Ayalew Mesfin - Hasabe (My Worries) (Feb 2018 ROTM)

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    What’s included in this VMP Exclusive:
    First Official Compilation of Ayalew’s Music
    Sourced From Artist’s Personal Collection
    Remastered by Dan Johnson, Head of Archiving at United Recording Studios
    180g Maroon Colored Vinyl
    16pg Full Color Liner Notes & Photo Booklet
    12" x 12" Original Art Print by Billy Clark
    Ayalew_Art_Print_WEB (1 of 1).jpg

    Liner notes
    http://www.vinylmeplease.com/magazine/ayalew-mesfin-liner-notes/

    More details
    http://www.vinylmeplease.com/magazine/ayalew-mesfin-details/

    Our very own @cjschaefer started out answering questions in the Feb guess thread here and then gave a great backstory post here.


    Not feeling this ROTM? Head over here for a discussion on swap options. Swaptions, get it?
     
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    I like this a lot, the music is right up my alley.
     
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    This is the kind of obscure, beautiful music I signed up to VMP to be exposed to. Bravo VMP, bravo.
     
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    Moving over here for questions
     
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    Same. I love stuff like reggae and nigerian rock, so ethiopian funk is a welcome addition to the collection.

    It's a great pick and a really cool album. Congrats on pulling this off to the whole team involved, this sort of thing takes a lot of time and effort to make work.
     
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    @cjschaefer Does the booklet include translations of the lyrics?
     
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    Is it a Gatefold Sleeve?
     
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    Very excited about this. I love it when VMP gets first-ever pressings.
     
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    Think we can get Cam's post from the other threads about the back story linked on the first post?
     
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    This is definitely an album that's gonna take a bit of digesting, which I'm always happy to do. I think this is a great pick. I initially swapped for Moses, but might just have to cancel it and take the journey.

    Also, I really appreciate hearing the full story behind the effort it took in getting these tracks. Wow, to think that these could have been lost to history at any point. Crazy cool that we're able to listen to it now.
     
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    My subscription is up for renewal next month (I do yearly) and this is exactly the kind of release that keeps the auto renewal on. Thanks VMP for broadening my world through music!
     
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    No, unfortunately, but it does contain an incredibly detailed history of Ethiopian music and Ayalew's rise to fame + some never seen photos from his personal collection
     
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    @cjschaefer so the magazine liner notes say the bulk of the recordings were made between 1975-1977. Is that the time period for the songs you selected for the album?
     
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    heavy weight single pocket, wide-spine - holding it right now and it's gorgeous
     
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    Records like this are why I joined in 2014 and why I decided to renew in February after seriously debating for a while. Discovering music I've never heard before - and would never know to look for on my own - is one of my favorite pleasures in life. Plus, a great deal of hard work and passion was obviously put into the pressing. This is exactly what I want from VMP.
     
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    some where a bit earlier I believe, as early as 1972, but most were 1975-77
     
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    I’m all for many more Now Again - VMP team-ups. I have not heard a second of the music, and it will stay that way until I have the record. It’s how I like to do things. But, man, I am really really excited for this one.
     
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    @cjschaefer Did all the stuff Mesfin had get digitized, and if so does that mean there's potentially more material to be released by someone at some point?
     
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    yes and yes
     

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