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6-CD box set chronicling Graham Parker and The Rumour throughout the years in a series of rare live performances.
6-CD box set chronicling Graham Parker and The Rumour throughout the years in a series of rare live performances.
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From Quake Records: this will be a 6-CD box set featuring complete live performances from 1976 to 2012. The centerpiece of this project is a brand new, never before heard professionally recorded and mixed COMPLETE concert from 2012 - The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was the final show of the 2012 tour and you will only be able to hear this if you buy the box set! That means that if this project is not funded, there will be no box set and therefore no St. Paul show. So, if you care about Graham Parker and The Rumour, and would like to hear a complete professionally recorded show from 2012, you need to help fund this project. This will be a deluxe package and will be sold exclusively on Graham Parker's website www.grahamparker.net. It will not be available anywhere else. It is expected to retail for around $60, but if you help fund this project you will receive it at a reduced rate ($35 without rewards). What a deal! Some of the rewards offered will be: bonus "Live At Newlands Tavern" CD; "More Freight & Salvage" live CD of solo Parker; autographed (by the entire band) 8x10 photo; full color poster of the cover art for the 2012 live set; bonus live DVD from one of the 2012 shows.

Proposed contents:

disc 1: Live In Amsterdam (1976) - two radio broadcasts from early in Graham Parker's career, featuring a rare show with Brian Robertson subbing for Brinsley Schwarz.

disc 2: Live In San Francisco (1977) - radio broadcast taken from the best source available. Best quality ever.

disc 3: TBD (unable to use the New York 1977 performance due to licensing issues)

disc 4: Live In Denver (1979) - yet another excellent radio broacast, this time of a "Squeezing Out Sparks" show. Complete for the first time, in a much improved speed-corrected version.

disc 5 & 6: Live In St. Paul (2012) - Yet to be mixed from the pro multi-tracks. Recorded and mixed by Dave Cook - co-producer of the "Three Chords Good" album. This will be everything a Graham Parker fan could dream of - a COMPLETE concert from 2012!

Where is the money going? A deluxe box set is going to cost a lot more money than the usual "official bootleg" series, and since proceeds are going largely to Graham Parker and The Rumour, I want them to get paid right away and not have to wait until the project "breaks even". With Kickstarter funding, the project already breaks even, and the fans get rewarded with a guaranteed product and some extra goodies as well. The money will also go to pay for professional artists and writers to make this the best looking and most literate package that money can buy. There are also license fees involving the use of recordings from certain venues, as well as license fees for the cover songs performed. Money will also be needed to produce the extras (posters, bonus discs, etc.). Any expense not covered out of the raised funding will come out of my own pocket, but $12,000 looks to be the minimum required for a project of this nature.

Risks and challenges

What could go wrong?

After funding, if all is smooth, the completed box set should be available for sale on Graham Parker's website in January 2014, the exact date yet to be determined. Things that could hold up the release date would include: production delays from the manufacturer; delays in deliverables from collaborators (artists, writers, etc.); production delays in mixing and mastering the source materials. I do not expect any delays here, but it should still be noted. Other potential obstacles: there is a possibility that the signed photos may not arrive in a timely manner, in which case I would update everyone as to the status. Also, since the artwork has not yet been completed for the proposed poster, there could be a delay there while deciding which design to use, and a further delay could arise if there are problems with the production of the posters. Again, none of these challenges are expected to cause major delays, but I will be sure to note the progress as it is known.

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