Galahad "Following Ghosts - Expanded Edition"
In late 1996 Galahad commenced writing what was to become their fourth studio album. After a somewhat tortuous search for a new keyboard player to replace Karl who had recently left for family reasons the band welcomed Dean Baker in to the fold and immediately began to write new material for ‘Following Ghosts’.
Dean had an immediate impact upon the band coming up with many interesting and varied ideas many of which ended up on the resulting recording which also gave Galahad a more modern slant on so called ‘Progressive’ Rock, a term which at the time was still very, very uncool not that the band cared that much!
‘Following Ghosts’ ended up being the most diverse, eclectic and accomplished album the band had recorded at that point. Influences were many and varied, everything from the obvious progressive/rock influences plus elements of dance, break beats, ambient and Middle Eastern sounds as well as nods towards more acoustic based pastoral folk influences together with full on classical orchestrations along with the odd occasional hint of jazz.
This new expansive release brings together all of the ‘Following Ghosts’ related material and consists of a three CD package containing a completely new re-mix of the original ‘Following Ghosts’ album by Karl Groom, our engineer/producer of choice, together with ‘Alternative Ghosts’ which contains new alternative versions of every track from the original album, again engineered and mixed by Karl Groom and featuring Mark Spencer playing bass guitar on a Galahad album for the very first time.
We have also included a re-mastered version of the rather experimental ‘De-Constructing Ghosts’ album which was originally a separate companion release to the main album under the guise of the ‘Galahad Electric Company’ back in 1999. This CD contains tracks written and arranged by various other musicians, DJs and re-mixers pieced together from the original Galahad ‘Following Ghosts’ multi-tracks resulting in completely different songs in most cases! In all this expanded release contains a whopping 37 tracks! In many ways this was a comeback album, a fresh start after the difficult trials of the previous ‘Sleepers’ album. An album which seemed to polarise opinion at the time within Prog circles, mainly because of its diverse and, ironically, truly progressive nature. Two decades years later, we think it actually still sounds pretty fresh and perhaps will be assessed in a positive way in today’s more accepting musical climate as far so called ‘Progressive Rock’ is concerned.
This package includes new artwork, rare photos and notes by various band members and others who were involved at the time. It also includes a copy of the original CD booklet and an original tray insert signed by the current band members (whilst stocks last!). This release will initially also only be available on CD as part of a limited run. The album will also be available to download from our updated official Bandcamp site. The re-mixed version of the original album will also be released as a double LP on 180gm Gold vinyl in a gatefold sleeve at some point in the near future.
CD One (2019 Mix): Myopia | Imago | A Short Reflection on Two Past Lives – Part One | Karma for One | Perfection Personified | Bug Eye | A Short Reflection on Two Past Lives – Part Two | Ocean Blue | Rejuvenation | Easier Said Than Done | Shine: i. Like A Bolt Out of the Blue ii. The Pain She Feels Inside iii. Shine On…
CD Two: Myopia | Imago | A Short Reflection on Two Past Lives – Part One | Karma for One | Perfection Personified | Bug Eye | A Short Reflection on Two Past Lives – Part Two | Ocean Blue | Rejuvenation | Easier Said Than Done | Shine
CD Three – Deconstructing Ghosts (2019 Remaster): Dusty Rhodes | Imago Separation Mix | Cheese Roll Rozwell | Ultra Shine | Holy Curry Land | Ocean Black | Karma Divine | The Bliss Police | Myopic Distortion | Stu Goes to Morocco | Enshillar Surf Punk Mix | Great Portland Bleats | Blind | Sludge Flute Landing Zone | (We Will Always) Remember The Good Times…