Mark Wilkinson has finished the artwork for both ‘Suits’ and ‘Songs from the Mirror’ and I think they are the best yet. The sleevenotes are immense and the ‘Suits’ booklet runs to 60 pages with 15000 words and photos. ‘SFTM’ runs in at 12000 words and is a 48 page booklet. Between the 2 the entire period of 92-95 is covered and takes in my first steps as an independent artist and all the trials and tribulations involved.Even I was amazed at just how much happened in such a relatively short space of time.
The audio is now with Calum Malcolm for mastering and I’m waiting to see the first edit on the DVD from ‘SFTM’. It’s all on line and I should have finished copies by the end of November.I’m glad these remasters are now finished and I can now fully concentrate on writing and building up to the tour.It’s not all completely stress free but then that’s the way I like it.Nothing like a bit of pressure to fuel the creative juices!
With ‘Suits’ and ‘Songs from the Mirror’ now virtually completed apart from the mastering I can switch my sights onto the last 2 albums in the remaster schedule, ‘Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors’ and ‘Internal Exile’. I don’t plan to get into these compilations until early next year but I’ll be collecting material as I go along. I already have a whole suite of demos from ‘Vigil’ and ‘Exile’ that have been transferred from old Akai 12 track recordings and I’m looking forward to hearing what we have to play with.There’s a lot of material available for both titles that has to be sifted through and I still have to determine how it will all be packaged.It’ll provide a nice break in the ‘Weltschmerz’ writing sessions as I have allocated the first 6 months of next year to the new album. Interesting times.