The new record, Tales from a Broken Heart, was mastered a week ago by Rob Aubrey over at Aubitt Studios. It took a touch under 5 hours which was good going considering there’s 11 tracks on the record that run for just over 45 minutes.
The following day I went to my good friends Hayley Alker and Jon Callender’s studio to listen back to the master. This was the first time anyone had heard the finished record in its entirety. Both Hayley and Jon were very positive about the record, a great relief. I know them well enough for them to give a truly honest opinion. Actually, it was the first time Jon had heard the finished track that he played drums on (track 3, You Left the Wrong Man). So that must have been weird for him.
The following day I played it to Jim Shaw from Cranes, and again, he was very positive saying he thought it was a ‘very brave’ record to make. I take that as a high compliment from Mr Shaw who has made a fair few ‘brave’ records himself.
It all looked and sounded good so I have now gone ahead and put it up for pre-order. The master and the artwork are now residing with the replication company and all there is to do is to wait until the finished items show up. The record will be available on CD and as a download (many thanks to all those that have already pre-ordered). If you buy the CD you get the downloads for free and you can have the downloads in damn near any quality you want, including 44.1KHz @ 24 bit right down to mp3. It is your choice.
The record can be pre-ordered from my bandcamp page and should be ready to ship out around the 8th March.
I hope you like it.