Tony Allen

N.E.P.A. (Neever Expect Power Always) (COMET102)

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N.E.P.A. (Neever Expect Power Always)

Tony Allen



LPS 166079




LP 24,78 €

Heroic Nigerian drummer Tony Allen put out this landmark album in 1984, but the sounds bare all the hallmarks of his best 70s material. The grooves are super chunky and many say the title track here is one of Allen's best ever tunes. It has a punchy hook and political sentiment that really resonates while the rest of the tunes are not too shabby either. There wired up with electronics next to the trumpets, drums and percussion and have a super cool Celluloid Electric Africa vibe as a result. A regal and dub version is included of that title track meaning this reissue won't hang around for long.


  • Tony Allen - drums
  • Joe Blake, Oghene Kologbo, Victor Addis - guitar
  • Victor Addis - bass, keyboards
  • Gboyega Adelaja - keyboards
  • Dusty - congas
  • Michael "Bami" Rose - alto sax
  • Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton, Tunji Omoshebi - trumpet
  • Nicky Norris - trombone
  • Candido, Victor Addis - lead vocals


  • SIDE A
  • A1. N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)
  • A2. N.E.P.A. Dance Dub
  • SIDE B
  • B1. When One Road Close (Another One Go Open)
  • B2. Road Close Dance Dub