it sure be a head-scratchin’ affair.

i’ve been bouncing some ideas around inside the old brain box, but there’s only so much you can do on your own…so i thought it might be an idea to ask anyone who reads this what they think.

see, in addition to everything else (and what i outlined in my first-ever post here has grown to include even more projected albums that may or may not ever come to fruition), the main things i’m working on right now are two albums—one that is mostly about things with strings and kind of all over the place stylistically, and one that is pretty piano-heavy and will probably feel more of a piece with itself. it’ll be a while yet before either album is finished (i’m shooting for the end of the year, which might be a little tight), but i think they might both end up hitting the finish line at about the same time. so the question is this: should i “release” them as separate albums, or should i bring them together as a double-cd?

personally, i’m of two minds about this. on the one hand, it’s been a long time since i put out a two-cd set of new material (i don’t think OUT-TAKES, MISFITS & OTHER THINGS really counts, since it’s a triple-cd and a compilation of songs that never found a home, and not something i view as a proper album). the double-cds i did put out are things that pretty much no one has ever heard. it would be kind of fun to throw something like that out there now that i know a few people would actually hear it, and i think the two cds would compliment one another fairly well in spite of their differences. it would also be easier to only have to come up with cover art and design the inserts/cds once. on the other hand, i’m just about to put out the aforementioned triple-cd set, and following that with a double-cd set might be a bit much for people to digest; that would be five cds of music inside of a few months. i’ve done the “simultaneously releasing more than one album” thing before, though it’s been a while, and that’s also fun to do, in a different way. both forthcoming cds will probably be pretty crammed with music (maybe not quite to the extent of CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN…i’m not sure yet), so keeping them as separate entities might make things a little less frightening and more approachable.

there are pros and cons on both sides. i’m sure the decision will be made easier once the albums come into sharper focus and i have a clearer idea of how well they may or may not work together, but i thought it was worth asking for some outside opinions. what do you think? two separate single-disc albums released more or less at the same time, or a double-cd set?

on the subject of MIFSITS, the thing is basically done. it’s about time. i’m not sure i’ll be able to get it out there before the end of the month as planned, but i’m going to look into the packaging business soon and, at the latest, get it out sometime in november. i don’t think i’ll be spreading it around nearly as much as the last cd, because i really doubt it’s something that will interest many people, but anyone who wants a copy is welcome to one. there are a few songs up on the appropriate album page now, along with some sketches and things scattered throughout earlier entries here, and there will be more information up there before too long. i realize there’s a typo at the beginning of this paragraph, but it amuses me, so it gets to stay.

7 comments

  1. My vote is typically for two single albums if they’re each over 45 mins, double album if not. Just personal preference – you will know best anyway.

  2. I hope to sneak a listen to the new unreleased Misfits CD’s tomorrow as I have an inside contact Elliot. I think a 3CD release is appropriate as it gives the listeners a smorgasboard of songs from your past. It’s like an early Christmas present.

  3. a quick report on the new unreleased misfits 3CD’s – it can best be described as enjoying a fine glass of Merlot, with a sensuous veal scallipini, followed by a magnificent tortufu, then soothed by a fine coffee….and that’s only the description of the first few songs….I enjoyed all 3 CD’s but they must be listened to uninterrupted….perhaps it’s like taking a peak into this musician’s mind and getting a glimpse of the pieces of the past….Well done!!! A must listen!! How’s that for radio speak! Cheerssssss

  4. you crazy, ismal…musical schizophrenia is what it is!

    and erin…it might be a while, and i’m not sure if it’ll be a double album or two single albums. i guess time will tell. but i will have a 3-CD set separate from that to give you in a few weeks.

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