The jacket art is also pretty good. Very colorful and fun.
The record starts off with the classic Baby Elephant Walk. This track always makes me think of Homer Simpson. I've forgotten exactly why. I'm sure it was featured in an episode of the Simpsons way back in the day. It's been long enough that I've forgotten the specific scene or context. Whatever the case, it makes me think of Homer.
"Afrikaan Beat" is another great one. It starts off with a rhythm on a triangle or some other metal instrument. The rhythm of it reminds me of I think the Baretta theme. If I'm mistaken on that it's another 70's cop show like Swat or Starsky and Hutch. Give it a listen and tell me which it is. Now don't get excited thinking this is going to turn into a funky 70's riff, because it doesn't. The song stays pretty mellow, but still has a charming groove to it. In fact there is a liberal use of guitars throughout the record that are quite "groovey".
Then there is "Lion Sleeps Tonight", which I believe I may have featured here before by another artist. This is another fun instrumental of that song.
If you try out just these first 3 tracks you'll get the flavor for the rest of the record. I personally love every track on here. There is an irony to the happiness in the songs when put in the light of today's knowledge of all the tragedies that are going on in Africa. Maybe that will put you off. It is kind of a sad thing to think about, but then again if you start to get down, the music will pick you right back up again.
Carl Stevens - African Sounds.zip
01 Baby Elephant Walk.m4a
02 Afrikaan Beat.m4a
03 Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight).m4a
05 Jolly Jika.m4a
06 The Call Of The Jungle.m4a
08 African Waltz.m4a
09 Wa-Chi-Bam-Ba (Valley Of A Thousand Hills).m4a
10 King Kong.m4a
11 Tsetse Fly.m4a
12 Tiana-Tche (The Jungle Roars).m4a