Alagbon Close (1974)

Knitting Factory Records

 

  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)
  • Alagbon Close (1974)

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Brand new pressings of your favorite Fela albums on vinyl.  Each album includes a one-time color pressing limited to just 300 copies!  The color shown is an approximation of the expected color and may vary slightly on the final product.

Fela wrote Alagbon Close to lampoon the police after he was detained at the police station — which, not coincidentally, is located in a cul de sac of the same name. In this deeply anti-establishment song, Fela describes the harsh tactics that the police employ to control society, detailing their favoritism of the wealthy elite and their mistreatment of the poor. In Alagbon Close, Fela tells us, you can be detained indefinitely, you will be brutalized, you will be treated as an animal — the police have no respect for human beings. The song represents one of the first times anyone had directly taken on the Nigerian authorities in such a overt, brash manner. “I No Get Eye For Back”, a song emanating from a lyric in “Alagbon Close”, is a more melodic, instrumentally focused piece.

TRACKLIST

01. Alagbon Close
02. I No Get Eye for Back

(CD version includes "Why Black Man Dey Suffer")
03. Why Black Man Dey Suffer
04. Ikoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality

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