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Saturday, 13 October 2018

National Album Day

National Album Day

Hi everyone!

Today, Saturday 13th October marks the very first National Album Day in the UK when we will celebrate all aspects of the UK’s love of the album – new releases and classic recordings across all genres of music!

It's been 70 years since the release of Nathan Milstein’s recording of Mendelssohn’s Concerto In E Minor, the first ever 33RPM 12" LP record that marked the birth of the album as we now know it.

To mark this momentous day, I have pulled together some of my favourite albums in celebration!

Like the band or artist? Click on the album covers and be directed to the album and support the artist!

I hope you enjoy these just as much as I have over the years!

A Day To Remember – What Separates Me From You

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Citizen –  Youth

Turnover – Peripheral Vision

UB40 – Labour Of Love III

Chase & Status – More Than A Lot

Professor Green – At Your Inconvenience

Bring Me The Horizon - There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret

Daughter – If You Leave

London Grammar – If You Wait

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

UB40 – Cover Up

The Ghost Inside – Returners

The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth

 Being As An Ocean – Dear G-D…

The Elijah – I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created

Tom Odell – Long Way Down

The Notorious B.I.G – Ready To Die

Lonely The Brave – The Day’s War

Deaf Havana – Fools and Worthless Liars (Deluxe Edition)

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together

From Indian Lakes – The Man With Wooden Legs

Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You

Nirvana – Nevermind
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Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory

Eminem – Encore

The Summer Set – Love Like This

Ed Sheeran – No.5 Collaborations Project

While She Sleeps – This Is The Six

D12 – Devils Night

Rihanna – Rated R

Green Day – American Idiot

Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

The Notorious B.I.G – Life After Death

  Damien Marley – Welcome To Jamrock

Michael Jackson - Bad

Placebo – Loud Like Love

The Fray  - How To Save A Life

Lower Than Atlantis – World Record

Usher – Confessions

  Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory

Nickelback – The Long Road Home

D12 – D12 World

N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony - Remastered

Peter Connelly is a video game composer and sound designer, best known for the action-adventure Tomb Raider Series. Many of us know the game and have spent various hours from the 90’s exhausting a controller, kicking ass as Lara Croft. Not only do we love the legend of the series, we love the journey the score takes us throughout it.

Peter contacted me recently and asked me to invite you to his Kickstarter campaign; Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony - an epic remake of Connelly’s original Tomb Raider soundtrack. Not just one, but all three, The Last Revelation, Chronicles and The Angel of Darkness. Also, if that didn’t get you excited maybe news that the brand new arrangement will be featuring Tina Guo and Julie Elven!

“The core of Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony is a suite of two albums: one recorded by an 82-piece orchestra at the prestigious Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, and produced by a world-class professional team led by Dr. Richard Niles (an world-renowned orchestrator for Paul McCartney, the Pet Shop Boys, Trevor Horn and more), for the most beautiful and moving Tomb Raider sound you will ever hear. The second is for an album of Peter Connelly’s original Tomb Raider scores remastered for the highest-possible sound quality.” – Peter Connelly

  Many of you who are new to Kickstarter, I’ll give you a little heads up!

Kickstarter is an online crowdfunding platform for creative projects. People ask for investment towards their project (in your case, a studio album called Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony) by showing off what they want to do, how they plan to do it, and what the “funding goal” needs to be to make it all happen. Individuals across the world can then donate money towards the project by “backing” a certain amount, called a “pledge”. These pledges include special goodies called “pledge rewards” – the more you donate, the more/better/more expensive the pledge rewards will be. the funding period (usually 30 days) is finished, and assuming the funding goal has been reached, the project organisers can then get on and create the item/service that they wanted funding AND produce the pledge rewards for their backers. Kickstarter is not a shop: products are not immediately available at the end of the funding campaign. The project managers will state exactly when they expect to deliver both the pledge rewards and the final product on their project page. Money is only debited from backers if the funding goal is reached. In other words, it’s “all or nothing”.
Supporting a Kickstarter campaign can have ups and downs. If the funds for the project are not reached then yes, the project is ended and will not commence further unless there can be changes to make it more effective. However if you have a goal that’s core is personal, the likelihood of it succeeding is imminent.

A fan of Peter’s work asked him what would happen in the event of the project not get funded in time after he and his team have put in a lot of time, money and effort...

Peter replied;

“We had an amazing couple of years trying to bring something great for classic Tomb Raider fans and retrogamers. At the very least we'll have memories and experience.”

Regardless of the outcome, there will always be a home for this incredible composition.

Not only does your pledge help fund this campaign it also rewards you for your generosity! 

A simple start off pledge at £5.00 will gift you a personal email from Peter thanking you for your support. Any pledges from £10.00 or up will receive a download of specific soundtracks, thank you credit’s in the soundtrack booklets, signed posters, surround sound DVD’s (you can listen to “Dance of the Lux Veritatis”, “By Moonlight”, “The Accused” – and all the rest of your favourites – as they were meant to be heard!), special edition vinyl records and custom handmade memorabilia!  

You can also add additional items to your pledge level by simply increasing your pledge too!


Listed below are the various pledge rewards you will receive by backing this campaign!


The team behind this project, making every effort to ensure it is piloted are;

 Tina Guo

Guo is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated virtuoso acoustic/electric cellist, recording artist, and composer. She is a frequent musical collaborator with Hans Zimmer and has toured with him as part of the Hans Zimmer Live tour.

Julie Elven

Elven is an award-winning Soundtrack and Filmscore Vocalist based in Munich, Germany. She has featured alongside James Newton Howard and multiple orchestras. She is best known for her soloist vocal work on triple-A gaming titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn, World of Warcraft: Legion (plus many other famous titles by Blizzard Entertainment), Riot Games’ League of Legends, and more.

Dr Richard Niles

Niles is a world-famous Orchestrator / Arranger / Musician. He has worked with a veritable who’s-who of pop, such as Paul McCartney, the Pet Shop Boys, and Trevor Horn CBE.
The team also includes Ben Fenner (Mastering Engineer), Isobel Griffiths (Orchestra Contractor), and Iain Mackenzie (Vocalist and Choir Master).

 Please click the following to access this Kickstarter campaign and make a pledge towards Peter Connelly’s magic…

Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony

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