Expensive Shit

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Expensive Shit
ExpensiveFelaKuti.jpg
Studio album by Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Afrobeat
Length 24:13
Label
  • Sounds Workshop
  • Editions Makossa (US)
Producer Fela Kuti
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 chronology
Excuse O
(1975)
Expensive Shit
(1975)
He Miss Road
(1975)

Expensive Shit is the twelfth full-length album by Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti and his Africa '70 band, released in 1975.

Content[edit]

The title of the album refers to an incident in which the Nigerian police tried to arrest Kuti by planting a joint on him. Kuti managed to eat the joint, prompting police to bring him into custody and wait for him to produce the excrement. According to legend he managed to use another inmate's feces and was eventually released.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music favorable[3]
Pitchfork 8.5/10[1]

In its retrospective review, Pitchfork wrote "it's all too easy to get caught up in Kuti's discography. Start with Expensive Shit and don't miss the road onward."[1]

It was ranked number 78 on Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s" list.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fela Kuti. 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Expensive Shit"   13:13
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Water No Get Enemy"   11:00
Total length:
24:13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Paul Cooper (March 21, 2000). "Fela Kuti Expensive Shit/He Miss Road". Pitchfork. 
  2. ^ Expensive Shit at AllMusic
  3. ^ BBC Online review
  4. ^ Pitchfork staff (23 June 2004). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". |Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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