The upcoming new Feelies album, Here Before, is now available for pre-order from Bar/None Records. The album is due to be released on April 12, 2011 as a digital download, on CD and on LP with a digital download card (which is how I will be ordering it). Bar/None did a fantastic job with the recent reissues of the Feelies first two albums, Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth. I bought both on LP and the albums were mastered extremely well and pressed on quiet vinyl. The digital download cards even gave you the option of downloading the albums plus bonus tracks in lossless audio quality (if you don't know what that means, don't worry about it, but trust me, it's a good thing). If you don't have those already, I can't recommend them highly enough.
Record company spiel:
After a 19 year break, the Feelies are back with Here Before an album of all new original material on Bar/None Records. The new album touches on different styles from the Feelies’ long history while adding new grooves and musical ideas to the mix. Electric and acoustic guitars melt together in archetypal Feelies fashion on songs like "Nobody Knows" and "Should Be Gone." Elsewhere there are slabs of driving garage rock like "When You Know" and "Time Is Right" and the down-tempo "Bluer Skies," and harmonically rich "Later On."
Here Before was recorded at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey produced by Feelies founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million. Besides Glenn on rhythm/lead guitar and lead vocals, and Bill on guitar and vocals, the album features Feelies mainstays Brenda Sauter (bass, vocals), Stanley Demeski (drums), and Dave Weckerman (percussion).
My pre-order says the album will ship "on or before" April 12th. Here's hoping for before. Granted, I've waited nearly 20 years for a new Feelies album, but I'm feeling a little impatient nonetheless. I'll see if I can get some info on the mastering and pressing of the new LP for my fellow audio obsessives.
Update for fellow audio obsessives:
According to Bar/None, the LP was mastered at Tangerine by Andreas Meyer (who also did the first rate LP mastering for the reissues). The master he made specifically for vinyl was then sent to Paul Gold at Salt Mastering to make plates. The plates were sent to Rainbo Records to be pressed. This is the exact same chain that was in place for the Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth reissues, so this is very good news. The LP should be sonically excellent.
This time the download card will allow you to get the album at 320k MP3, which I regard as more than sufficient for iPod/portable use.