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Ben Okafor – Acoustic Close-Up

  • Release date: 2006-08-25
  • Label: Plankton
  • Catalog #: PCDN 161

Track Previews

  1. 1

    Brook Click to preview

  2. 2

    Hambled Click to preview

  3. 3

    Lift Up Your Heads Click to preview

  4. 4

    Same old Story Click to preview

Track Listing

1. Blue Mel Choly
2. Brook
3. Hambled
4. Heaven On Earth
5. I Am
6. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

7. If
8. Lift Up Your Heads
9. Ol’ Back Yard
10. Same Old Story
11. Theme Of Love
12. We Are One
13. You’re Too Much

Album Description

A truly intimate and organic album featuring a wonderful rich mixture of musical styles, influences and textures that make up and shape Ben’s life and his music – all rooted around an acoustic base. Building from Ben and an acoustic guitar this magical collection of songs also feature keyboards, bass and drums and all kinds of wonderful and exotic percussion!

Album Reviews

This release is mainly Ben and his guitar (as you’d expect from the title) with some unobtrusive backing instruments and percussion. The whole idea was to recreate the feel of a live performance – Ben says that these songs have been part of his live sets for yonx, but he’s never got round to putting them on an album. As anyone who’s seen him live will testify, his philosophy is “educate, entertain and inform, and inspire people to ask the question ‘How can we change this world?'” Running time is generous at over 67 minutes for 13 tracks, and production, thanks to the skills of Mark Stevens, is excellent. – Cross Rhythms