Onka's Big Moka

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All Music Guide - Brandon Gentry
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Brandon Gentry
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • EAN: 5099749478022
  • Catalog Number: 494780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let the People Know (3:55)
  2. 2 Dancing in the Moonlight (3:53)
  3. 3 Achilles' Heel (4:19)
  4. 4 Breathe (3:56)
  5. 5 Do You Know What Your Future Will Be? (4:23)
  6. 6 Only for a While (4:14)
  7. 7 Just Hold On (4:00)
  8. 8 Higher State (3:10)
  9. 9 High Flying Bird (4:10)
  10. 10 Summer Cycle (4:39)
  11. 11 Just About Living (4:00)
  12. 12 Floating Away (In a Bath Tub) (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toploader Primary Artist
Tommy D Drums
Sally Herbert Strings
The 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, 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
The 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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