Just over a year ago, I released 11 Reasons Why 3 Is Greater Than Everything. My first studio solo bass album in 5 years. It’s already my most successful digital album ever, but now it’s been completely remastered (and in a couple of cases, remixed).
In the last year, I’ve learned a whole lot more about mastering – the process of taking the mixed tracks and making the final finished product out of them. It’s a bit of a dark art, and mainly involves compression and EQ with a few other bits of fairy-dust thrown in. The process of mixing Believe In Peace was a really educational one, and from there, looking back at 11 Reasons, I thought I could do a better job… so I have. Here it is – listen/download/pay what you think it’s worth
One of the joys of digital releases is that there’s nothing stopping the art from growing with the artist – our fixed idea of recordings being set in stone is just because of the ‘tyranny of recording’ that has dominated music for the last 60 or 70 years. Before that, the salable element in music was sheet music and every single experience of that music was unique.
Now, recordings are malleable and as we learn more, we can incorporate that learning without having to do another expensive CD run.There’s no need for me to wait 20 years and do a weird remasters package on SACD that comes with a free Lego Millennium Falcon or some shit…
So here it is – new and improved. I *love* the sound of the record now. If you’ve already bought it, please download it again for free – I don’t mind where you got it from – if you bought it on iTunes or eMusic or Amazon, grab a free upgrade from here. If it’s a massive improvement for you, feel free to come and pay more for it too. Or not. I just hope you enjoy the shiny new sound!
More remasters to follow….by