Work began on The Distractions retrospective more years ago than those of us at HM HQ like to remember. Start. Stop. Pause a bit. Start. Stop again. Lengthy pause. Start over.
Too tedious to detail the delays and what lay behind them – suffice to say, we’re up and running. Properly.
First things first – with all of The Distractions key masters located, we’ve completed the digitisation process of all found. However, using the same methodology as for any HiddenMasters project, the complete audio-database also includes live recordings; demos, outtakes, different mixes and radio sessions – some of which only now exist on DAT, cassette or virgin vinyl.
So, at long last, we will shortly be embarking on the song selection process in collaboration with Mike Finney, Steve Perrin and Nick Halliwell.
For a long period, the set ran under the (working) title of Parabolically Yours. It worked but… it didn’t quite. Its changed.
Its now called Age+Geography.
As with all HiddenMasters releases, Age+Geography will be issued as a 12″ casebound, hardback book-set. The re-design is at an advanced level – we’re at considerably over 100 pages, while the text – with a handful of interviews still to be completed – is being drawn from exclusive interviews with members of the band along with contemporaries and others associated with the group. The set will also include a wealth of previously unseen images.
The music will be contained on either 3 or 4 CDs (final track listing yet to be decided).
Age+Geography will be issued late 2017 as a limited 1st edition of just 1,000 copies worldwide.
Details for pre-ordering – which will be exclusive to PledgeMusic – will be announced very shortly.