CD Darkest Light: The Best of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band [2009] (CD 4566148),
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Darkest Light: The Best of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band [2009]

  • 1. Voodounon
    2. Congo
    3. Hihache
    4. Malik
    5. Nicky
    6. Time Will Tell
    7. Darkest Light
    8. Ozan Koukle
    9. There's Time to Change
    10. Soul Makossa
    11. Racubah
    12. Scorpion Flower
    13. Heels & Soles
    14. A.I.E. (A Mwana)
    15. Dr Beezar "Soul Frankenstein"
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 33042

  • Credits

    Personnel: Larry Lee Jones (guitar).
    Recording information: Chateau D'Herouville Studios; Parisound, Paris, France.
    The American-bred, Paris-based Lafayette Afro-Rock Band holds a classic status among rare groove collectors and DJs; samples from their 1970s recordings have appeared in countless hip-hop and R&B tunes. Yet the Lafayette Afro-Rock band was a vital creative unit in the `70s, as DARKEST LIGHT: THE BEST OF THE LAFAYETTE AFRO-ROCK BAND proves. With superb musicianship, fierce grooves, and a cross-genre approach that folded in funk, rock, soul, psychedelia, and ample doses of Afro-beat, the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band deserve a higher assignment in the canon of `70s funk acts.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.81) - "[T]he searchlight saxophone intro to 'Darkest Light' has become a holy grail of sampling..."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Lafayette tracks such as 'Congo' and panoramic 'Hichache' are uplifting Afro-jazz exercises with funky, percussion-heavy undertow and towering brass arrangements."
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