Lafayette Afro Rock Band

The Ultimate Collection

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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier

A perfect, economical place to familiarize yourself with the seldom-heard yet universally celebrated brilliance of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Since these guys weren't as ubiquitous in the States during their mid-'70s reign, they never got the attention or acclaim that other bands like Funkadelic received. The truth, though, is that they could set the house on fire with their funk and could rival nearly any band out there at the time in terms of straight-up jamming. Of course, the band's emphasis on jamming rather than crafting accessible pop-style songs made them somewhat of a cult phenomenon since they never received the attention they deserved. So, as a result, you probably won't find many of their albums in stores; in fact, you probably won't find any. Most of their original LPs are nearly extinct, and they've never seen much of their catalog get reissued. That's what makes Ultimate Collection such a gem. It compiles all the band's greatest moments onto one disc, making it more than clear just how phenomenal this band was. The fact that it shares almost the identical track listing as the previously released Darkest Light best-of makes choosing between the two rather trivial, so don't sweat about that -- you can't go wrong with either.

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