I had written last December about the May 9th concert of OMD at the Royal Albert Hall where they will be performing the complete “Dazzle Ships” for the first time, followed by the complete “Architecture + Morality.” Due to the clamor of fans, they will be releasing an instant DL/CD/3xLP of the event for fans who maybe can’t make it to the sold out show to get a taste of the evening. Following on the heels of their successful Pledge Music campaign for the Liverpool Museum Show of 2014 that saw the show released on CD/DVD, they’ve this time opted for something a little more immediate.
An “instant” CD of the show at the RAH will be available for those who attend, or the rest of us spread out across the world. The band have once again worked with Pledge Music to distribute the music and various packages are available. The basic DL in 320 KPBS MP3 or FLAC [huzzah] will be £9.99. The 2xCD is £23.04. These ship immediately after the show. If you want something a little heavier, there is also a 3xLP package at £41.55. Got money to burn and want all three? £54.59.
The cover [as seen] is another sleek redux of the brilliant Garrett/Saville design for “Dazzle Ships;” something I never tire of seeing. Unlike the previous Liverpool Museum show, this show will not be mixed/mastered after the event. It’s one of those Live Nation, soundboard things, which means that the vibe will be different from their last live CD/DVD. Just the straight two channel feed as heard in the RAH itself. The question is what format do I select? The CD will be, by default, a CD-R set. So I will have to back up the files. I could just opt for the files at 60% off the going rate. After all, the FLAC files are said to be indistinguishable from the full quality CD [or CD-R] files. But the package will probably be good enough to opt for the artifact version. The presale pledge campaign is valid for another fortnight, until the show itself happens on May 9th. It remains to be seen if there will be any sales afterward, but at the very least, one would think that the DL version would be available.
I will probably buy in to the CD version as soon as I post this blog today. I have just sold a CD from the collection that just about covers the cost of this. If this sounds like your cuppa chai latte, then by all means order here. The pledge campaign launched March 31st, 2016 and the last several weeks have seen this one in the top five of Pledge Music’s “chart,” so I know I’m not the only one who’s interested.
Meanwhile, there’s just seven days left for the new solo album by The Blow Monkeys Dr. Robert to be pre-ordered on his Pledge Music campaign. I’ve already pledged on this one because I helped crowdsource the Blow Monkey’s return to the recording studio with “The Devil’s Tavern” in 2008, but I’ve dropped the ball on subsequent Blow Monkeys albums, much to my mortification. Now that I have a policy of a discretionary budget, I can at least indulge in a pre-order every now and then. I’m positively intrigued by the notion of a Dr. Robert solo album amid all of the Blow Monkeys activity over the last eight years. Word has it that he recorded this one in a deliberately low-fi solo situation, so as to really differentiate itself from the more polished and punchy Blow Monkeys material. I find it cool that he has enough material to both support the Blow Monkeys and his own peripatetic muse.
The Good Doctor has said that this album was recorded on the same 8-track unit he last used for the fabbo “Flatlands” album that I bought in 1999 while on holiday in the same Andalucian regions where the man himself now lives. Ah, back when I had the budget for international travel! The album is called “Out There” and sports an evocative cover as seen above. Given that singles and B-sides have gone the way of the dodo, I highly approve of the release of extra material to those who pledged for the album via the project’s update feed. It’s the next best thing to buying a single with a B-side in these, the end times. Plegers already have access to the song “Filipe.” I opted for the basic CD at a trim £17, but five more £ nets you a signed, dedicated offering from the pen of the man himself. I already have one autographed Blow Monkeys CD so I sat this one out. The 180g LP version is £28 if your are of an analog persuasion.
If you have more than two nickels to rub together, the VIP launch gig option is good value for money! Just £55 [$80] gets the buyer a ticket to an intimate show in London at The Islington on May 3rd, 2016. Along with a signed, dedicated copy of the CD and an evening with Dr. Robert himself. Not a lot to pay for what will be a very civilized gig from the sounds of it. There are just 22 tickets left and the gig is not open to the unwashed masses.
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