Thursday, 15 August 2013

"A Taste of The Magnificent AK47"

At last, it is here, announcing the semi-official, mini-launch of our first proper(ish) CD, "A Taste of The Magnificent AK47".  A true shining example of undaunted enthusiasm triumphing over inadequate talent and preparation.

This master-piece of digital Magnificence escaped out into the wild when it was unleashed on an unsuspecting world at our recent gig supporting The Spooky Men's Chorale back in July.  In fact, nearly two dozen copies were bought that night, mostly by confused Spooky fans who thought they were buying the rare "Spooky White Album", but we very much hope they will enjoy it all the same.

All in all it is a considerable landmark for the blokes to have got this far and had the temerity to think they were worthy of doing a proper recording.  In fact, it has been described by our harshest (dearly beloved) critic as "not too bad" - faint praise indeed but gratefully accepted none the less.

Suffice to say, it was quite an experience to go through and most blokes would agree it was surprisingly hard work hanging around for the best part of 7 hours trying to sound like a proper choir and managing to get through a take without someone stuffing up at some point or other.

True, this is only very much a taster of things to come and there are dark mutterings about new recordings at some point, "overdubs", "re-mixes" but overall, we have been modestly pleased with the results and the kind comments of appreciation from many people who have heard the material.  When pressed about a fuller CD release, a spokesbloke replied "Soon(ish)".

Everyone who was involved would like to thank everyone who helped make it possible, especially our nearest and dearest who spared us from Sunday jobs for a whole day, and in particular thanks to Chris Samuel for tipping us off about the studio we used, thanks to Nick Beere at Mooncalf Studios for allowing quite so many blokes to cram into his studio and breathe all over his mics, to Neil B for nagging everybody along and being quite bossy on the day, to Chris A for his wonderful artwork and putting it all together under considerable time pressures, and to all the blokes for taking part.

Ordering your very own copy to cherish could not be much simpler (unless you are a complete techno-phobe, or don't have a computer), you just click on toour special website page at and add to your basket and follow the usual sort of instructions from there.

For more info on the recording process, why it is just a taster and in depth details about the tracks, stay tuned as we will publish another blog posting or two in coming weeks, after some more "interesting news".  But just to whet your appetite a little, the track listings are

The Vly
And I Love Her
Unsung Heroes No. 10
The Ashton Keynes Land Shanty

and a sample of which can be found at

More soon.

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