Dogon A.D. Becomes a CD

Whoa. It’s out.

After years of obscurity, after foiled attempts by Tim Berne to get the rights… Julius Hemphill’s 1972 album, Dogon A.D., is again legitimately available. It’s been released by a Chicago label called International Phonograph, in a gatefold sleeve that replicates the LP’s cover (and apparently also includes the artwork from the original LP).

They’re printing a limited edition of 1,500, according to the latest newsletter from Downtown Music Gallery. (Of course, it’s available from other sources as well, like Dusty Grooves in Chicago.)

I know many of you — OK, many of us — have managed to get copies of this music despite its being out of print. But I’d still implore you to get a CD copy, preferably from one of the outlets like DMG or Dusty Grooves rather than some uncaring online behemoth. Consider it an investment, a vote that says it’s worthwhile to keep good music alive. Don’t let the American Idol watchers win!

(See also “Tracking ‘Dogon A.D.’“)