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What's the expected wait time? I've been following along, and it seems many folks have gotten their goodies?
Wow, Jeff, what a great note! Thank you for taking the time. We're glad you're digging the discs and we'll keep all you loyal fans and backers posted on upcoming releases. It's a busy year for the Q's!
What a thrill! The long-awaited package showed up on my doorstep yesterday morning - ON MY BIRTHDAY! And it even has a 45 in it - and I JUST TURNED 45! :) How great to have a feeling of "ownership" of such a beautiful package of such quality music by having enabled its existence here in some small way. Took a drive in the sunshine with my girlfriend in her new car with a boss sound system, spun the first disc and the memories flooded back - amazing how many lyrics sprang forth from my mouth like I'd heard them yesterday. Jeff, your songs meant so much to me as a kid; I can remember writing lyrics trying to emulate your literate voice back then. Anne - your voice rings out so true; in high school I hadn't yet discovered Patti Smith; now that I know and love (or rather, worship) her, I can really appreciate her influence on your singing, and respect you all the more for it. Bob - speaking of "ringing out", your guitar peals like "The Bells Ring[ing]", and "cuts through" like "Some New Highway". The rhythm section sounds terrific, everyone plays with such a simpatico vibe, and the whole thing was recorded so well - and the excellent remastering job really does it justice. It's so nice to feel validation that the music I loved so much back then really WAS great, and holds up today! I can't wait to listen to the second album and bonus disc, and watch the DVD - but I am gonna wait, 'cause I wanna make it last! I mentioned in an earlier comment that I was AT that 9:30 Club show, so viewing it may trigger an out-of-body experience. The gig flyers are a fun treat - "Put away your worn memorabilia", indeed - and the signed picture is a lovely souvenir. And the t-shirt! I've always adored the album cover, and the colors have been reproduced so well, and even the font on the back nails it. One question - did y'all happen to print any in 2XL?
Funny little synchronicity - turning 45 put me in mind of a song by Red Rockers called "Shades of '45", so I'd looked for a YouTube of it that morning. Then your package showed up, and I was suddenly reminded that I discovered both you and Red Rockers through a joint review of both your albums (and, if I recall correctly, one by the dB's) by Geoffrey Himes in the Washington Post! Funny that you'd both revisit me on the same day.
Thanks for your dedication to creating such meaningful and beautiful music all those years ago, and to seeing such a lovely project through in the here-and-now. I look forward to your new music, and once it's out, I sure hope you'll tour your way toward the Pacific Northwest - I'm a DC-to-Portland transplant, and would just love to see y'all play again. Something tells me you'll sound better than ever.
All my very best,
My dog announced the delivery. The box is now opened. And the rarities CD is releasing it's audio joy for all within earshot to enjoy...
I saw the things with my own eyes.
It will not be long now.
-anne richmond boston
Any updates so far?
If one has moved since first pledging, is there a way to provide an updated address?
If one missed pledging for some items before the expiration date, will the reissued cd's and/or bonus rarities disc be available for anyone eventually?
Coming soon! An update on the way...
It's been a while since the last update. I'm patiently waiting for my CDs.... Any word on shipping dates?
Just wondering if any of these fabulous rewards will ship any time soon? I was hoping to see some CDs in my mailbox by now, not to mention all the bonus goodies.
Congrats on reaching your goal and thanks a lot for putting me on the guest list at Greenfields in Columbia in 1982 after I sold you a bunch of shoes earlier in the day at Sterns Shoes on Assembly Street. Great memory.
Thanks a million, backers! Look out for a SURVEY which is where we will collect your mailing information, t-shirt style and size preferences, and other information to get the rewards to you as soon as possible. We are in a production frenzy! Production time on the various rewards will be ... various, and some items will be done sooner than others. Our intent is to ship items as they are ready rather than wait until everything is done, so if you have multiple items coming, they may come in separate packages. Stay tuned!
Thanks one and all!
I look forward to the dinners at Olive Garden (!) and the command performances!
As well as packaging up all the rewards.
Good morning, and congratulations (again) Qs!!
I am so excited that you made your Goal Q's! Hope you get the Strech Goal too. I am still going to hold on to my vinyl Q's even when I get the new remastered CD's. Thanks for creating some great music. Hope that you can do an East Coast tour with the new EP coming out soon. Hope to see you in Coastal VA!
Check out Update #2 for info on our stretch goal and t-shirts for everyone!
YOU DID IT! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
More to come! Stay tuned for a project update! ...
Way to go, all you Q balls!
I for one can't wait to blast these albums--all digital and cleaned up and stuff--very soon. Congratulations, Q's.
WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO! Thank you everyone!!!!!
And thanks John B Wedekind for the kind words about my solo cd. -ARB
In solidarity, I make my pledge!
Thanks to all who are making this project (nearly) possible.
With designer Ash Arnett, we've just had a glimpse of the early-stage packaging concepts for The Q's double-reissue. (Ash designed the packages for The Deep End reissue in 2001 and The Royal Academy of Reality.) We're studying the fine papers now and would like to do one of every color, but Ash informs us this is in no way practical. That sounds like a green light to The Q's, so we're currently at a brief impasse... stay tuned for the resolution ... and a comprehensive update!
Hey Philip, thanks for your awesome pledge!
Awesome project for two awesome albums!!!!
Thanks a ton for the support and the kind words. We're excited to make this happen too, and we're getting real close thanks to you and the other fantastic backers. Some news coming soon, but we can't spill the beans just yet ...
Stay tuned and stay cool!
This is truly brilliant.
Both albums were staples on my turntable during the '80s. I even took them with me when I moved to South Korea and then to Iceland. Alas, they and the turntable did not make it to England. Anne's CD has been a treasured possession these many years.
I have been waiting and waiting for a CD release and am gladly doing whatever I can to make this happen. I hope that it becomes a reality.
I have missed the music.
Thanks a lot, John! And thanks especially for helping get the word out. We still have a little way to go and hope we can get this project funded for fans like you.
How do I love thee? Well, at least $25 worth - if I had more dough I would totally go for the deluxe pkg, or at least dinner at the Olive Garden, but I do what I can. Put the link up on my FB page too - I loved both these albums, the vinyl now long lost to the sands of time and moving house a lot- really looking forward to getting re-acquainted with great tunes like "The Bells Ring", "Corruption" and all the other great stuff long locked in the A&M vault.. One of my all-time favorite bands!
Check out today's great article by talented writer Richard Eldredge on the Atlanta Magazine website. Thanks, Rich!
We have some fantastic bonus rewards in the works for ALL BACKERS when we reach our goal! Thanks for helping us keep it going.
Thanks for the note. We're excited about it too! And we're now two thirds of the way to our goal!
Have loved you guys since my days in Athens in the 80's... been following you all over.. Charleston, Savannah, Columbia... So excited about this project! xo Sandy
Thanks for your pledge and the kind offer for "The Bells Ring" clip. It's very nice of you to remember it (and the 930 show!) and, yes, we will be using it on the DVD in production now. Our clip from the 930 show still sounds pretty cool, too. One of the great rock clubs of the era.--JC
It's terrific to meet someone who remembers the great Jackson Station in tiny Hodges, SC. In the 1930s, a Charlotte newspaper called Hodges one of the evilest places in the world. Confirming this, Gerald, the proprietor, told us it was "The Doorway to Hell." This was a selling-point for The Q's, and we tell Jackson Station stories--and there are many--several times a year. We played some of our first gigs with Bill Burton and J.E. Garnett there. Here's Anne's photo of me on the front porch of JS circa 1982.
I sent this as a message here but thought I'd leave it as a comment too in case that was a better way to reach you:
Does the DVD have the clip of y'all doing "The Bells Ring" on a show called "This Week's Music"? I have it, in pretty good condition, on an old VHS tape I've cherished all these years. Been meaning to digitize and YouTube it for the last several, but haven't yet. If you don't have it, I can get it to ya, but I guess it's probably too late to add to the DVD, eh? - Jeff Rosenberg, email@example.com PS I was at that 9:30 show! Can't wait!
By the way, the clip is live, not lip-synched, and I think it's a terrific performance. If it's not on the DVD and could be added, even as a bonus feature or something, it would be so worth it!
Spreading the word amongst all my fellow, former denizens of Jackson's Station in Hodges, SC; where I experienced my first of what would be many SPQ's shows. Can't wait for this project to happen. Even though I still play the vinyl versions of these albums, having CDs will improve portability since I still haven't invested in that automobile turntable.
Two big milestones: 100 Backers! Halfway to our goal! Thanks everyone! And please be sure to tell a friend, email the link to this page, Facebook, tweet, and blog. Check out the Q's Facebook page and our site at www.swimmingpoolqs.com for more ways to link to the project.
And thank you very much Jim. Finally, we've been framed! (At least that's what I've been telling the judge all these years.) We couldn't make it without your help, my man.--Jeff
Hey John! Many thanks for your generous support and kind words. We remember the Fixx date well because (1) there was a blizzard and the equipment had to be loaded in through the roof of the Arts Center using a crane, and (2) Courtney Cox showed up backstage with our booking agent, Ian Copeland. (Never doubt The Q's to drop a heavy name or three!) We'll stay in touch about our progress. Stay cool always,
I have loved the Q's since I saw them open for the Fixx at the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica, NY. I think it was Spring of 1986 or 85? I can't remember any more, but of all the stuff I have forgotten in the 1980s, the Q's have always be there. Great music never leaves you and I have been dying for these two albums to come out on CD and remastered! I'm in at the $99 level. If I get some overtime maybe I'll step it up!
Glad you're still around! Cheers!
I have wanted this for YEARS. I have both of these albums in frames on my wall. What a treat it will be to have the remasters AND the autographed photo to add my wall collection. You guys are simply the best band to ever come out of Atlanta. I hope your pledge goal is met quickly. Grace to you.
Thanks Doug! And thanks for leaving a comment about your birthday!
Thanks Chris! There are some board recordings, both "official" and "unofficial" ... Funny you should mention it. Stay tuned for some interesting news along those lines!
Good luck with this project. I first saw you guys play at 688 just days after arriving at Georgia Tech in the fall of '83, and I was instantly hooked. It was always a special weekend when y'all were playing in town, and your gigs remain some of my fondest memories of my college years.
I always wondered... did you tape any of your live shows back in the day? It would be great if you were able offer up live recordings on your site. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd be willing to pay ten or fifteen bucks for the chance to download some vintage Q-ness.
That 1985 9:30 Club show was how I celebrated my 21st birthday. Will never forget it, I remember feeling like you played my dream setlist.