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Orlando Julius And His Modern Aces Super Afro Soul

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Orlando Julius And His Modern Aces Super Afro Soul on Limited Edition 2LP + CD

Back In Print - A Bona Fide '60s Afro-Soul Classic!

One Time Limited Edition Pressing of Only 400 Copies!

Super Afro Soul was a true groundbreaker when it first surfaced in Nigeria in 1966 as a 10" album, a confident and effortless union of highlife, jazz and R&B, the music of Nigerian independence fused with the soundtrack to Afro-America's struggle for civil rights. It was Orlando Julius' debut long player, following a spell of Eddy Okonta's Top Aces playing highlife, ballroom styles and jazz. 

"When I started my own music, I decided to add the sounds," remembers OJ. "I was listening to Coltrane, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson. I brought in a bit of that. The African rhythms, kokoma rhythms are the backbone and soul, jazz, even calypso, came together with it to make Super Afro Soul."

Julius had formed the Modern Aces in July 1964 with musicians including drummer Akanbi Moses, trumpeter Eddy Fayehun and guest guitarist Joni Haastrup, later of Monomono. "Even before I was thinking of recording with the Modern Aces, we rehearsed at home, we played live in Ibadan, we didn't stop. By mixing R&B and soul with the African rhythms, I think it inspired a lot of musicians in Lagos." Those musicians included Fela Kuti, a regular at OJ's Ibadan residency, who began creating his own hybrid of Afro and jazz with his early Koola Lobitos band.

Pre-Super Afro Soul, OJ And The Modern Aces had enjoyed success with a string of singles for Phillips - their first record "Jagua Nana," released in October '65, became an instant hit and catapulted the little known band into the Lagos limelight. Further hits followed - "Topless" (briefly earning OJ the nickname 'The Topless Man'), "Ololufe" and "Ijo Soul," an Afro cousin of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)." The records were made at Phillips' studio, a two-track set up. "If we didn't do it right in one take, we had to do it again. That's how Super Afro Soul was made."

Strut is pleased to present a brand new repress of the classic album Super Afro Soul along with a handful of OJ's earlier Modern Aces singles as bonus tracks. This new vinyl-only edition also comes with the full CD version and brand new liner notes featuring an extended interview with Orlando Julius by Strut's Quinton Scott. One time limited edition pressing of 400!

Orlando Julius And His Modern Aces Super Afro Soul Track Listing:

LP1
1.  Mapami
2.  Efoye So
3.  Ise Owo
4.  Solo Hit (instrumental)
5.  Oni Suru
6.  Wakalole
7.  Ma Fagba Se Ye Ye
8.  Boujubari

LP2
1.  My Girl
2. Jagua Nana
3. Ijo Soul
4. Topless
5. Olulofe
6. E Se Rere

CD
1.  Mapami
2.  Efoye So
3.  Ise Owo
4.  Solo Hit
5.  Oni Suru
6.  Wakalole
7.  Ma Fagba Se Ye Ye
8.  Boujubari
9.  My Girl
10. Jagua Nana
11. Ijo Soul
12. Topless
13. Olulofe
14. E Se Rere
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1. Mapami
2. Efoye So
3. Ise Owo
4. Solo Hit (instrumental)
5. Oni Suru
6. Wakalole
7. Ma Fagba Se Ye Ye
8. Boujubari


LP2
1. My Girl
2. Jagua Nana
3. Ijo Soul
4. Topless
5. Olulofe
6. E Se Rere


CD
1. Mapami
2. Efoye So
3. Ise Owo
4. Solo Hit
5. Oni Suru
6. Wakalole
7. Ma Fagba Se Ye Ye
8. Boujubari
9. My Girl
10. Jagua Nana
11. Ijo Soul
12. Topless
13. Olulofe
14. E Se Rere

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