Friday, February 10, 2012

Orlando Julius Lp -Original Edition Sold Out!

EDIT: CONSUMER ALERT: This release was done in co-production with the Traffic Entertainment Group who are responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of this record.

Traffic has recently decided (without informing me or Orlando Julius) to put out a second edition of the album which does no longer contain the booklet but still comes in the (useless) over sized, extra wide outer sleeve.

I have not in any way authorized this crappy 2nd edition. I strongly suggest to not buy this slimmed down cheapo product and would encourage to instead pursue various forms of digital download.

You can download digital files of the booklet here!




Orlando Julius has been a well known name on the West African music scene all through the 1960s and 70s. His early work was recorded in the Philips studios under the strict supervision of their house producers who were putting an emphasis on a pleasant and swinging sound that was jugging along in a pleasant way, bridging big band highlife music with American soul.

In 1972 and 1973, Orlando Julius and his band The Afrosounders visited the legendary ARC Lagos studio of Ginger Baker and what OJ and the gang put to tape there was an entirely different beast: They recorded and album packed with unadulterated, funky Afrobeat of the heaviest caliber.

The soundtrack to the video above is a shortened version of "Aseni", recorded directly from my original vintage vinyl copy. Only a short edit of one out of six long and epic killer tunes which are all included on this record

For the first time, Orlando and the his band were able to really let loose and showcase their full power with an unfiltered impact. They laid down six epic tracks that from a Funk or Afrobeat perspective definitely count as Orlando's strongest work but it seemed that Philips were not too happy with this result. They completely botched the distribution of this record and while Orlando's earlier and later work has all been re-issued over the past years, sometimes multiple times and from various international labels, this, his best record has remained under the radar and virtually unknown to the worldwide community of African music lovers. This was until I was sitting in my friend Damian Iwuagwu's house in Lagos back in January of 2010, drinking a cold Star beer and enjoying the evening when he casually handed me this LP and asked "what about this one, I got this the other day and I don't think I've ever seen it before".

Now this record is re-released with its original artwork and extensive liner notes written by Orlando Julius himself, including loads of great vintage photographs.

buy the LP here
or the CD here

39 comments:

Derek Vandivere said...

Any way of getting the CD out here in Europe (specifically, The Netherlands)?

Frank said...

It might take an extra week or two for the CDs to be shipped to the European distributers but it will eventually be distributed worldwide and you shouldn't have any trouble finding it on European Amazon or other online retailers. If you are lucky enough to still have a record store in your city, do the right thing and buy it there.

Thanx for your support!

Frank

icastico said...

Any plans for any of these releases you have worked on getting wide digital distribution? I haven't seen them showing up on Rhapsody yet, for instance.

Marc B. from Chicago said...

This sounds awesome Frank! Are you releasing this with Academy?

GM said...

Fantastc Voodoo Frank!

Frank said...

Hi Marc!
No, this one is coming out in collaboration with Traffic Ent. Group.

Icastico, I don't really know anything about digital distribution. Personally, I don't even own an ipod or any other mp3 device... all these releases come with nice booklets, even the CDs look great and I can't stand CDs normally... I know, I'm probably way behind the times but what can I do?

Frank

slow hot wind said...

oh wow, great news with the OJ release!
thanks once again for all your efforts - you know a lot of people out there are hungry for this great music and like to have it as a physical media no matter if it is a reissue.
keep on keeping on.

btw. like the voodoo funk logo shirt with the eagle - any chance to get them via HHV?

Frank said...

Thanx!

The shirts are exclusively available through dizzyjam in England. Check out my online store on their site, the shirts are a great value and shipping's not too expensive, I think.... (now I'm starting to sound like a used car salesman)

Fred said...

Amazing news with this reissue.
I remember that you've played this record during your last european tour in November.
Now,i'm waiting for more reissues:Orchestre Anos Band de Parakou,Rob,Marijata,...

Cyril said...

C'est ENORME !! can't wait. Many thanks Frank

bobbie gardner said...

Looking forward to hearing it.

Xan said...

Great site. I'll plan to spend some of my weekend reading, listening and learning. Found you via Joe Tangari's "Indestructible Beat" article on Pitchfork.

United said...

Where can I get this online at in the US? Is this limited or plenty for all? It looks like its available on the 15th at most places..

Frank said...

Dustygroove.com should have the vinyl any day now!

Paul said...

Didn't see this one coming! Sounds great. Are any of your other re-issues coming out any time soon? Looking forward to them.

D said...

saw the documentary clip, love what you are doing!! <3

Paulo said...

can't wait to hear this, as well as the new mix you put up! Are any of these songs on the OJ comp that Vampi Soul put out a while back?

I just got the K Frimpong reissue that Secret Stash put out, it's great that more of these 1:1 reissues are coming out. I'm hoping someone is working on an Ofo the Black Company one...

I wanted to ask, are you still looking to sell some of those record shop paintings you used to hang up at your parties? If you are, let me know - I'm in New York, you wouldn't even have to bother with shipping!

Master Jackets said...

glad to see the documentary shot up to 103% i think since yesterday haha! good job

Frank said...

Hey Paulo,

none of the recordings on the Orlando Julius LP have ever before been available on any other comps or re-issues.
Some of the tracks are different versions and recordings of songs he did earlier but they are completely different recordings and many times as heavy or as funky than anything you have heard on any of his other releases.

An Master Jackets, I have to say that I was shocked at what has happened today. How was this possible?

Anyway, big thanx to everybody who helped out!

Frank

Anonymous said...

Looks awesome, Frank!
Take care,
Pau

Anonymous said...

Where does that extra %16 go? Hopefully to producing more re-issues :)

Look forward to checking the film out.

Cheers,
Rob

Frank said...

I have no financial ties to the film nor do any of the re-issues I'm putting out have any ties with the movie...

Leigh can use any additional money since she has been working on this project for years now and solely financed everything with her private money... I think Kicksarter and Amazon also take out some fees...

Let me take this opportunity to say a big and heartfelt "Thank You!" to all of you for your support!

Anonymous said...

Just kidding Frank :)

Thanks for your endeavors and keeping the music alive.

Rob

Anonymous said...

Once again a very good release! Thanks for your work!

Pity i can't afford the Vinyl right now, so i was glad to find it at iTunes!

Can you tell us a little bit about you upcoming/planned releases? I'm sure many people out there (including me) can't get enough of these sounds :)

all the best

killzone 3 said...

Hmm i have no idea where to buy this im from germany... i looked around but nowhere to find help?

Frank said...

You can order from this german mailorder:
http://www.hhv.de/item_227796.html

And you should also be able to find the record in most specialized record stores. Official release date is Feb. 25th so some stores might still wait for their distributor to deliver them.

matt said...

Hi Frank, just picked this up from Sounds of the Universe in Soho, London. Couldn't help noticing a big "Made in China" text on the booklet....who is pressing vinyl in China? Or is it just the printing?

Frank said...

Hey Matt, we had the booklets printed in China. The vinyl and sleeve were manufactured in the US.

boffo said...

Hi Frank --

Can't wait to get my hands on the OJ release, and am happy to have contributed to the successful fund for the film. I recall you listing at some point the upcoming releases you have in various stages of completion, but I could not find the post (or did I imagine that?). So: What's next on the horizon?

Keep up the good work,

John

Frank said...

Hi John, thanx for your support! The next release will be the first Marijata LP whioch should be out in a couple of weeks. I'm also working on a few 45 re-issues and another record on Daptone... I'll post about these releases here on the blog as soon as they're ready to drop.

Cheers!

Frank

Anonymous said...

As always , Frank, top notch. Keep diggin and keep doing. Can't wait to pick up a copy. I remember dancing my butt off to the Orlando Julius tunes when you played in DC. We'll catch you in Baltimore if not before. Much love from DC.

Anonymous said...

Great release party at Zebulon!!! the vibe & music was just so, but so on point!...it is a must attend party! good luck digging, good luck with the movie, and keep it coming!! Ricardo, aka "the dude with white hat" lol

djpaulista said...

I finded a 2gb torrent from the voodoo funk stuff on demonoid.

that's correct ?

greetings from brasil, whatever you need here [please contact!

Gabriel

Frank said...

Hi Gabriel,

Unfortunatelly, there are a lot of bottom feeders who download music and other content from sites like mine and then post them up on torrent sites like Demonoid and others. I have a hard time understanding why anybody would waste their time on bug and malware infested "share" or torrent sites like these...

As soon as I put out a new release, you can find illegal downloads of them... the other day, I found some idiot on youtube who had a whole collection of tunes ripped fromm my mixes posted up as "video clips" with completely unrelated still pictures for visuals.

I don't think this type of stuff is "correct". It's really lame and I pitty the people who download their music this way, not really knowing or caring where it comes from. I consider these things to be the pale, ugly underbelly of the worldwide web, useless cretins moving around stolen digital media to make a few pennies from shitty advertising deals or seeking some sort of recognition by leaching off other people's work. It's all so sad and pathetic.

Thanx for the heads up though and I appreciate your offer. Should I ever wind up in Brazil, I'll make sure to contact you!

best

Frank

djpaulista said...

respect!

CV said...

http://randallfunk.blogspot.com/2011/03/orlando-julius-and-afro-sounders.html

An amazing reissue!

Anonymous said...

Just picked up a copy and it sounds great. From what I've heard, I'd agree that it's his best album. Right on!

Anonymous said...

Frank,

Just saw you at the Anza Club in Vancouver last weekend. SICK GROOVES! My girlfriend is in Uganda right now...any vinyl she should be looking for?

Thanks for the diggin'!
jeff

Frank said...

Hi Jeff, yeah the Anza Club was a lot of fun...

I would not expect to find many records in Uganda, given the country's horrific regime under Idi Amin althrough the 1970s.