We are proud to announce that Gas 0095 will be available on CD for the first time in more than ten years, and the first time for the (BobKatz approved!) remaster.
The CD is available for pre-order today and set for release on 14th July. All pre-orders will come with a special and limited gift, we will give more details on the blog in the coming days. (Free Minimoog offer now extended).
Also, for instant gratification and to save you time converting for your computer and mp3 player, it will come with the 320k mp3 version of the album as an instant download when you purchase the CD.
This includes the track ‘Forget the Past’ co-written by Charles Webster (Presence, Phurry Phreaks), Sara Jay (Massive Attack) and Mat Jarvis (Gas, High Skies). Mat programmed on every track of the album which also includes the track ‘Gift of Freedom’ which was remixed by Mat (High Skies mix) for the ‘Remixed on the 24th of July’ album.
Napster today announced that it’s going MP3, and will be the largest MP3 store with 6 million tracks.
Napster, the pioneer of digital music, today announced the launch of the world’s largest and most comprehensive MP3 store at www.napster.com/store.
Napster’s download store is more than 50 percent larger than any other MP3 store and boasts not only the largest major label MP3 catalog in the industry, but also the largest library of independent music available anywhere. All Napster download sales in the US will now be in the user-friendly, DRM-free MP3 format, which is compatible with virtually any MP3 player or music phone including the iPod and the iPhone. Napster is the first music subscription service featuring major label content to offer 100 percent of its catalog in the MP3 format for download sales.
Pricing for download sales will remain at 99 cents for single MP3 tracks and $9.95 for most MP3 albums, Napster confirmed. The vast majority of the MP3 catalog, including all major label content, is available at a high-quality 256kbps bitrate, and downloaded tracks include high-resolution album art. Consumers can visit and browse the download store with no obligation or commitment, and can also choose to subscribe to Napster’s on-demand streaming service, which is web-based and can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer without downloading software.
This is interesting because although Amazon and Zune both offer MP3 downloads, they could have been seen as an experiment by the larger labels, but I think that this move shows there is no going back back now. Amazon MP3 and Napster MP3 are still U.S. only, but I think it’s only a matter of time before they spread. This is only a good thing for music; who wants to rent their music (without even knowing it)?
Of course there is still the massive problem of piracy, which plagues us and other indie labels. We have more people visiting our site just to download the Gas 0095 artwork for their pirated copies than those coming to check out the music. There are also more sites selling illegal copies of Gas 0095 thanlegalones.
Pirating, or ‘sharing’ is a huge problem, especially to the smaller independent labels. You have to send out promos of your record to press and DJs before it’s released, so how do labels stop pirates from bootlegging and uploading for everyone to download before that release date?
…you add in gaps/ dropouts to the promos, or in this case, a voiceover. It’s far from perfect and can get in the way of the people trying to write a review, but at least it’s ‘some’ kind of protection.
There are about three dropouts per track and 39 tracks on this 3xCD album, making well over a hundred dropouts, so you wouldn’t want to listen to the album too many times on repeat.
I should stress that this is only on the promo copies…
Originally recorded in the late 90s, it’s a dark downtempo remix with lo-fi electronics over an inexorable drum machine, backing the child-like voice of Sara Jay (Massive Attack). Lo;Rise are legendary house DJ Charles Webster (Presence, Furry Phreaks, Symetrix (Emit) etc) and Sara Jay (Massive Attack). Mat has previously worked with Charles and Sara for many years on various projects…
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