Has it been almost half a year since we mentioned the revived Altered Images? Well, we actually knew about the pre-release of the album for order several months ago, but since it will be released on August 26th of 2022, I thought, “why rush things?” The album has a name, if not a final face.
The album is called “Mascara Streakz,” and that’s about all we can be sure of this early on. The song titles are unknown and even the cover mockup as shown above and on their webstore warns us that “final artwork may differ from this image.” So why should we buy it, apart from an abiding love for all things Altered Images dating back 41 years? For a start, the album packages that are being presold on their webstore are very attractively priced with generous cost-to-feature ratios! Here’s what we can pre-order right now.
- CD autographed by Clare Grogan – £10/€12/$14
- Cassette autographed by Clare Grogan – £7/€9/$10
- Color vinyl LP £25/€30/$34
- CD/Cassette/Bonus Acoustic CD EP [all autographed by Clare Grogan] – £15/€18/$20
- CD/Cassette/Bonus Acoustic CD EP [all autographed by Clare Grogan]/Color vinyl LP – £40/€47/$54
It sort of makes sense that Altered Images would be riding the cassette nostalgia wave, seeing as how the band had one of the earliest UK cassette singles back in 1981 with “Dead Pop Stars.” I’m more impressed with how all formats [apart from the LP] will be autographed by the obviously game Ms. Grogan. But that sounds like a recipe for carpal tunnel syndrome in the making! I’m taking a wild guess here but the LP being the only format not autographed and its release date still five months away, probably have everything to do with the getting-longer-by-the-day lead times on LP production. Ms. Grogan might even have all of the cassettes and CDs in hand right now, signing a relaxing 20 per day in her spare moments during the long LP lead time. The whole campaign is probably waiting for that LP and it will ship [hopefully in time for the planned release date] and then it’s “bombs away” for “Mascara Streakz!”
I love that the DLX CD edition comes with a bonus disc of newly recorded Altered Images acoustic versions of a few of their big hits. And let’s be frank, I really like that the pricing for all of this is all surprisingly modest! Only the LP is close to pricey, and the bundles are generous to a fault! Even the all-in-one gives four formats [three autographed] for a can’t complain, musn’t grumble $54. Even so, I’ve got that $20 three format bundle in my sights, even though I could care less about any cassette, and I actually have a nice working deck! If you need to lock in your purchase of the welcome return of Altered Images, then you know what to do. DJ hit that button!