This is a beautiful and melodic album that covers several years in this masters career. I stumbled upon it used one day and bought it. Since, it is considered one of my favorite African albums.
Franco is said to be the grandfather of Congolese Rumba and Soukous and, for that matter, one of the all-time African musical greats. I couldn’t agree more. Though his music isn’t state-of-the-art, his melodic structure is so sublime you can still hear his influence in all the music coming out of the region today. This Rough Guide attempt is a wonderful anthology of the years of Franco. My only complaint is that since this man has so much material, this compilation barely hits the tip of the iceberg. On the otherhand, it is one of the most easily obtainable albums from this giant. No collection is compete without it.