Ivoire Retro – Various Artists
Philips 6332 334

On this album, featuring various artists, we find
a range of styles, pachanga, rumba, boucha, merengue,
highlife, cha cha cha, and biguine to name a few. It is
a record on Philips, from the seventies, not clear
what year exactly. Tracks are from 1966, 1967,
1968, 1970, 1972 and other. Most songs are
enjoyable, only #10 is a sad weepy.
To each his own ..

Op deze plaat, waarop diverse artiesten, vinden we een
reeks nummers in verschillende stijlen, pachanga, rumba,
boucha, merengue, highlife, cha cha cha, en biguine om
er een paar te noemen. Hij komt op Philips en uit de
jaren 70, niet duidelijk welk jaar exact. Nummers
uit 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972 e.d. De meeste
nummers zijn fijn, alleen # 10 is een treurige
smartlap. Ieder z’n ding dan maar ..


01 – les Abidjanais – Mauya
02 – Amédée Pierre – Bida zougo
03 – Orchestre de Bouake – Donne moi ton sourire
04 – Amédée Pierre – Thérèse Boigny
05 – Les Soeurs Comoé – Missi milai
06 – François Lougah – Pecoussa
07 – Fax Clarck et ses Rythmes du Cosmos – Whisky and soda
08 – Mamadou Doumbia – Super bébé
09 – Justin Stanislas – Gbabouho gnoame
10 – François Lougah – Suliram
11 – Ernesto Djédjé – Anowah
12 – Les Abidjanais – Kognima kadi
13 – Les Soeurs Comoé – Mio Bio


13 thoughts on “Ivoire Retro – Various Artists
Philips 6332 334

  1. This is probably the worst album I`ve downloaded here. Not the music, but the quality of the record. This is almost unlistenable. And in general, the quality lately seems to decrease instead of getting better. I`m grateful of what you do, but sometimes less is more. Less poor quality, more listenable albums. As for me, I`d rather see only 2 or 3 albums per month in almost perfect condition than 25 albums that are mostly unlistenable. Get the point? Thank you …

    • I’m very sorry for all audiophile downloaders.
      For me it doesn’t matter at all. a few cracks and pops.
      Sometimes records are so rare, most visitors here
      really don’t mind. Good luck to you .. 😉

    • Try to think of the scratches and pops in the recordings as “extra percussion elements” of the songs, it may help appreciate them a bit more.

    • Well, I have downloaded the compilation and I listened to it. There are crackles, pops and ticks continuing throughout the record from start to finish, but they are never overpowering the music!

      The songs can be clearly depicted and still appreciated. On Super Bebe and Anowah for example, the artists manage it successfully to outperform the ‘background noise’ to about 97%.

      I would agree to you ANONYMOUS, if the background noise would overpower the music. But that is not the case here.

      From my point of view it is an absolutely justified and well appreciated posting! Dear global groover just contiune your good work.

  2. One of the nicest things about music from bloggers has always been the fact that in the digital CD and now Flac/WAV etc., era you could download an album rip and hear that it was vinyl and hear that the record has ‘lived’ and has a history. This is also one of the pleasures for me in buying old African vinyl with a sleeve that’s been eaten at the edges and the original owners name inscribed on the covers and labels as well as signs on the vinyl that it has been played repeatedly and loved. Pops and clicks are part of the sound, always was as far as i can remember. Audiophiles would be better off spending their money on treating their psychological problems rather than on overpriced, over-packaged hipster produced vinyl products and complaining about other peoples harmless activities. Live and let Live. Get the point ?

  3. Hi Moos,
    It has been a while because of other priorities but this nonsense hurts so I had to react. I am not able to download the album so I did not listen to it. BUT when I see the names of the musicians and knowing how difficult it is to get sixties music from Ivory Coast I can only say lucky that someone is taking time and putting effort to preserve this music for future generations. A big thumbs up for your work. Fuyioo

  4. I read this comment and wanted to get my thoughts straight before I replied.

    First, I believe this wasn’t an appropriate post to write. If you don’t like to hear the cracks and pops in a vinyl, then you shouldn’t bother getting vinyl records or even spend your time in this amazing blogspot that does a good job of collecting and preserving records.

    Thanks to this blog, I was able to listen for the first time a bunch of records before I start buying them and collecting them on a regular basis as a way to support my favorite artists and keep the vintage shop business.

    So, before you come here and speak your nonsense about cracks and pops, go seek some help.

    Moos, you have my entire support and blessing and I thank you everyday for the amazing work you do despite your busy personal schedule.

    • Seek help with what? Just because someone appreciates good quality records doesn`t make him or her nuts/crazy/whatever. It seems to me now that you are the one who needs help very urgently. Stupid idiot.

      • Listen up ‘Anonymous’, if you come here to offend people,
        it is appropriate to have a proper name. Next time I will
        not let your comment through without a name. I only admit
        your comment now to tell you this. You can be anonymous
        when you are nice, but not when you are rude, understood ?

  5. Hi, Moos. I was going to comment on the selection (some words on this below), but then I saw the first comment from Anonymous. I concur with your other commenters: Please ignore Anonymous; the more posts the better, and don’t be worried about record quality. Uncle Gil had a similar response from sono-snobs a while back, and was roundly defended by numerous faithful followers, including me.

    To put this issue in context, I come here for the music — the content, not the aural quality. I was fascinated to sample these rare Ivoirien tunes, in part because the music is so different from what I remember from my visits to Abidjan in ’73-’75. The clubs in Treciheville then were all soukous, Johnny Pacheco, a little Cuban and a James Brown side or two — not a trace of the variety of rhythms on this disc.

    So keep it up — GG is a store-house of great music (certainly a must-visit site for anyone who loves Colombian and Nigerian music). Your visitors love your work.

    Un abrazo,


  6. I’d say the more the merrier; the vast majority of the music is superb and provides endless joy. Ingrates abound and there’s always something to complain about if… you so chose. Hat’s off to Moos for his generosity, curiosity, diligence. From a devoted listener.

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