Thursday, February 01, 2007

Songs of Praise by African Head Charge

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was sent into town on a mission to find a CD version of Songs of Praise by African Head Charge, without success. Well today, having found out that Fred's turntable does not seem to be working (something wrong with the connection between the turntable and amplofier) I changed the paradigm and decided to connect the turntable, which I still have after 23 years, to the hi-fi system we have upstairs. I have always thought that there was no room for the turntable, but a bit of lateral thinking made me realise that we never use the casette player anymore.

Indeed, we never got into buying cassetttes, only taping off the radio (I still have numerous tapes of John Peel in the early 80's and a Queen session for Kid Jensen, although Fiona, my sister, DID tape over my Black session for teh same DJ). Anyway, this casette played has been taking up room in the cupboard, without ever being used, so it was time to remove that and place in the turntable on top of the CD player. There is a little bit of room to slide the records in and play them. So, before I knew it I was playing the old much-loved Songs of Praise LP, scratches and all and, my goodness, it has such a great sound.

The record was made years before its time, featuring as it does African chants, reggae, dub, Indian beats and gospel in a weird but wonderful mix which is such a pleasure to the ear. The titles of the songs on the LP are:
1. Free Chant (Churchical Chant of the Iyabinghi)
2. Orderliness, Godliness, Discipline and Dignity
3. Hymn
4. Dervish Chant
5. Hold Some More
6. Healing Father
7. Healing Ceremony
8. Cattle Herders Chant
There seem to be more tracks on the CD which was published, but having heard twenty second samples of them on an internet site, I do not think they really belong to the album, as their sound is quite different to the sounds and feel of the original album. Anyway, if you can get your hands on the album, it is highly highly recommended.



Blogger Allan said...

Though it's been a couple of months since your AHC post, and you might not see this comment, I couldn't agree more with your assessment of the record. An absolute classic that I'll never tire of, I'd never managed to track down a CD pressing of the album, instead relying as you did on the lovely vinyl issue instead. Did a google search for info on the album and came across your site. Always great to know that others love this as much as I do, I'm located in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Your blog looks fantastic as well.

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