In 2CDs and 48 pages of eloquent, thoroughly researched notes and rare photos, building on the success of Volume 1, Sterns are proud to present volume 2 in their labour of love: Francophonic. If you have any interest in music whatsoever ? this is absolutely essential listening.
"Franco pretty much invented an entire genre of African music, soukous, with his agile, melodic playing. This 2CD biography of his final decade finds him expanding into 15-minute songs and epic big bands (James Brown was the model). The selection is immaculate, with lots of unheard material, and the packaging handsome"
"The late-period work collected here is a joy because Franco was perpetually pushing his band toward the future, almost always with excellent results. These songs are formally riskier than most musicians with a catalog as successful as his would ever dare, and there's a wonderfully mischievous streak to them. Even in his darkest moments Franco treated moving the crowd as a sweet responsibility."