EMERSON TRIBUTE

Yes, as you may have read today, I have agreed to do a cameo at the Keith Emerson tribute concert ins Los Angeles on May 28th.  I am so busy trying to finish the massive UK box set that I will only be able to play two or three pieces in the show, but it seems like it will be a great concert, with or without my participation.
 
Let me say that losing my friend and teenage hero Keith has been a big blow, and I am just at the beginning of publicly acknowledging what he meant to my early development as a keyboard player.

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT REMIX

I am pleased to announce the completion of the new Night After Night mixes; the entire concert-length recordings have been mixed from scratch by legendary mix engineer Bob Clearmountain. The newly extended 1979 live album is more than twice as long as the original release, coming in at 1 hour and 35 minutes, and will only be available in the Ultimate Collectors' Edition box set as both a double CD and as a high-resolution Blu-ray audio disc in both stereo and 5.1 surround-sound.
 
I think you will enjoy Bob's mixes of the Jobson, Wetton, Bozzio trio performing Thirty Years, Carrying No Cross, The Only Thing She Needs, Danger Money and more, along with new high-resolution remixes of the original Night After Night live tracks.
 
Bob's excellent assistant, Sergio, took this picture.  I think he was shocked that anyone would have the audacity to start pushing buttons in the middle of a Bob Clearmountain mix!  But Bob was OK with it... no, really. 
 
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UK BOX SET PRICING

As Amazon (USA) have dropped their price on the Ultimate Collectors' Edition box set, and as they are offering free shipping, we have decided to increase the Z'Lounge price only slightly, to $125, and keep the Full Member's price the same at $95.  However, as the box will now weigh close to 5lbs, we have had to increase the international shipping cost to $65 (for purchases starting today). USA domestic shipping will remain at $20.
 
All pledges as part of the Z-Funder campaign will still receive the complete 16-disc box set, a savings for many of a whopping $95 off the current retail price, in addition to receiving free shipping.  This is in appreciation for your early support and investment in the project.  Thank you.
 
The detailed contents, as reflected in the 'Abbey Road' video (see the Video page) have now been officially released to the retailers.  In addition to the highest quality remasters of U.K., Danger Money, Night After Night (with 50 minutes of additional music), as well as the Reunion double CD, there will be an interviews disc and an outtakes-and-extras disc, including Terry Bozzio and myself recording some of the drum parts on Danger Money, which is a lot of fun to listen to.  I am also including four radio broadcasts - three of the original band performances with Bruford and Holdsworth, plus the final 1979 concert of the Jobson-Wetton-Bozzio trio performing in Holland; and I am preparinga 64-page book (for weight considerations, not four books as previously suggested), telling the complete story of UK.  In terms of stereo audio, this will indeed be the definitive Ultimate Collector's Edition.

ABBEY ROAD

I have posted an Abbey Road update video on the Video page documenting both my visit to the famous studio, and the number of master tapes I was able to retrieve from the vaults.  With all of the materials collected and digitized, the UK Ultimate Collectors' Edition box set will now contain 16 discs in an extensive packaging, complete with a 64-page book.
 
I am very pleased with the high-resolution files and can now say with confidence that this will be the highest quality collection of UK recordings ever available.  The complete audio set can be pre-purchased from the store for the temporary price of $120 plus shipping and handling; $95 for Full members.  Due to the considerable expansion of the project, my latest projected release date is April 12th.
 
Wishing everyone a great year ahead in 2016!
 
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FOUR DECADES UPDATE

Despite trying for many months to convince Ward Records in Japan to release the Four Decades and Curtain Call videos worldwide through Globe at regular DVD/Blu-ray prices, they have not made this possible for me.  So the videos will only be available as Japanese exports, at Japanese export prices.  I apologize that we will be unable to offer either video through Globe Music or on the Zealots Lounge, or be able to include Curtain Call in the UK box set.
 
However, the good news is that the Abbey Road sessions were quite fruitful and I shall soon be posting an update video here on the Lounge about the progress of the Ultimate Collectors' Edition box set.  Stay tuned.
 
The Zealots store has finally reopened with a few items, and though the special Z-Funder deal is over, the UK box set will be added to the store catalog after I have posted the update video.
 
Thanks once again to all of the Z-Funder contributors, and a very special thanks to the Diamond-level funders for hosting me in your homes.  I enjoyed spending time sharing knowledge and stories with such an intelligent and gracious group of people and I look forward to seeing you all again in the future.

JAPAN STUDIO VISIT

As all of the Z-Funder "Gold" level studio visits in Los Angeles, New York and London are sold out, I have decided to add one more studio day in Tokyo.  This will likely take place after the Ultimate Collectors' Edition UK box set is completed, so the Tokyo session will be more of a playback event prior to the worldwide release.  We already have a couple of Gold pledges from Japan, but as I am only now announcing this, I will keep the Japan-only "Gold" level open until noon Tuesday Nov.3rd (Japan time) to give everyone a chance to participate.
 
Otherwise, the Z-Funder campaign is over and I will be heading to Europe on Tuesday.  The Abbey Road sessions are booked for Nov.9-10 and I am really looking forward to hearing what we have lurking in that historic vault!  I think the UK box set is going to be spectacular.
 
Meanwhile, while I am traveling, I have decided to upgrade all of the software modules on the Zealots Lounge.  We have had a few issues with the Free Store that can only be fixed by rebuilding the store modules with updated software, so both stores will be closed for a few weeks.
 
A big thanks to all of the Z-Funder participants; you have really helped this project come to fruition.  I look forward to giving you a full update regarding the contents of the UK box set when I return to Los Angeles.
 
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