Francophonics and the Democratic Republic of Awesome Rhumba

Congolese super-musician Franco has just been re-mastered. Word on the street about Francophonic Volume 2 is its good, really good:

But this 2xCD sequel to the first Sterns anthology of Franco’s recordings (which covered 1953-1980) is thunderbolts and fireworks, start to finish. Maybe it’s just canny song selection by compiler/annotator Ken Braun, who boiled down the dozens of albums Franco released in the 1980s to these 13 songs, but it sure sounds like the final quarter of TPOK’s career was its best, which would make them close to unique in pop history.

The compilation is thoughtful and well-laid out with a perfect mix of mainstream pop songs and garage serenades. Check it out.

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