Work is now – officially – underway for a first-time-ever full-scale retrospective of one of Britain’s most celebrated bands – Heads, Hands & Feet.
The set is to be developed in collaboration with the surviving members of the group.
It is probable that R&D will take the better part of a year to eighteen months leading to a (projected) release date of Spring 2016.
A little taster from Gemma Hayes soon-to-be-released new album.
The album is titled Bones + Longing and this is the instrumental outtro to one of the tracks, Joy.
The album is available to pre-order via the PledgeMusic platform – http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gemmahayes
Episode 32 of The Modcast – featuring Jess and acclaimed writer (and former enfant-terrible of The NME) Ian Penman – is now live, here: http://www.themodcast.co.uk
Pictured just after the pre-record are (l/r) Dean Rudland (presenter), Jess, Ian and Eddie Piller (presenter).
We’ve also donated a really special prize which’ll go to whoever in the world (HiddenMasters and The Modcast know no boundaries!) correctly answers the question that Jess poses about halfway through the show.
And the prize is?
Not just a signed copy of the JR Anthology… but… to make it a truly special prize we’ve added in the artist’s proof of one of the pieces of art that were specially created for the Anthology. This is the artist’s proof of the Analog poster (only 30 were produced and they completely sold out within a couple of weeks of pre-ordering opening – and the 20×16 poster features many of the original analog tape boxes from which the whole Anthology was created).
And, since this is the artist’s proof, it is numbered 1 of 1. Equals, its a complete one-off. Plus… Jess has signed it as well.
Here’s a little sneak preview of Gemma’s new Live album (Night&Day) on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fde_5KOLXzE
This limited edition vinyl release features 10 live recordings from the Olympia Theatre and Crawdaddy in Dublin, and St Giles-in-the-Fields in London and is available to pre-order at: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/g…. (Look for the LIVE vinyl album in the right hand blue sidebar.)
Each copy will be hand-numbered and signed by Gemma and pressed on 180g vinyl. The gatefold album package will include a download code as well as two 12″ art prints. Night&Day is pressed to order – so as soon as we have the last orders in – we will not make any more. Last date for ordering end of March 2014.
It’s just one of several special offerings that form part of Gemma’s PledgeMusic campaign for her new studio album which you can also pre-order via PledgeMusic.com…
Gemma is in the final stages of recording that record and we are setting this up for release early Summer 2014.
Both albums are being issued via Gemma’s own label Chasing Dragons in association with HiddenMasters
Gemma has been nominated in the ‘Best Female Artist’ category in the forthcoming Hot Press Awards.
Ireland’s The Hot Press – for those not in the know – has been the world’s most fortnightly music magazine since 1977.
Well… we finally did it! Digitisation of all-found is now complete.
Naturally we’ve been working with the expected 1/4″ and 2″ analog reels but also a bunch of cassettes which, quite honestly, were so layered in dust – having lain in un-looked-at boxes for decades – they had to be wiped clean so that the track-listings could be read.
And, as much as we didn’t want to resort to this, we’ve also worked off pristine vinyl since three or four tracks have ceased to survive in any other format – quite where those particular masters are is anybody’s guess… sadly, most probably long-since destroyed.
Now… the song selection process is underway and it is hoped that we’ll be able to announce the finalised track-listing to Parabolically Yours by the end of February.
Gemma (pictured) in the studio at FX in the midst of approving the vinyl cut of her forthcoming Live album – Night&Day.
Pictorially… a white label is… well… its a white label test pressing = doesn’t look particularly exciting, does it..?!?
But… actually… it really is… and certainly was… when we were all listening back the very first time.
‘cos – the warmth of vinyl – that old, well-worn phrase holds true.
Not sure how or why… but, something magical has happened… And, we all felt it on that first play-back – its like the music has, somehow, taken on an added dimension via what some might construe as an old-fashioned medium; a warmth and a depth that, somehow, just doesn’t translate digitally.
Are we excited about this? Just a little..!
Anyhow… manufacturing is now underway… which means we’re just a few weeks away from having the finished items ready to be sent out.
But… don’t forget, this album is a really special pressing – and is limited to pre-orders (via PledgeMusic.com/GemmaHayes) to 500 copies.
(pictures taken at FX courtesy of Simon Long / Gemma’s manager)
Presenting a video montage with snippets of music from The Jess Roden Anthology and showing a few of the exclusive pictures in the accompanying book, along with pictures of a load of old boxes… also known as Hidden Masters. If you’d like to order one of the last remaining copies, as there are now only a few left, place your order here.
Is that John Mayer in the background? No wait – there’s Liam Gallagher – and there’s Gemma Hayes sitting in front of HotPress magazine covers with her guitar singing Keep Running and Evening Sun.
Irish pro-music magazine Hot Press featured a live performance by Gemma in their luxurious surroundings of their storeroom-cum-studio. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Classic Rock magazine , Feb 2014 edition, No.193 with Led Zeppelin cover
The latest edition of Classic Rock magazine (issue #193, with Led Zeppelin on the cover) is just out and includes a three-and-a-half page feature – written by Paul Rees – on Jess Roden and the Hidden Masters Anthology.
“… a telling reminder of the fact that Roden is among the finest and most expressive singers this country has produced.”