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'New' Frank album
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gazza



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Couldn't have put it better myself John. I think he's done a great job with this ( it's taken a long while ) and all the feedback seems really positive, so maybe onwards and upwards onto other projects now Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didi - track listing went up with the new site announcement:

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I am delighted to announce that after two years and a whole load of integrity, the VAMPIRES album will be released tonight at 7.00 pm EST. Track listing is....

CD1
01. Calling all the heroes
02. Still too young to remember
03. Old man and the Angel
04. Feels like Summertime
05. Underneath your pillow
06. Midnight
07. Screaming on the beaches

CD2
01. I got you eating out of my hand
02. Rose Marie
03. Never go to heaven
04. Yellow Christian
05. The ice melts into water
06. Vampires
07. Once around the world

The album comes in five formats. Physical CD, download, instrumental download, hi def download and vinyl.

The brand new Francisdunnery.com will be 'live' at 7.00 pm when the moon enters Sagittarius. I hope you enjoy the songs in their new form. They were meticulously recorded by the sensational Francis Dunnery band without any EQ or compression so you will be able to turn them up without them hurting your ears.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Gillham wrote:
I've ordered mine. It's a bit pricey but helping Francis to keep making music is worth it.


I'd be more tempted go go with that if it was new music.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gazza wrote:
Very Happy All depends on how bad you want it in your collection i suppose Exclamation now if it were Marillion or nightwish Question Laughing Laughing


Oh I'll get it eventually - you're right though I wouldn't hesitate if it was marillion.
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Didi



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kulich for the update.
I guess I can not resist.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Listening now. Some good licks! Quite reverential to the original versions considering he called people who like prog dwarf porn addicts a while ago.

Songs sound like they're being played live: no bad thing. I doubt Frank will ever go back to multi layered harmonies and massive John Beck keyboards.

Enjoying it. Nice job you old bald codger Will be listening to this for a while yet. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonecrusher wrote:
gazza wrote:
Very Happy All depends on how bad you want it in your collection i suppose Exclamation now if it were Marillion or nightwish Question Laughing Laughing


Oh I'll get it eventually - you're right though I wouldn't hesitate if it was marillion.


Same here........Just gave Rick Wakeman 50 quid to help fund the remake of The Myths & Legends of King Arthur.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can listen to some of the tracks here.
https://francisdunnery.bandcamp.com/album/vampires-regular-cd

I'm listening now and although I haven't got through much yet my initial reaction is that I'm not sure what the point of this is. They're just re-recordings of the It Bites tracks, often following the live versions. I could sort of see the point of 'There's a whole new world out there' as they were a bit reworked, but this?

It sounds great, well recorded etc, but I already knew the songs were good and sounded great, they did the first time round though, and to me I can't see what the improvement is.

So my genuine question to you all is - what exactly is the point of this album?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy The point is..he's now recorded them using better recording facilities and techniques that he's happy with e.g. very little or no compression, so now you can actually turn the music up and it's not going to distort like most modern day records do, John Mitchell is also doing this on Lonely Robot and other projects. So the point is, whether you want to buy it or not, you're getting a better quality sound production. There are also some subtle changes to the music itself, and it is a double CD. I'm always interested in this kind of thing, but that's just me, i've paid a lot more and felt a lot more short changed, so no complaints here. The reviews i'm reading on Facebook are all very positive too Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gazza - I'm not saying it doesn't sound decent because it does. You know me enough to know that I have been a genuine Francis fan for many years and I don't criticise lightly. There are some subtle changes to the music definitely but for me it feels as if he might as well just released a live album. There's no improvement on the originals for me.

If you think about FD output, since The Gully Flats Boys, the only genuine original music was 'Made in Space' (God help us - whatever he says about prog dwarf porn or whatever that was utter crap IMO). Frankenstein Monster was a collection of substandard (let's be honest about that -it is) 70's rock tunes' although I respect his personal reasons for making it and There's a Whole New World Out was (in some cases) interesting reworkings of some old tunes.

Where is the originality? I genuinely think he has run out of ideas.

As for rerecording with better facilities? It isn't needed on quality music - and that includes the original It Bites stuff. Does Dark Side of the Moon need to be re-recorded?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the wake of Gully Flats Boys FD took a lot of criticism and most IB fans wanted him to go back to rock. He did that but not very successfully (commercially that is). You just have to look at how his forum dived in popularity compared to this one a few years back. I may well be wrong but I think 'Man' and 'Gully Flats Boys' were where his heart lay and he did an about turn to suit the fans. Some closer to him may well say I'm wrong...


I like the new record - there are some more soulful vocal nuances than the original, although I don't think the guitar solos are quite as driving. I would rather like to see some more records like Man and Gully Flats boys with both accoustic and electric influences.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Sorry Dave..sounded like i was having a go, and i wasn't. I know you're a long term FD fan. If it's any consolation, i think Frank has said that he wanted to complete this project once and for all, and move on. I think his voice has progressed over the years as well, and IMO he sounds better than he ever has vocally. He's doing other projects, and has some new songs written, but you know Frank, it could be years until they manifest. His radio shows are interesting, and topical, and funny too, if anyone hasn't heard one yet, get on it..essential listening Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it's been 34 days since I ordered and paid the CD, but it's not here. Can anyone who did the same, confirm receiving it?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank posted on his Facebook site that the delayed CDs had just arrived and are being sent out now.

Here's his message from 2nd April:

I can officially announce that the CDs have arrived in both the USA and in the uk. ( it's amazing what a chainsaw will do) They are being shipped today and tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.

The vinyl will take much longer. I will find out what the schedule is. Vinyl has a waiting time of around 2 months at the plant. Vinyl is extremely popular so there's not much we can do. BUT we did give you all a free download so you don't have to wait to hear the music.

Thank you again for your patience.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine's arrived today.
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