Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Next Album

The next album I upload will indeed be another compilation of rare and/or previously unreleased tracks most from 2013 through 2018. It'll feature three new songs (out of around 20-22 total), two of which were recorded in the past month. I worked several hours today on mixing and preliminary mastering and have (I think) sixteen tracks ready for final mastering. Six or seven songs will come from the Singles Club recording sessions and will have significantly different mixes. Not sure what I'll call the album yet. Initially I thought it might be simply another version of BIG BUSINESS MONKEY, VOLUME 5, but it's so different from that release that I think it might make more sense to re-name it. 

This is a pretty significant day in rock and roll history.

Peter Gabriel was born on this day in 1950.

In 1961, Frank Sinatra started his own music label, Reprise Records, so that he could have more creative freedom in making his own albums. Later Reprise would sign, among many others, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Beach Boys, Captain Beefheart, Arlo Guthrie, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Joy Division, the Kinks, Lou Reed, the Replacements, Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Newman, all of whom which were quite influential in my own musical education.

On this day in 1967, The Beatles released what is probably the greatest single of all time, "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane".

On this day in 1970, Black Sabbath released their debut record. N'uff said.

Waylon Jennings died in his sleep on this day in 2002. He was one of the few classic country artists that I really really liked.

"I think one of the things about writing in the studio is that the song hasn't matured, if you like, so quite often the vocals are early attempts. Whereas once you've taken it out on the road a bit, you learn more about a song." -- Peter Gabriel