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Format: CD
Sku: 233575546
UPC: 602527755281
UPC 14: 00602527755281
Release Date: 7/17/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
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 ~ (featuring Andr? 3000)
16. Forrest Gump
17. End/Golden Girl

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Frank Ocean; J. Ryan "Malay" Ho; Mark "Spike" Stent; Jeff Ellis.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Frank Ocean.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographer: Nabil Elderkin.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Frank Ocean; J. Ryan "Malay" Ho; Pharrell Williams; Om'Mas Keith

Engineer: Marcos Tovar; Calvin Bailiff; Phillip Scott III; Andrew Coleman; Doug Fenske; Vic Wainstein; Pat Thrall; Jeff Ellis; Om'Mas Keith

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Andre 3000

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

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Watch The Throne (Explicit Version) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Muze Music Compilations 2013 Grammy Nominees
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Muze Music Compilations Bling Ring (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Magna Carta Holy Grail
Muze Music Compilations Magna Carta Holy Grail(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doris(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Numbers(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Goblin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Goblin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blackenedwhite(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Of Tape Vol 2 Lp
Muze Music Compilations Paradise Valley

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/17/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001578802
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527755281

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)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "While Ocean's artistic ambition is impressive, it's his haunting candour that really casts a spell."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ocean,Frank
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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