Closing in on completion!
Well, it's been a very busy fall, bouncing back and forth between day job work, recording a new Camper Van Beethoven album and finishing this project. I went into the studio in late November to hit the remaining covers with David, Paul, John, Bruce, and pianist Dane Terry. We cut 9 tracks in one day, and most of it came out great. As we stand now, we're two short mixes away from finishing the main LP. I have several outtakes I'm in the process of tightening up as well.
Vinyl formats being what they are (which is to say restrictive in the amount of time you can put on each side) made my decision making process for the album harder and easier at the same time. Although there were a few things I would have loved to see on the vinyl that we put down in the studio, I think the final track listing will make most of you happy, and the outtakes will satisfy any requests for particular songs I got. I hit everything to the best of my ability.
So here's the songs we're looking at for the vinyl lineup:
Side A: Autoluminescent, Mother of Earth, The Good Life Never Ends, Bankrobber, By The Grave of Baudelaire, Gloomy Sunday
Side B: I Ain't Got No Home, Born Under A Bad Sign, New Highway, Unfinished Life, When Your Lover Has Gone
Outtakes include: The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood, Sail Away Ladies, Yer Ropes, I Asked For Water and She Gave Me Gasoline, My Death and possibly a couple of others. We ran out of time to record the Jethro Tull song full band, but I have a nice version of the Thin Lizzy song "Southbound" kicking around... maybe I can make it up to you.
Plans are now to master in February and go to manufacture the vinyl and CD formats. High res downloads will be available via my website, and for the backers who funded at the higher lever, the outtakes CD will be included with your Album. I think realistically this puts me at doing the mailing in late March or early April.
Thanks for you patience, and please e-mail me if you have any questions. This has been a fun recording to make, and I think you all will be proud. Just to perk your ears up a bit, here's a preview: By The Grave of Baudelaire, a song by the late, great Bill Morrissey.
pledged of $5,000 goal
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Jul 15, 2011 - Sep 13, 2011 (60 days)
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A preview mix e-mailed to you plus a hand made CD package (individually done for each contributor at this level) plus a link to the high resolution mp3s.
Pledge $50 or more
A signed edtion of the vinyl album plus a preview mix e-mailed to you plus a hand made CD package (individually done for each contributor at this level) plus a link to the high resolution mp3s. On top of this, I'm betting not everything I cut will fit on vinyl, so I'll give you the EXPANDED version.
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Any 2 people who pledge over $500 can choose a cover for me to try in the studio. I'll provide a list of songs for you to review and set up a time to discuss suggestions. You will be directly involved in my creative process by doing this, and if you're willing to get into the necessary deep conversations about the choosing a song and why it fits into the overall project, I welcome your input. I like a a good challenge. For this amount you get a cover song plus signed edtion of the vinyl album plus a preview mix of your chosen cover e-mailed to you plus a hand made CD package (individually done for each contributor at this level) plus a link to the high resolution mp3s.