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Apples – Mind Twister
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Apples – Mind Twister

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

Grotto – At Last
Friday, April 21st, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Grotto – At Last

Image: 1609696 Odion Livingstone present another essential reissue of a rare gem from the Nigerian archives, Grotto’s lost Afrorock classic from 1977, ‘At Last’.

Formed at “Greg’s” (St Gregory’s college in Ikoyi, Lagos), Grotto came up at the same time as several other in?uential student bands based there, including Ofege. “As Grotto, we played a rock/funk fusion. We were probably aged 15, 16 or thereabouts
and we were heavily into music, we listened to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and lots of rock bands,” explains lead guitarist Soga Benson.
Their debut album is a heavyweight trip, drifting from psychedelic workouts to crunching breaks and funkier directions. “Odion Iruoje was the A&R manager at EMI at the time and he auditioned us, liked the material and signed us. He also produced our recordings,” continues Benson. “Most of us were boarders and the school encouraged music and had instruments so we had time to jam and really gel together. The group still continued after we left Gregs. We had to juggle A-Levels with gigs and we used
to skip school whenever we had a show, rehearsal or a recording date.”
While many Nigerian student bands were studio-based projects, Grotto was an active live unit during the ‘70s. “We played at The Shrine with Fela, with Tee Mac at Batakoto, with Sonny Okosun at Kakadu, Segun Bucknor at Granada Hotel.”
This frst international reissue of Grotto’s debut album comes with a full interview with Soga Benson and producer Odion Iruoje + a selection of rare and previously unseen photos of the band. The album is fully remastered by The Carvery.

Tracklisting:
1. Come Along With Me
2. Bad Times
3. Funk From Mother
4. Grottic Depression – 2
5. Grottic Depression – 1
6. Change Of Tide
7. Doomed

KEY POINTS:
– frst ever offcial reissue of rare Afro-rock LP from 1977.
– Restored by See Why Audio and remastered by The Carvery
– All formats include rare photos and a new interview with lead guitarist Soga Benson + producer Odion Iruoje.
– All formats include full original EMI Nigeria artwork
– 1LP with 12″ INSERT SHEET

FOR FANS OF:
Ofege, Ofo The Black Company, Musi-O-Tunya, Witch, Jimi Hendrix, Osibisa, Carlos Santana, Black Sabbath, Monomono, Fela Kuti, Jeff Beck, Afro funk, Olatunji, The Funkees, Ginger Baker, Blo Available from 02.06.2017

Livy Ekemezie – Friday Night
Friday, January 27th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Livy Ekemezie – Friday Night

Image: 1607210 Brand new label Odion livingstone, based out of Lagos, Nigeria, presents its debut release, a reissue of the sought after Nigerian disco LP rarity ‘Friday Night’ by Livy Ekemezie.

Tracklisting:
1. Get It Down
2. Holiday Actions
3. I Wan’ My Bab’ Back
4. Friday Night
5. Classic Lover
6. Night Party
7. Delectation

Brand new label Odion livingstone, based out of Lagos, Nigeria, presents its debut release, a reissue of the sought after Nigerian disco LP rarity ‘Friday Night’ by Livy Ekemezie. “I was just out of senior secondary school and I wanted to make an album,” recalls Ekemezie. “I was into disco and funk at the time and I was looking for a bassdriven funky sound. The entire idea was to make an album that sounded like something made in London or the U.S. I tried to sound “American” but we ended up with something else: a mix of American and Nigerian.” ‘Friday Night’ was recorded at Goddy Oku’s Godiac 24-track recording studio in Enugu, one of the best studios
available in Nigeria at the time. “It took about 9 months to a year to make the album,” continues Ekemezie. “I financed it by myself so I had to resort to friends helping out with loans for session men and studio time. The original LP was released on blue vinyl and that idea came from William Onyeabor. We used his pressing plant and he sold the idea to me. It was different so I said ‘why not?’” The LP has been picked up by many in recent months as the demand for Nigerian disco originals has grown with the track ‘Delectation’ receiving an unofficial edit and DJs like Motor City Ensemble dropping the album into their sets. This first ever reissue of the LP
remains faithful to the original issue, remastered and pressed on blue vinyl. It features full original artwork along with new interviews with Livy Ekemezie and contributing musician Jules Elong by Odion Livingstone’s Temi Kogbe.

KEY POINTS:
– First ever reissue of sought after Nigerian disco original LP
– Blue vinyl edition, echoing the original release which was pressed at William Onyeabor’s vinyl plant
– includes the DJ track ‘Delectation’
– new package features all original artwork and new interviews with Livy Ekemezie and musician Jules Elong

FOR FANS OF:
Fela Kuti, Shina Williams, Christy Essien, Lijadu Sisters, T-Fire, Joni Haastrup, Steve Black, Orlando Julius, Sahara All-Stars, The Funkees, Earth Wind & Fire, Brass Construction, Fatback Band Available from 10.03.2017

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