Friday, October 12, 2012

Le Grande Maître Franco et son Tout Puissant O.K. Jazz - Mario (1985)

After a prolonged silence catalyzed by flooding and extended by beginning a project to digitize my CDs, I owe you the sublime. Mario has been my favorite Franco et le T.P.O.K. album since it first appeared: A real treasure. The title track is one of Franco's major hits, but all three tracks on this album are great.

"Mario" is the perfect Madilu/Franco symbiosis, the two trading verses and both singing with incredible soul. This album was recorded during golden years where T.P.O.K. reached a pinnacle of tightness and power. Words do not really suffice.

This is a pristine pressing, so for a limited time a FLAC version is referenced in the comments.

A kind reader informed me that I had the wrong song titles for Side B on this album; I relied on an internet database because I only had the cover images with me, while I processed the sound file and post, and I mistakenly used the song titles from the first "Mario" album. It's not my first mistake, nor will it be my last. Below is a photo of the B-side label, so you can grab the correct titles.


There are a couple of YouTube videos with the band performing "Mario." Here is one I enjoyed:

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.adrive.com/public/RmhNPh/Franco - Mario-flac.zip

joji said...

Just to say : thank you. Franco is indeed the greatest. And this is the right time to remember him.

Appreciate very much the 'flac' format.

WrldServ said...

Great timing!
Thank you.

aduna said...

Many thanks for this great rip!

Apurva Bahadur said...

Thanks! Apurva from Pune, India.

Rhythm Connection said...

You are all welcome! The timing of this post was indeed cosmic, but Franco is worth remembering every day.

Does anyone have a copy of Mario 1 posted?

African Music Recycler said...

Hi,
Thank you once again for your excellent posts!
you can find a copy from Francos 1st Mario LP (Choc 004) here.

recycler

Rhythm Connection said...

Thank you, recycler! Hopefully someone will someday post a lossless version of this classic.