Osibisa

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Osibisa - Heads Heads
Soul Used - LP MAPPS 6283 MCA
Beautiful 1972 UK Laminated Gatefold Original. Appears Unplayed. Small Paper Nick On Top Right Of Front Jacket.... more details
 
Osibisa - Woyaya Woyaya
Pop New - LP DL7 5327 Decca
Sealed 1971 Textured Gatefold Original.... more details
 
Osibisa - Osibisa Osibisa
Funk New - LP DL 75285 Decca
Factory Sealed 1971 Heavy-Duty Gatefold Original With Promotional Sample Sticker On Rear Jacket. An All-Time Classic Featuring "The Dawn," "Ayiko Bia" And More. First Copy We Have Seen In Ten Years. Cover Art By Roger Dean.... more details
 
Osibisa - Welcome Home Welcome Home
Pop New - LP ILPS 9355 Island
Sealed 1975 Gatefold Original. “Osibisa Are Not Referred To Often These Days When Historians Look Back At The Evolution Of World Music. But They Were Quite Prolific Progenitors Of The Form In The 1970s, As This Mid-'70s Album Marked Their Seventh LP In About Five Years. For Listeners At The Time Who Were Unfamiliar With African Popular Music (And, To A Large Degree, For Listeners Of Every Era), Santana Served As An Inevitable Comparison. With Their Fusion Of African Beats And Funk-R&B-Rock, Welcome Home Could Often Sound Like Early-'70s Santana Without The Emphasis On Psychedelic Guitar, And Without Nearly As Much Blues And Latin Influence As Santana Had. (The Santana-Like Cover Graphics Couldn't Have Helped Keep The Comparisons At Bay, Either.) Yet There Was Quite A Bit More In The Way Of Distinctly African Rhythms, Often Making The Album Sound Like Something Of A Link Between Santana And The Afrobeat That Would Become Popular In The 1980s. On Occasion, The Record Ventured Into Slightly Poppier Territory With A Languid Cheer That Verged On The Sappy, Though Admittedly That Approach Did Give Them A U.K. Hit With "Sunshine Day." The Album Nonetheless Had Plenty Of Earthier Extended Grooves That Tilted Toward More Kinetically Rhythmic Territory, While "Kolomashe-Trad" Took Things Closer To The Source With Its Call-Response Chant-Like Vocals.” Richie Unterberger, AMG.... more details
 
Osibisa - Mystic Energy Mystic Energy
Soul Used - LP CABLP 1002 Calibre
1980 UK Original. Appears Unplayed. Rare.... more details
 
Osibisa - Super Fly T.N.T. Super Fly T.N.T.
Soundtrack New - LP BDS 5136 Buddah
Sealed 1973 Gatefold Original. Pristine Copy.... more details
 
Osibisa - Osibirock Osibirock
Soul New - LP BS 2802 Warner
Sealed 1974 Original. Pristine Copy.... more details
 
Osibisa - Ojah Awake Ojah Awake
Pop Used - LP ILPS 9411 Island
1976 Original With Die-Cut Black Inner Sleeve. Small Cut Corner. Appears Unplayed. "Osibisa's eighth album in only five years, 1976's Ojah Awake was the Ghanaian Afro-poppers' commercial high point in their adopted home of Great Britain. Though the band had a strong cult following throughout their career, this big-selling album spawned two big hits: the Brazilian-flavored "The Coffee Song" (a '40s novelty song that had previously been recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, and, improbably, Frank Sinatra) and the disco-tinged groover "Dance the Body Music." As might be imagined, then, this is Osibisa's most slickly commercial record, with Gerry Bron's glossy production smoothing out the free jazz influences that had peeked around the corners of earlier Osibisa gems like Woyaya. (It's telling that as "purer" West African highlife artists like King Sunny Ade started showing up on U.K./U.S. cultural radar, Osibisa's critical reputation plummeted.) That said, in no way does Ojah Awake feel like a sellout move; Teddy Osei and company keep the rock and funk influences as a flavoring, not a main dish, and the exciting, potent highlife of the title track or "The Warrior" is among the group's best work. This is an excellent album for newcomers to Afro-pop, though those already familiar with more challenging artists like Thomas Mapfumo or Fela Kuti might find it a little bland." Stewart Mason, AMG.... more details
 
Osibisa - Super Fly T.N.T. Super Fly T.N.T.
Soundtrack New - LP BDS 5136 ST Buddah
Sealed 1973 Gatefold Original. Saw Cut.... more details
 
Osibisa - Osibisa Osibisa
Soul Used - LP DL 75285 Decca
1971 Heavy-Duty Gatefold Original. Features The Classic Hits "The Dawn," "Ayiko Bia" And More. Glossy, Unplayed Condition. A Classic Of The Afro-Rock-Soul Genre.... more details
 
Osibisa - Woyaya Woyaya
Pop Used - LP 43 MCA
Beautiful 1971 2nd Issue (Originally Issued As Decca DL7-5327).... more details
 
Osibisa - Welcome Home Welcome Home
Pop New - LP ILPS 9355 Island
Sealed 1975 Gatefold Original. “Osibisa Are Not Referred To Often These Days When Historians Look Back At The Evolution Of World Music. But They Were Quite Prolific Progenitors Of The Form In The 1970s, As This Mid-'70s Album Marked Their Seventh LP In About Five Years. For Listeners At The Time Who Were Unfamiliar With African Popular Music (And, To A Large Degree, For Listeners Of Every Era), Santana Served As An Inevitable Comparison. With Their Fusion Of African Beats And Funk-R&B-Rock, Welcome Home Could Often Sound Like Early-'70s Santana Without The Emphasis On Psychedelic Guitar, And Without Nearly As Much Blues And Latin Influence As Santana Had. (The Santana-Like Cover Graphics Couldn't Have Helped Keep The Comparisons At Bay, Either.) Yet There Was Quite A Bit More In The Way Of Distinctly African Rhythms, Often Making The Album Sound Like Something Of A Link Between Santana And The Afrobeat That Would Become Popular In The 1980s. On Occasion, The Record Ventured Into Slightly Poppier Territory With A Languid Cheer That Verged On The Sappy, Though Admittedly That Approach Did Give Them A U.K. Hit With "Sunshine Day." The Album Nonetheless Had Plenty Of Earthier Extended Grooves That Tilted Toward More Kinetically Rhythmic Territory, While "Kolomashe-Trad" Took Things Closer To The Source With Its Call-Response Chant-Like Vocals.” Richie Unterberger, AMG.... more details
 
Osibisa - Osibisa Osibisa
Funk Used - LP DL 75285 Decca
1971 Heavy-Duty Gatefold Original Still In Shrink Wrap. Features The Classic Hits "The Dawn," "Ayiko Bia" And More. Appears Virtually Unplayed. An All-Time Classic Of The Afro-Rock-Soul-Funk Genre.... more details
 
Osibisa - Welcome Home Welcome Home
Funk Used - LP ILPS 9355 Island
1975 Gatefold Original. Cut Corner. LP Appears Glossy, Unplayed. “Osibisa Are Not Referred To Often These Days When Historians Look Back At The Evolution Of World Music. But They Were Quite Prolific Progenitors Of The Form In The 1970s, As This Mid-'70s Album Marked Their Seventh LP In About Five Years. For Listeners At The Time Who Were Unfamiliar With African Popular Music (And, To A Large Degree, For Listeners Of Every Era), Santana Served As An Inevitable Comparison. With Their Fusion Of African Beats And Funk-R&B-Rock, Welcome Home Could Often Sound Like Early-'70s Santana Without The Emphasis On Psychedelic Guitar, And Without Nearly As Much Blues And Latin Influence As Santana Had. (The Santana-Like Cover Graphics Couldn't Have Helped Keep The Comparisons At Bay, Either.) Yet There Was Quite A Bit More In The Way Of Distinctly African Rhythms, Often Making The Album Sound Like Something Of A Link Between Santana And The Afrobeat That Would Become Popular In The 1980s. On Occasion, The Record Ventured Into Slightly Poppier Territory With A Languid Cheer That Verged On The Sappy, Though Admittedly That Approach Did Give Them A U.K. Hit With "Sunshine Day." The Album Nonetheless Had Plenty Of Earthier Extended Grooves That Tilted Toward More Kinetically Rhythmic Territory, While "Kolomashe-Trad" Took Things Closer To The Source With Its Call-Response Chant-Like Vocals.” Richie Unterberger, AMG.... more details
 
Osibisa - Heads Heads
Funk New - LP DL 7-5368 Decca
Factory Sealed 1972 Gatefold Original With Promotional Sample Sticker On Rear Shrink Wrap. Includes "Wango Wango," "Sweet America," "Mentumi" And More. Pristine Copy.... more details
 
Osibisa - Ojah Awake Ojah Awake
Pop New - LP ILPS 9411 Island
Sealed 1976 Original With Die-Cut Black Inner Sleeve. Small Cut Corner. "Osibisa's Eighth Album In Only Five Years, 1976's Ojah Awake Was The Ghanaian Afro-poppers' Commercial High Point In Their Adopted Home Of Great Britain. Though The Band Had A Strong Cult Following Throughout Their Career, This Big-selling Album Spawned Two Big Hits: The Brazilian-Flavored "The Coffee Song" (A '40s Novelty Song That Had Previously Been Recorded By The Andrews Sisters, Rosemary Clooney, And, Improbably, Frank Sinatra) And The Disco-tinged Groover "Dance The Body Music." As Might Be Imagined, Then, This Is Osibisa's Most Slickly Commercial Record, With Gerry Bron's Glossy Production Smoothing Out The Free Jazz Influences That Had Peeked Around The Corners Of Earlier Osibisa Gems Like Woyaya. (It's Telling That As "Purer" West African Highlife Artists Like King Sunny Ade Started Showing Up On U.k./u.s. Cultural Radar, Osibisa's Critical Reputation Plummeted.) That Said, In No Way Does Ojah Awake Feel Like A Sellout Move; Teddy Osei And Company Keep The Rock And Funk Influences As A Flavoring, Not A Main Dish, And The Exciting, Potent Highlife Of The Title Track Or "The Warrior" Is Among The Group's Best Work. This Is An Excellent Album For Newcomers To Afro-pop, Though Those Already Familiar With More Challenging Artists Like Thomas Mapfumo Or Fela Kuti Might Find It A Little Bland." Stewart Mason, AMG.... more details
 
Osibisa - Woyaya Woyaya
Funk Used - LP DL-7 5327 Decca
1971 Color Band Label, Textured Gatefold Original. Cut Out Hole. LP Appears Unplayed. Their Outstanding Debut: 5 Star Afro-Funk-Jazz Including Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above." Cover Art By Roger Dean.... more details
 

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