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Thursday, Jun 08 2017 | 07:26
Image: 1610439 Odion Livingstone present another essential reissue from the Nigerian archives, the first ever international release of The Apples’ essential Afro-funk LP rarity ‘Mind Twister’.

Tracklisting:
1. Mother
2. Deep Funk
3. Try Me
4. Lay On The Ground
5. Mind Twister
6. Don’T Drive Me Out
7. You
8. Time For Me To Go

Odion Livingstone present another essential reissue from the Nigerian archives, the frst ever international release of The Apples’ essential Afro-funk LP rarity ‘Mind Twister’. As part of the St Gregory’s student band scene in Lagos during the late ‘70s alongside Ofege, Grotto and more, Apples were picked up and produced by legendary EMI Nigeria producer Odion Iruoje who added overdubs to the album at Abbey Road in London with Curved Air keyboardist Francis Monkman.
The band met and formed in Lagos. Bandleader Frank Ikpefuran teamed up with Georges Vieira from the American School and brothers Clifford and Gerard Nagi who were studying at “St Greg’s” in Lagos, and remembers, “I must have been 19 years old when I met Clifford. We used to hangout on Victoria Island, watching bands play and jamming with them. That’s how we met Georges. We all listened to Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Idris Muhammad and the Beatles.” “We started jamming with Clifford on the guitar, his brother Gerard on the bass and Georges on the guitar. We chipped in with song ideas, with the group contributing arrangements and refning things until we were satisfed. The band had a natural sound, which stemmed from the chemistry we had. It was a strange chemistry, we were an odd combination from different backgrounds but when we played, something happened…”
After landing a residency at Tee Mac’s club in Surulere, Apples auditioned for Odion Iruoje who arranged recording dates and cut the record. For a young band, Iruoje was surprised by the quality of the band, adding in extra keyboard parts from Lemmy Udofa and Francis Monkman, founder of Curved Air and session man for Kate Bush, Sky and music libraries like BBC Music, Bruton and KPM. Iruoje remembers, “their playing added a layer of sophistication and sheen without encumbering proceedings.” This defnitive edition of Apples’ ‘Mind
Twister’ features new interviews with bandleader Frank Ikpefuran and producer Odion Iruoje and has been fully remastered by The Carvery.

KEY POINTS:
- frst ever offcial reissue of rare Afro-funk LP from 1978.
- Restored by See Why Audio and remastered by The Carvery
- All formats include rare photos and a new interview with bandleader Frank Ikperfuran + producer Odion Iruoje.
- All formats include full original EMI Nigeria artwork
- 1CD DIGIPAK 8pp BOOKLET

FOR FANS OF:
Shuggie Otis, Ofege, Jimi Hendrix, Osibisa, Carlos Santana, Monomono, Fela Kuti, Afro funk, Olatunji, The Funkees, Ginger Baker, Blo, Grotto, Segun Bucknor Available from 30.06.2017
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