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Onka's Big Moka

Onka's Big Moka

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With its keyboard-driven, funk-tinged anthems, Toploader's first album references in equal measures of the honky-tonk of the Rolling Stones and the Faces, the soul of early Elton John, and the infectious funk of Stevie Wonder

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With its keyboard-driven, funk-tinged anthems, Toploader's first album references in equal measures of the honky-tonk of the Rolling Stones and the Faces, the soul of early Elton John, and the infectious funk of Stevie Wonder in the '70s. In fact, the entire album sounds as though it could have been recorded in that decade, and that's not a bad thing. Joseph Washbourne's keyboards take center stage throughout the album, while his gravelly vocals, by turns joyful and melancholy, are well-suited to the band's brand of dance-oriented rock. The rhythm section establishes a solid groove, the guitars wail and soar, and the keyboards act as the guide and foundation. "Let the People Know," an exceptionally catchy dance track in the style of Jamiroquai, features a string section on loan from the Bee Gees; "Achilles Heel" rolls along tunefully, the intensity building until the song ends in a chaotic wall of noise. "Dancing in the Moonlight" is another album standout, a laid-back party anthem that could have been recorded by Rod Stewart when he still had a rooster-cut. All in all, Onka's Big Monka is a supremely enjoyable record, an album that evokes some of the best musical trends of the 1970s and blends them all together admirably.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2000
Label:
Sbme Import
UPC:
5099749478022
catalogNumber:
494780

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toploader   Primary Artist
Tommy D   Drums
Sally Herbert   Strings
Kick Horns   Brass
Joe Country Washburne   Keyboards,Vocals
Rob Green   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Joseph Washbourne   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Dan Hipgrave   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Matt Knight   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Julian Deane   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Ben Foster   Conductor

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Tommy D   Producer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
George Drakoulias   Producer
Dave Eringa   Producer,Engineer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Kick Horns   Brass Arrangment
Sherman Kelly   Songwriter
Richard Lowe   Engineer
Michael Rose   Programming,Orchestral Arrangements
Mike Terry   Composer
Lopez   Cover Photo
Mick Foster   Producer
Tim Woodcock   Composer
Joseph Washbourne   Composer
Ben Foster   Score

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