Omar - Music - 90s UK Neo Soul R + B LP

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Omar - Music

Label: Talkin' Loud
Cat#: 512 401-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record: VG++
Laminated Cover: 4 inch sticker top right corner
Country: UK
Released: 1992
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Acid Jazz, Neo Soul


A1 Music (What I Live For) 5:37
A2 You've Got To Move 5:14
A3 Get To Know You Better 4:04
A4 (There's Always) Tomorrow 5:19
A5 Tasty Morsel 5:20

B1 Winner 3:37
B2 Your Loss, My Gain 5:05
B3 Don't Sell Yourself Short 3:34
B4 Who Chooses The Seasons (Duet) 5:12
B5 Last Request 5:36

Designated by many as the father of British neo-soul (though his impact extends over to U.S. shores as well), singer/songwriter/producer Omar began as one of the U.K.'s most promising R&B hopefuls with his early-'90s international hit "There's Nothing Like This."

However, unintentionally avoiding pop stardom, he chose never to compromise his artistic credibility, and because of that, people like India.Arie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Gilles Peterson, and his biggest idol, Stevie Wonder, have all endorsed him as personal fans (with the prior three naming him as an influence). Although he gets thrown into the R&B category, Omar has no real definitive boundaries. In interesting new ways with each album, he has molded soul and urban music to fit his wide variety of influences, including ragga, hip-hop, funk, jazz-pop, rock, and Latin/Caribbean dance. Despite the lack of chart success, his original techniques have garnered him a strong legion of followers in the U.K. and a devoted fan base in diverse regions across the world.

Born October 14, 1968, in London but raised in Canterbury, Omar Lye-Fook couldn't escape the call to music even he tried. His father, Byron Lye-Fook, was a studio musician and drummer who had done work for reggae greats Bob Marley and Horace Andy, as well as the Rolling Stones. At age five, Omar was already learning how to play the drums. During his grade school years, he completed formal training in piano, trumpet/coronet, and other percussion instruments, but he also taught himself to play the bass, emulating Level 42 guitarist Mark King. As a part of various brass, jazz, and percussion ensembles, the young prodigy had performed in Italy, Brazil, and the U.S. before turning 15 years old.

By the time he was a student at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music in London, he was too tempted in pursuing a professional career and left after one year. Recording for his father's Kongo label, Omar debuted in 1985 with the single "Mr. Postman" at age 16. With Kongo following up with a series of buzz-worthy white labels throughout the late '80s, Omar's favorable reception continued to grow because of his classic yet updated soul approach, which was years before neo-soul became an acknowledged subgenre.

Omar's 1992 release entitled "Music" is just that. It's hard to imagine his ecclectic rhythms and syncopations floating across the airwaves of '92. Maybe not. I don't recall any radio or mass media for that matter providing a platform for his music. To this day, in the states, Omar's musical vision has yet to be witnessed by masses. It is a shame. For all those who have heard his unique arrangements and may even own some of his LP's, we have been truly blessed. "Music" has the early 90's blend of R & B and Hip Hop. It also provides the then burgeoning blend of reggae's synth and bassline laden rock steady with R & B. He even blends the presently popular Latin vibe. A glimpse of Omar's past proves his visionary and trendsetting tendacies. Kudos. Just what I expected. Omar keeps blessing us with "what we live for."

Omar - Music (ITV Chart Show)

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Omar - Your Loss My Gain

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Omar - You've Got To Move

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Omar - Last Request


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Omar ft Carleen Anderson - Who Chooses The Seasons

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