I was reading how this new Ethiopiques compilation is sellling like crazy. Having about 15 of the series as imports all I can say is about time people!
There is even a new official website.
And if we are really lucky we can get some of these old guys to tour the U.S. before they kick.
I’ll include a review from Charlie Gillett who does a BBC world music show:
“As I write, this album of Ethiopian tracks recorded in the early 1970s is #12 in Amazon.co.ukâ€™s list of best-selling compilations. Most of those above it, and many below, are advertised on TV. This album has nothing but word-of-mouth going for it, apart of course from the wonderful music contained within. But how many great albums have each of us championed, which have sold next-to-nothing? So why has this collection broken through into the promised land previously reached only by O Brother Where Art Thou and Buena Vista Social Club, finding its way into homes that have never had such a record on their shelves before? Is it all down to Elvis Costello, whose words of praise have been used on the cover?
By now, it has probably sold more copies than his own most recent album, which is sometimes how strangely these things can work. Back in 1994 Ry Cooder had never sold many records under his own name, yet his name was the original lure on first the duo album with Ali Farka TourÃ© and then the Cuban collaboration that was called The Buena Vista Social Club.Anyway, the point is, what have people landed up with, when they start to listen to the album they have bought more or less unheard?
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