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Just to give you an update as some of you have been wondering what has happened to the remasters release schedule. Between a combination of my touring commitments and Mark Wilkinson undergoing a serious health issue in recent months we had to postpone working on the remasters soon after finishing the last release ‘Fellini Days’. I am happy to say we are now back on the tracks and working on ‘Field of Crows’ which has the added bonus of being a complete remix by none other than Chris Kimsey.
We hope to have this available at the end of April after which I will be looking at the next set of 4 albums for a release date probably around August/September. For those of you who have already bought copies I am sure you will understand the amount of work that goes into the titles and I am in the process of writing the extensive sleeve notes for ‘Field of Crows’ that is already at 4000 words and requiring severe editing to fit on the 48 pages in the hardback booklet.
The albums will be available on Amazon on April 1st and are already being put up for pre order there. We have also rejigged the fishheadsclub.eu site as problems with postage prices were identified especially regarding vinyl. The remasters will also be available through our German based mail order system on April 1st together with a t shirt clearance sale!
The first 3 remasters will be available on the tour merchandise stall together with the ’13th Star’ and ‘Feast of Consequences’ vinyl albums and with great deals on the remaining t shirt stock from the ‘Farewell to Childhood’ tour.
Vinyl releases on the remasters are planned but at the moment all my resources are aimed at the CD releases and I can’t afford to fund a pressing across 4 titles. I hope to have all 8 of the remastered albums available on vinyl by late November and in all probability will have to create a pre order to assess numbers and fund the releases as it is a very expensive outlay for a small operation such as we have here.
Steve Vantsis is assembling the material for a definitive live album from the ‘Moveable Feast ‘ tour taking in the first section with Foss Paterson and the second with John Beck on keyboards, both of which had different set lists. I hope to have this out in the summer.
The ‘Farewell to Childhood’ live project which will include DVD’s and Cd’s should be ready for the Autumn once we have had a chance to review all the available recordings.
The documentary ‘Polska’ will also be put together with an array of recordings from the Fishheads Club tour and bonus footage in a special package with the film also on Blu Ray for the first time. There’s a lot of work to be put into this but again the end of the year is a likely release option.
Every project helps fund the next and ultimately goes towards the writing and recording of ‘Weltschmerz’ that will occur throughout this year and into 2017 when I hope to get the album out in April/ May just before we hit the open airs and the end of year tour with both the new album and the 30th anniversary performances of ‘Clutching at Straws’. It seems right that I’ll be performing the last album I made with Marillion and my last solo album on the same tour.
It’s a lot of work but I am confident it can be made to happen and that I can release a series of projects that maintain the high level of quality at the right prices that keep everyone happy and help me continue working as an independent artist. Thanks for supporting me. Without you I wouldn’t be here.