Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins, who were all previous members of Bauhaus. Ash and Haskins were also members of the short-lived Tones On Tail.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 studio album by the iconic singer/songwriter/guitarist and former Byrds/CSN member. David’s instantly recognizable voice, distinctive guitar style and masterful songwriting shine on this release-and you can hear how joyful and inspired he was during the making of the album, as there’s a striking economy of sound at work here. Michael League of Snarky Puppy produced this; Crosby’s vocals and guitars occupy most of the space as you hear “Things We Do for Love,” “Paint You a Picture,” “Somebody Other Than You,” “Look in Their Eyes” and more. A folk-rock pioneer returns with a fantastic album of romantic songs, political punches, pleas for compassion-and inventive guitar tunings, too! Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in the Byrds and once for his work with CSN. Five albums he contributed to are included in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, three with the Byrds and two with CSN(Y). He has been depicted as emblematic of the 1960s’ counterculture.
Crazy Horse/Crazy Moon
The Crazy Horse masterpiece and often overlooked hidden jewel in the Neil Young and Crazy Horse canon of releases is now finally restored to vinyl for the first time since 1978 from the original analogue tapes. Features tracks initially written around the Zuma sessions and subsequently toured as part of the Neil Young and Crazy Horse Rolling Zuma Revue of Northern California in 1975. Crazy Moon shows the band at their laid back and rocking best. Features Neil Young on 5 tracks on what some consider to be his most searing guitar work of the period, plus former members of The Rockets and Crazy Horse. If you’ve never heard Crazy Moon in all it’s glory… you are in for a treat.
Nao/For All We Know
Limited double green and yellow colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. For All We Know is the 2016 debut studio album by British electronic singer-songwriter Nao. The concept for the album came about when Nao began to feature vocals with other artists, such as Disclosure and Mura Masa. After the collaboration that she did with Disclosure on their song “Superego”, it inspired Nao to work further and deeper into that genre of music. The album title, For All We Know was named so after the 1934 jazz song of the same name, as a reference to the artist’s background in the genre. Half of the production from the album was worked on with British DJ and electronic/R&B musician Grades, who previously worked with artists such as indie pop band Bastille and K-pop singer Tiffany. Grades contributed a very soothing electronic sound to the album.
The Count Basie Orchestra/A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas
Vinyl LP pressing of this 2015 holiday release. William “Count” Basie (1904-1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935, and proceeded to develop and maintain one of the greatest jazz orchestras in music history. With Mr. Basie s meticulous attention to detail, selecting the very best musicians, and making sure that every tune could be danced to, The Count Basie Orchestra soon became the favorite for everyone to listen and dance to with it’s irresistible “Kansas City stomp” style. Today, under the leadership of it’s Director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the world celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary and continuing the excellent standards in swinging and shouting the blues with precision, and continuing to be “The Most Explosive Force In Jazz.” The Count Basie Orchestra releases it’s first Christmas album, A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas! The 19-piece band is accompanied with the guest vocals of Johnny Mathis on “It’s The Holiday Season,” Ledisi on “The Christmas Song” and Carmen Bradford on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Additionally, Ellis Marsalis (Piano) and Plas Johnson (saxophone) are guest musicians on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
Limited double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. 101 is a live album and documentary by English electronic band Depeche Mode released in 1989 chronicling the final leg of the band’s 1987/1988 Music for the Masses Tour and the final show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena which was held on 18 June, 1988. Group member Alan Wilder is credited with coming up with the name; the performance was the 101st and final performance of the tour (and coincidentally also the number of a famous highway in the area). The film was directed and produced by D.A. Pennebaker. Pennebaker admitted there was a similarity between Depeche Mode and some of the other artists he’d filmed before (Bob Dylan and David Bowie): “I found the audience very rapt; they were there for that band. Not any band would do. I got the feeling that maybe there was no other band they’d ever go out for again in that assemblage, and it made me take that audience fairly seriously.”
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble/Out On The Coast
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release. San Diego’s own The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is back with their sophomore album on Colemine Records! Cinematic soul is the order of the day from this West Coast group. Covering a lot of soulful territory here: deep funk, soul jazz, breakbeats, and more!
American Football/American Football
Limited 180gm orange colored vinyl LP pressing, includes digital download. In 1999 Polyvinyl, then only 3 years old, released an unassuming debut album by a band called American Football. The band played a dozen shows and then parted ways. Then something remarkable happened: for the next 15 years, the album was discovered over and over, going on to sell more than 100,000 copies and becoming one of the most influential indie albums of all-time. In 2014 and 2015 American Football played their first shows in 15 years, selling out venues the world over.
Dr John/Creole Moon
Limited double 180gm audiophile vinyl LP pressing with etched D-side and insert. At the end of the previous millennium, Dr. John found himself having recorded not a single album of straight up New Orleans R&B in almost a decade. He soon rectified that with Creole Moon in 2001. This personal interpretation of New Orleans contains 14 slabs of Crescent City soul soaked in the daily life in his beloved city of birth. The album marked a return to the sound of his classic mid-70s records, right from the spidery electric piano and testifying back-up vocals. Most of his band, the Lower 9-11 Musician Vocaleers, had been playing with him for close to 20 years, and provided a solid accompaniment. Guests include David ‘Fathead’ Newman, slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, fiddler Michael Doucet and a tight horn section led by Fred Wesley.
Jimmy Eat World/Integrity Blues
Vinyl LP Since their formation 23 years ago, Jimmy Eat World have always been at the crossover point between pop-punk and emo. They might be best-known for feel-good tunes like The Middle, but they’ve never been afraid to experiment with slower tempos and introspective lyrics. Their ninth album, Integrity Blues, is one of the deepest yet in terms of subject matter. After taking a year out from band duties, during which time bassist Rick Burch discovered a passion for distilling, and drummer Zach Lind self-released music with his wife, the band realized their next album had to be a meaningful snapshot of the stage they were all at in life. Integrity Blues was born, marking the start of a new, grown-up chapter for Jimmy Eat World.
Pretty Reckless/Who You Selling For
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release. How do you top a breakthrough record like Going To Hell, with it’s three #1 rock singles, including the rock single of the year? You add some soul and bluesy undertones to those already rock melodies and dark, sexy vocals… and that is Who You Selling For, the third album from The Pretty Reckless!
Vinyl LP pressing. Irah makes a particular brand of alternative pop inspired by everything from traditional ceremonial music to modern melodic songwriting. The three members find creative power in their spiritual awareness and their music have a truly unique ability to both create feelings of unity with the audience as well as a sense of being part of something bigger. In the past year Irah have performed select shows in Denmark, always to full houses and critical acclaim. Media has highlighted their unique and intense presence in the music on stage. Earlier this spring their first single also entitled “Into Dimensions” was released and was described by The Line of Best Fit as “An incredible, epic debut single” and soon followed the song “Mirroring” which has enjoyed airplay on several key stations around Europe.
Vinyl LP Pressing. Wild Child’s third album Fools is an ambitious collection of lush pop that takes sad stories and transforms them into an ebullient love letter to the power of music and the art of living with yourself. Made up of Kelsey on violin and vocals, Alexander on ukulele and vocals, Evan Magers on keyboards, Sadie Wolfe on cello, Chris D’Annunzio on bass, Drew Brunetti on drums, and Matt Bradshaw on trumpet, Wild Child has built a sprawling grassroots following on the strength of high-spirited live shows that feel like self-contained joy benders, along with two precocious albums.
The Handsome Family/Unseen
Vinyl LP pressing. Unseen is the tenth studio album from husband and wife duo The Handsome Family and their first release since their unexpected worldwide fame when their song “Far From Any Road” was picked as the True Detective Season 1theme song. With it’s unique mix of country instrumentation and intriguing surrealist lyricism, the album explores the unseen stories, people, and places of the American West, where members Brett and Rennie Sparks live (Albuquerque, NM) and shines a light on the obscure and forgotten. Unseen continues The Handsome Family’s embrace of things beyond easy view: the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awakening in thorny yards, sirens, and coyotes that cry out to the purple sky. An epic western gothic masterpiece, Unseen draws from real life events. “Gold” first began when a bunch of twenty-dollar bills blew in Brett’s face in a parking lot dust storm and “Gentlemen” is a tribute to William Crookes who built the first vacuum tube in 1875, hoping to detect spirits from alternate dimensions. Many tracks fix around the idea that light emanates from things we can’t see, including behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers (“The Silver Light”), and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun (“King of Dust”). The album was recorded in the Sparks’ home studio at night “with only hawk moths listening” and features a rich tapestry of instrumentation which conjures images of the magical landscape of the couples New Mexico surroundings. Guest performers on the record include David Gutierrez (mandolin, dobro), Alex McMahon (guitar, baritone guitar, pedal steel), and Jason Toth (drums).
Gavin DeGraw/Something Worth Saving
Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2016 release, the sixth album from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. Recorded in multiple cities in the U.S. including Miami, Los Angeles and Nashville, Something Worth Saving marks DeGraw’s first full length studio release in nearly three years, following 2013’s highly acclaimed Make A Move. The first official album single is “She Sets the City on Fire,” written by Gavin DeGraw and Gregg Wattenberg and produced by Gregg Wattenberg. To date, Gavin has sold over 2.4m albums and 9.1m singles worldwide. His debut album, Chariot, sold over 1M copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles. Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel.
Springtime Carnivore/Midnight Room
Vinyl LP pressing. Midnight Room is a record inspired by the unanchored sense of loss that follows deep heartbreak. It was produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands), and features Morgan on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, piano, and percussion as well as La Sera’s Katy Goodman on background vocals, Alex Greenwald (Phases, Phantom Planet) on bass, and Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes) on percussion.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 holiday release from the Canadian songstress. Wonderland features classics such as “Silver Bells” reimagined into a shimmering, orchestrated picturesque tale as well as “Angels We Have Heard On High,” a percussive hymn of adoration and Randy Newman’s forlorn “Snow” from the 1960s. Emmylou Harris contributes vocals on “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, also featuring Martha Wainwright, and “Away In A Manager,” a holiday song reinvented as a country shuffle. Members of Canadian quartet, Half Moon Run, play on five tracks and helped McLachlan flesh out some of the arrangements, including “Huron Carol,” Canada’s oldest Christmas song. “They’re all in their mid-to-late 20s.
180gm vinyl LP pressing. On the title track of 1976’s Zombie, Fela and the backup singers ridicule the mindset of men in uniform over an urgent, quick-march accompaniment from Afrika 70. “Attention! Quick march! Slow march! Salute!” sings Fela, “Fall in! Fall out! Fall down! Go and kill! Go and die! Go and quench!” Each phrase is followed by the women singers’ taunting response, “Zombie!” Just a few months later on 18 February, 1977, around 1,000 soldiers, most of them armed, swooped on the Kalakuta Republic. Fela was badly beaten, sustaining a fractured skull and several broken bones. His mother, then aged 77, was thrown out of a window, fracturing a leg and suffering deep trauma. The army then set fire to the compound and prevented the fire brigade reaching the area. The blaze gutted the premises, destroying six Afrika 70 vehicles, all Fela’s master tapes and band equipment, a four-track recording studio, all the residents’ belongings and, for good measure, the free medical clinic run by Fela’s brother, Dr Beko Ransome Kuti (who was also severely beaten in the attack). The first journalists to arrive on the scene were assaulted by soldiers. Inquisitive passers-by were similarly set upon. The army didn’t want any witnesses.
Fela Kuti/Fela’s London Scene
180gm vinyl LP pressing. Fela’s London Scene, released in 1972, is a top-notch affair, made with a smaller band but one that punches above it’s weight. There is no tenor guitarist and no call-and-response choir, though sing-along vocals are a feature of “Egbe Mi O” (“please carry me”). Throughout, Fela’s electric piano is gymripped and razor sharp, and Igo Chico turns in three stirring tenor solos. “Buy Africa,” written in 1970, was one of Fela’s first politically-informed songs. The lyric was written in support of a government campaign to encourage local industry. “J’Ehin J’Ehin” (“eat teeth eat teeth”) is along similar lyric lines as “Shakara.” This time Fela is lampooning people who are so greedy that they eat their own teeth. In “Who’re You,” Fela channels James Brown’s vocal style over an angular funk groove. “Fight To Finish” draws on Yoruba folklore to offer advice: once you have started something, be prepared to finish it.
180gm vinyl LP pressing. 1973’s Gentleman is the last of Fela’s early 1970s transitional albums – it was followed by 1974’s Alagbon Close, on which he brought all Afrobeat’s signature ingredients together. The title track from can be interpreted literally or as metaphor concerning a wider issue. In this case, Fela’s topic is the colonialism-induced inferiority complex which led many in Africa’s new governing elites to reject African style, concepts of beauty and modes of behaviour in favour of European imports. Gentleman’s other tracks, “Fefe Naa Efe” and “Igbe,” have briefer lyrics. On “Fefe Naa Efe,” an Ashanti motto from Ghana, Fela tells a woman dumped by her boyfriend that she must get over the heartache and move on. On “Igbe” (shit), Fela declares that anyone who betrays a friend is shit, and that anybody who lacks self-respect is shit – something you want to expel from your body as soon as possible. He sings the word “shit” in a several Nigerian languages, so there is no misunderstanding.
180gm vinyl LP pressing. Afrodisiac was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road studios in London. The best known song on 1973’s Afrodisiac is “Jeun Ko Ku,” a satire about gluttony and Fela’s first major hit in West Africa. In Broken English, the title means “chop and quench,” which, in turn, means “eat and die” in Standard English. Lyrically, the standout track is the closing “Je’Nwi Temi” (“don’t gag me”), a critique of the Nigerian political/military establishment and a defence of free speech. Fela vows that he will always tell it like it is, no matter what. This proved to be prophetic stuff, given the police and army assaults, intended to silence him, which were just around the corner. “Alu Jon Jonki Jon” draws on the interaction between animals and humans that is part of Yoruba mythology, in a tale about a dog who betrays his friends. Like many of Fela’s lyrics of the period, the lyric employs parable and metaphor to encourage ethical conduct in everyday life. In “Eko Ile,” Fela sings that there is no place like home (Eko was the pre-colonial name of Lagos).