230503 Deluxe 2CD Anniversary Edition signed by band
- Order number: 35170
- Band/Artist: ANUBIS
- Format: CD
- Genre: PROGRESSIVE
- Erscheinungsdatum: 24.06.2022
Deluxe 2CD mediabook version of the 2020 Partial re-recording and remix of the band‘s celebrated 2009 debut studio album. With CD of unreleased tracks, including the new single ‘Technicolour Afterlife‘ (written in 2004), and the unreleased ‘lost‘ epic ‘The Life not Taken‘ recorded in 2020 and 2021 by the band‘s current line-up; and live tracks recorded across the world throughout the band‘s career. With full sleeve notes by the band and photography and design by the band‘s long term collaborator, Tim Neill.
230503 (2020 Mix)
The Deepest Wound
Leaving Here Tonight
The Bond of Mutual Distrust
Disinfected and Abused
The Life not Taken (2020 Recording)
i. Old Pain, New Wounds
ii. The Deepest Wound
iii. Circular Roads with Straight Lines
iv. Leaving Here Tonight
v. Worlds Apart
vi. Breaking Water
Waterfall (Live in Camden, 2012)
Anonymity (Live in Sydney, 2010)
The Bond of Mutual Distrust (Live in Camden, 2012)
The Collapse (Live in Camden, 2012)
Disinfected and Abused (Live in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, 2018)
Technicolour Afterlife (2020 Recording)
When Anubis released 230503 in 2008, it had begun life as a hobby project by two songwriters - Robert James Moulding and David Eaton - that quickly had to became a band in order to record it. It was recorded, as self-produced debuts so often are, with a lot of enthusiasm but little experience and even less expertise. It was released independently, 'leaked' on BitTorrent and consequently, as a result of doing the right thing for the right time, found an unexpectedly large audience that has stuck with band and enabled it to continue releasing music for 12 years.
By 2020, when the album turned ten, the band had released six studio albums and had developed a means of recording in-house that meant that the 230503 album was little more than demo quality in comparison to the latter day studio records. Featuring some of the band's most popular music - including the 18 minute fan favourite 'Disinfected and Abused', the album garnered great reviews for it's ambition, performances and songwriting, and some derision for it's sound quality.
This version of the album features a complete re-mix and partial re-recording of the work. The original audio files were passed through better quality audio equipment and plugins to render the guitars, basses and voices in hi-res 88.2k/24bit sound, and the keyboards (which were mostly recorded as midi data) were passed through modern 64bit VSTs and better quality synthesizers. The Hammond organ was sent through a better Leslie cabinet and the whole sonic picture received a facelift.
The drums were all re-recorded in January 2020 by Steven Eaton. This process was captured, similarly in 88.2/24 and his performances, while faithful to the original record, give him the opportunity to stamp 10 years of experience playing the material live onto the definitive studio version of the track.
Robert Moulding's voice, having all of the primitive processing from the mid-2000's removed, soars in a way that listeners will be accustomed to on later studio albums, and the clarity in both his and Nick Antoinette's bass playing is stronger than ever.
The album was mixed by Dean Bennison, who produced the original record, and now feels that he's done justice to the band's debut album. Dean joined the band shortly after the release of the album and has since produced the band's entire catalogue.
Douglas Skene digitally mastered the album. Douglas has mastered the band's live albums and the 'Different Stories' and 'Homeless' albums.
This version of 230503 completes the story with a second disc that includes the lost epic 'The Life not Taken', which was woven out of 'The Deepest Wound', 'Leaving Here Tonight', 'Breaking Water' and several minutes of previously unreleased instrumental material. Originally intended to open the 230503 album, it was edited and split into the three songs now better known as the album's opening three tracks.
The album's original intended closing (and title track), 'Technicolour Afterlife' was debuted in an acoustic arrangement on the 'Different Stories' album, but is included here in it's original form.
Both of these pieces were recorded in 2020 by the current line up of the band, featuring Robert Moulding, David and Steven Eaton, Douglas Skene and Dean Bennison, with Anthony Stewart performing the bass parts as he interpreted them.
The second disc also features live performances of the band performing tracks from the album from 2010 to 2018, with Nick Antoinette and Anthony Stewart on bass. Including a performance of 'Disinfected and Abused' from the band's 2018 European tour at the ProgFrog club in the Netherlands.
The set is presented as a two disc CD book pack with linear notes by Robert James Moulding, David Eaton, Douglas Skene, Dean Bennison and Steven Eaton, as well as the band's friend and French promotor Thomas Konsler whose initial review of 230503 in the Musicwaves magazine went a long way toward helping break the band in Europe.