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Osibisa: As Bs & 12 Inches

Album Review

Pioneering Afro-rockers get the deluxe treatment.

Before he went on to define prog album cover art with Yes, Roger Dean made sure that the 1971 debut album by groundbreaking Afro-rock ensemble Osibisa stood out in the record bins, supplying the sleeve’s distinctive elephant and the band’s lifelong logo. It was a crowning move for a band who presaged world music with their “criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness”.

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