Almacantar

Success !

Almacantar has been released on iTunes in Canada and the United States.

Known primarily for hit singles "Kiss You When It’s Dangerous", "Sincere" and local Ottawa hit "Where’s Bula", this Rupert Hine production had been discontinued, like many 80’s albums in Canada. But I was one of the fortunate few to have secured a new copy of this album on compact disc shortly after it had been discontinued.

I thought it was a shame this album was no longer available so I decided to publish a simple web site called The Almacantar Project to promote its re-release. And this was of course well before the creation of iTunes so I had hoped it would be re-released on compact disc, which I understand may happen next year.

The band is of course no more. But this album’s singles still aired quite regularly in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec since the band had moved on to other projects in the early 90’s so I am sure many listeners will appreciate being able to download the album.

Universal Records & The Resurgence of Vinyl

Universal Records has decided to start a new crowd funding campaign to address the resurgence of vinyl.

UVinyl, a.k.a The Vinyl Project, is proposing limited re-releases on vinyl from the Universal Music catalog. But few details have been made available yet and the official web site, which will be at uvinyl.com, has yet to have gone online.

All that is known is that donations may result in bonus content, like free music and/or video downloads and personalized art prints. But personally I’d like to see an artist / label partnership that enables donators to obtain rare recordings, like that of Eight Second’s “Almacantar.”

Eight Seconds is a rock band from Ottawa primarily known for Canadian hits “Kiss You When It’s Dangerous“, “Where’s Bula” and Sincere“, which were taken from this Universal Records album. And for “Tell Diane” and “No Picasso” from their subsequent release, “Big Houses” on ATCO Records.

A re-release of Almacantar may be imminent independent of this new project this year. But this could have been an interesting fallback, provided the band were consulted in an acceptable amount of time.

This being an American project I suspect most Canadian releases would take some time to be considered, not only because of popularity in the states but because of contractual and rights issues.

I suspect its success will depend on the compensation artists will receive for these re-releases, especially the lesser known acts. I’ve signed on to get more details on UVinyl and will post additional information, if any.