For the past few years, prog legends Twelfth Night have been raiding their archives. Their cassette only release ‘Smiling At Grief’ has seen a much-loved expanded CD reissue, while their classic live albums ‘Live At The Target’ and ‘Live & Let Live: Live at The Marquee’ were afforded a wealth of bonuses on thoughtfully created deluxe sets.
The fans have been waiting for a hugely expanded ‘Fact & Fiction’ for what feels like forever. The wait is almost over. Drummer and band curator Brian Devoil is keeping things close to his chest with regards to what an expanded ‘Fact & Fiction’ will include, but it’s safe to say that all bonus tracks from the previous CD edition will be reproduced, as the new collectors’ edition will be a 3CD set!
Here’s Brian with an update of the coming year in Twelfth Night land:
It’s been very quiet recently, hasn’t it?
The good news is that 2018 will be a busy year for us – it will very soon be 40 years since our first ever gig at Reading University, when we were a 2-piece band called, simply, Andy Revell. In honour of this frankly alarming milestone, we have a series of new releases in development for release throughout 2018.
Firstly, the long-awaited definitive edition of Fact and Fiction is scheduled for a Spring release. This will be a triple CD and download, featuring, well – you’ve have to wait and see! But we’re very excited about this one. Stay tuned for more information.
Secondly, work is progressing on the audio and video for A Night To Remember, our Barbican “farewell” show recorded in December 2012. The audio is just about complete – mixed and generally spruced up by Mark Spencer and sounding, well, awesome – with just some final tweaks to be done on the video edit. We plan a BluRay/DVD release and audio CD/download during 2018.
Thirdly, with the original publication of Play On, our official biography, long out of print, we have asked Andrew Wild to update and expand his book – Andy has conducted a series of new interviews and taken the story right through to our final gig in 2014. We’re looking for a late spring or early summer release and, once again, we will include the Play On DVD with all copies – our complete archive of memorabilia: news stories, photographs, rare videos and lots of music unavailable elsewhere.
Finally, Clive’s exciting new project, the C:Live Collective, which includes both Mark Spencer and James Mann (Geoff’s son) will release NEW music in 2018, and perform some gigs, with Winter’s End in Wales already confirmed for the end of April. Head over to Clive’s pages at https://www.facebook.com/theclivecollective/ for regular updates from the man himself.
Thanks for all of your patience – we’ve all been focussed on other things for the last 2 or 3 years but I can guarantee that 2018 will be a busy year for the Twelfth Night faithful!