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.
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’s mostly about things with strings and kind of all over the place stylistically, and one that’s 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.
The question is: should I “release” them as separate albums, or should I bring them together as a double CD?
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 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 each other pretty well in spite of their differences. It would also be easier to only have to come up with cover art and designs for inserts and the CDs themselves once.
On the other hand, I’m just about to put out the aforementioned triple CD set, and following that with a double CD 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 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 easier to make once the albums come into sharper focus and I have a better 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 MISFITS, 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 get it out sometime in November at the latest. I don’t think I’ll be spreading it around nearly as much as the last album, because I 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 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.