Channel Orange (Explicit Version) CD (2012)

Artist: Frank Ocean

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 233575546
UPC 602527755281
UPC 14 00602527755281
Format CD
Release Date 7/17/2012
Author Frank Ocean
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Technical Info
Engineer Marcos Tovar; Calvin Bailiff; Phillip Scott III; Andrew Coleman; Doug Fenske; Vic Wainstein; Pat Thrall; Jeff Ellis; Om'Mas Keith
Producer Frank Ocean; J. Ryan "Malay" Ho; Pharrell Williams; Om'Mas Keith
CatalogID 001578802
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 07/17/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 11s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602527755281
Musical Guests
Andre 3000
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Frank Ocean (keyboards); J. Ryan "Malay" Ho (guitars, brass, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Taylor Johnson, John Mayer , Andr? 3000, Charlie Hunter (guitars); Dave Eggar , Chuck Palmer , Sara Parkins (strings); Francisco Torres, Irvin Mayfield (brass); Pharrell Williams (keyboards, programming); Om'Mas Keith (keyboards, background vocals); Shea Taylor, Jeff Babko (keyboards); Matt Chamberlain (drums, programming); Stacy Barthe, Lalah Hathaway, Raymond Buck, Juliet Buck, Elizabeth Paige, Danielle Miranda-Simms, Crimson Tide Cheerleaders, Auntie Rosie (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Frank Ocean; J. Ryan "Malay" Ho; Mark "Spike" Stent; Jeff Ellis.
Liner Note Author: Frank Ocean.
Recording information: East West Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Manhattan Sound Recording, New York, NY; San Ysidro, Beverly Hills, CA; Studio For The Talented & Gifted, Los Angeles, CA; the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Nabil Elderkin.
Def Jam's contracted edition of Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra never materialized. The label nonetheless released two of the mixtape's songs as singles. One of them, "Novacane," clashed with everything else on the radio, reached the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and crossed into the Hot 100. The singer's presence spread with appearances on Goblin, 4, Watch the Throne, and The OF Tape, Vol. 2. He then completed this album with Malay, Om'Mas Keith, and Pharrell as his co-producers. Journalists present at June pre-release listening events speculated that some of the lyrics revealed Ocean's bisexuality. Ocean subsequently published a screen shot of a document, dated December 27, 2011, that included details of a crushing romantic relationship with a male. Ocean also revealed that he wrote for the sake of his sanity and credited his inner circle: "I'm sure these people kept me alive, kept me safe." One listen to Channel Orange makes it obvious that he is as free as an artist as he is as a man. The album doesn't have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean's descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level. He's up there with Bilal. As easy as it is to listen to Ocean's voice in long stretches -- he's casually expressive -- the number of deep ruminations over slow tempos requires some patience. Even the lone song that could be termed a banger is a ten-minute suite that takes 90 seconds to get on the floor; the song with the widest and most creative scope as well, "Pyramid" shifts from "my black Queen Cleopatra" and ancient Egypt (over swift synth funk) to "Your love ain't free no more" and a strip club (over booming, low-profile slickness). The lighter moments, such as the loose and bright "Sweet Life" and the relatively exuberant "Monks," both of which would be standouts on any N.E.R.D. album, offer more than bright coating, dealing in surrealism and sharp observations that are equally penetrating. On the other end, the most personal song is "Bad Religion," a phenomenal brokenhearted ballad consisting of organ, piano, strings, and handclaps: "This unrequited love/To me it's nothing but a one-man cult/And cyanide in my Styrofoam cup." Everything that falls between, counting the rumbling drug dependency tale "Crack Rock," the snapping/swooning "Pilot Jones," and the longing falsetto shuffle "Thinkin Bout You," is vivid and worthy of complete immersion. ~ Andy Kellman
Artist Overview
An R&B vocalist affiliated with Odd Future, Frank Ocean moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina. He cut some demos at a friend's home studio, shopped them around town, and eventually landed a songwriting deal that would find him working for Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Brandy. Some of this work was alongside Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, a fellow songwriter and producer who would convince Ocean to sign a solo artist deal with Def Jam in late 2009. It was also around this time he met the Odd Future and began writing music for the crew while making guest appearances on their mixtapes. In 2011, as Odd Future was making waves, Ocean released the Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There are echoes of soul forebears on Ocean's first official LP -- Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Prince -- but his feel for romantic tragedy links him to an older tradition: He's a torch singer."
Entertainment Weekly (p.95) - "CHANNEL ORANGE feels like the bravest act of vulnerability in recent memory....His empathy runs so deep, it hurts."
Billboard (p.52) - "Frank Ocean has quietly become the most unique and progressively minded presence in R&B. His major-label debut, CHANNEL ORANGE is the work of a thoughtful and fearless artist..."
Q (Magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "While Ocean's artistic ambition is impressive, it's his haunting candour that really casts a spell."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "CHANNEL ORANGE is a startlingly ambitious affair; a spectral journey through emotionally empty landscapes that shifts from bass-bunkered confessionals to futuristic digi-soul stompers....[A] rich and complex album."
Disc 1
1 Start
2 Thinkin' 'Bout You
3 Fertilizer
4 Sierra Leone
5 Sweet Life
6 Not Just Money
7 Super Rich Kids
8 Pilot Jones
9 Crack Rock
10 Pyramids
11 Lost
12 White
13 Monks
14 Bad Religion
15 Pink Matter
16 Forrest Gump
17 End/Golden Girl
Product Attributes
Artist Ocean,Frank
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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