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WILLIAM ONYEABOR - Crashes In Love (2nd version) LP

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WILLIAM ONYEABOR - Crashes In Love (2nd version) LP

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Crashes in Love was the first album Onyeabor released in 1977. He actually released it twice. As with most things Onyeabor the story is a little vague, but it seems he needed to repress the album and had lost the parts. At least that is the story we heard. This is the first version and is what we call the 'acoustic' version. The later version has somewhat different sounding tracks of different lengths that have electronic instruments on them as well. That is William Onyeabor on the sax by the way, we have no idea what else he played. Some of these songs you have heard before on the Who Is William Onyeabor compilation and some will be new to you.
This is the second version of Crashes in Love. The songs are similar enough that when Luaka were mastering the compilation, they sent the stereo first version of Crashes out to be cleaned and got back this mono version from someone who had both. They couldn't figure out how cleaning an album turned a stereo record into a mono one. They also didn't notice that the stereo album has five songs and this one has four, dropping off the instrumental ''Jungle Gods''. And though the songs on both albums sound similar, they are not the same. Uchenna, who originally licensed the tracks for us said that Onyeabor had mentioned that he lost the masters for the first album. So we wonder, did he rerecord the record from the record he originally made, shortened the tracks, and added some parts? By the way, the color for the covers of Crashes 1 and 2 are not exactly the same, since there isn't a tune stack on the outside, that color variation is the only way you could tell by looking at it which version you had.

A1. Something You’ll Never Forget
A2. Ride On Baby
B1. Crashes In Love
B2. Heaven & Hell

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