I’m delighted to announce the arrival of some new PRP merchandise.
We’ve just released some brand new short-sleeve baseball style shirts with a PRP logo designed around the original PRP album cover “Under the Rising Sun”. The band Paul Raymond Project originated in Japan back in 1989 and the original artwork was created by a Japanese artist and this is revised version designed by Tristan Greatrex.
I wanted this T-shirt to acknowledge the band’s origins and all the people involved in its creation including ex-Angel lead vocalist Frank DiMino, guitarist Reibun Ohtani and Masayoshi Yamashita from Loudness on bass, also Aki Fukasawa who was the first vocalist to appear in the live line-up which toured in Japan.
The guys and I had a blast on the road last month with my solo band Paul Raymond Project, which involved a mini-tour of 6 towns and cities up and down England (Sorry Scotland and Wales – I’ll be sure to include you next time). There have been some great reviews, photos and videos from the gigs which I’ll do my best to share with you, when I find some time to pick my favourites out. Thanks to all who came out to support our shows, and bought the Rewind 50 CDs and T-Shirts. Rewind 50 is now available as a digital download from CdBaby and Amazon and will be available through iTunes very soon. and I’m excited to announce that the CD is now available to buy through CdBaby with 1c shipping on all orders made in February (including international)
And so, onto the next adventure – back out on the road with UFO to promote our brand new album A Conspiracy of Stars, due for release on 23 February in Europe and 3 March in the USA. The reviews have been excellent and the general feeling is that producer Chris Tsangarides has definitely brought out the best in us, I hope you agree.
Hope to see you at one of our shows in Europe in February / March and in the UK April / May. Looks like we’ll be hitting the States for the first time in a while this September….. I’ll keep you posted when I know more.
Hi Everyone – sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the site for a while but I have been so busy getting the new album ready for production it’s taken up all my time. I am really happy to report that the album is being manufactured as we speak, and if all goes well we should be able to start shipping next week to all those who have ordered one through my Pledge Music page. There is still a small window of opportunity to order your copy as the campaign will run until 8th December.
After that, the album won’t be available again until the New Year as we are currently sorting out a distribution deal to make it available through physical and digital retailers such as Amazon and iTunes.
On the tour front, apart from the UFO dates for next year which are available to view on the UFO website, I will be playing a few shows around the UK in January with a brand new line-up of my band Paul Raymond Project. Dave Burn will be the lead guitarist with Andy Dodds on lead vocals. The rhythm section comprises Mark Coles on bass and Tony Steel on drums. We will be playing Bristol, London, Workington, Selby, Newcastle and Birmingham. Check out the Tour Dates page for more details. Sorry I couldn’t extend the shows to include any in Scotland or Wales, but I will need to start rehearsing for the UFO tour at the end of January. If these shows go well, I’ll try and do some more in the summer months, UFO commitments permitting.
My Pledge Music campaign is REALLY close to reaching its target – currently sitting at 95%! I am so happy at the response it has received and grateful to all those who have showed their support for my new album Rewind 50. I just need one last little push to get it over the hill and into production.
If you haven’t seen the campaign, please visit my Pledge Music page by clicking on the link below.
You can listen to a preview of one of the tracks and browse the exclusives, which are only on offer from my Pledge Music page until the campaign ends. Once the target has been reached we can start sending out the memorabilia items straight away. The CDs and T-shirts will then go into production.
Thanks again to all my fans who have pledged their support – it means a lot,
There has been an amazing response to the Pledge Music Campaign which has been running for less than 3 days but achieved a MASSIVE 69 % of the target amount already! To all the fans that have already pledged, a big THANK YOU from me – you have totally exceeded my expectations!
It really makes me happy to know that you are behind the project and I’m excited at the prospect of being able to produce it in the best possible formats for you to enjoy. It looks like we’ll be able to produce both a standard CD and a Digipak, so, if the campaign reaches 100% we will be contacting everyone who has pledged to find out which format they would prefer.
If you want to know more about the campaign, visit my Pledge Music Page here:
Pledges start from as little as £8 for a digital download of the album. I will personally respond to everyone who pledges and leaves a comment for me. You can also preview one of the tracks from the album “All Belongs to You” which I wrote back in 1983 when I joined Pete Way’s band Waysted.
Thank you again, and please remember to share the campaign to keep up the momentum.
Some of you who frequent my Facebook page may remember a few weeks ago I ran a short survey about what your preferred format is when you buy music. The vast majority of you said that you would much prefer a physical CD rather than a digital download AND furthermore, 79% of you said you would be prepared to take part in a crowdfunding project to help make it happen.
So! The time has come for you to do just that. I am launching my PledgeMusic campaign to help with the production and distribution costs of making my solo album, Rewind 50 available on CD. As well as the CD there will be other exclusives such as T-shirts and unique one-off UFO memorabilia items, so without further ado, here is the link (which will go live very shortly) : http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/paulraymond
If the target is reached in 32 days, then a percentage of any extra money raised will go to the NSPCC charity.
Thank you in advance for your support – I’ll be adding updates and more exclusives on the PledgeMusic campaign page and on this website so keep checking back.
I’m just back home after a trip up to the (very wet)North West of England where the brand new line-up of Paul Raymond Project assembled for a photoshoot. We talked set lists, rehearsals and the potential itinerary planned for January 2015. All will be revealed soon, I promise but for the mean time our plans are to play a set that contains 3 songs from my soon to be released solo CD “Rewind 50” plus a selection of Paul Raymond Project songs from Raw Material, Man on a Mission, Virtual Insanity and Terms & Conditions Apply. There will of course be some of my UFO compositions thrown in for good measure – and maybe not the ones you might be expecting……
In the mean time, here’s a pic of me and the guys, courtesy of Kath Goodwin Photography
L-R: Tony Steel (drums & backing vocals) Paul Raymond (keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals & lead vocals) Mark Coles (bass guitar & backing vocals) Dave Burn (lead guitar) Andy Dodds (lead vocals, backing vocals)
Well, as those of you who visit my Facebook page will know, there are exciting developments in the Paul Raymond camp!
I will be releasing a new solo CD (hopefully) before the end of the year. I’m just putting finishing touches to a couple of tracks and it will be ready for mixing and mastering. It’s a retrospective celebrating my 50 years as a professional musician and revisiting songs I have written, co-written, collaborated with or recorded with bands over the years.
My good friend Tristan Greatrex has come up with some fantastic artwork to complement it and I am really excited to get it out there!
I also plan to do a few UK shows with my band Paul Raymond Project to promote it early in the New Year, details are still to be decided but of course I’ll keep you all posted when dates become confirmed. It will be a re-vamped line-up from the one that played a couple of years ago – more on that to come!
We are trying to get venues that will be accessible for everyone wherever you live (within reason) but as I have said on my Facebook page, in the winter months it’s wise to stay on the beaten track so that if the weather does intervene, it’s easier for everyone to still get there on the night.
We also hope to record a DVD of one of the shows so that those of you who are not from the UK can also share in the experience.
Here’s a preview of the artwork. Hope you like it!