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JWood 10-27-2008 07:35 PM

The Umphrey's McGee Thread
 
New album coming out 1.20.09

Pre-order begins now, with the more people pre-ordering, the more bonus features added to the release.

Pretty cool, IMO.

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Dear friends,

We are thrilled to reveal the pre-order details for our new album Mantis, which will be released on January 20, 2009. On Inauguration Day, when our country turns a page in its history, we are writing a new chapter of our own.

Our approach to this studio project has been very different than with those preceding it. While you may find one or two vaguely familiar passages on the new album, for all intents and purposes, this is an album consisting entirely of new music. And while it retains the hallmark Umphrey's McGee sound, we feel as though we have produced a body of work that pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement, and group interplay. Because of this, we view this album as the centerpiece of a new era in the evolution of Umphrey's McGee. We are extremely proud of Mantis, and look forward to taking the material for a test run where we thrive--sharing the experience with you live and without a net. Since the songs were realized in the studio rather than on the road, expect them to get a serious workout in 2009 and beyond. We look forward to joining you on tour and watch how the songs change, evolve, and grow as we experiment, deconstruct, reconstruct, and discover the full potential of the new material in a live context.

Given that this new approach to recording found us pushing ourselves to innovate in a studio setting, we wanted to extend that innovation to push the traditional notion of an "album" and invite you to join in a unique pre-order experience . . .

To continue reading and to pre-order your album, please visit:

[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click Here To Register...]

JWood 10-27-2008 07:39 PM

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Level 1 Unlocked:

1 track from GREATEST HITS VOL. III - The long out of print first record!

4 tracks from annual Acoustic Christmas Show 2005.

2 tracks from Jake Cinninger's home studio 4-track archives - One track you're likely to recognize and one you are not.

1 track from inside the studio control room during an album tracking session -- Fly-on-the-wall perspective.

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Level 2 Unlocked:

1 track from 'beat guru' Andy Farag - Andy often spends his spare time cooking up a variety of hip-hop and r&b beats that are rarely released for public consumption.

Jake's original demo version of feature track 'Made to Measure' with different lyrics. Long before this song evolved into its current state, Jake sang about the joys of men's best friend.

'Made to Measure' alternate take with scratch vocals.

2 acoustic tracks from the soundtrack 'The Trip There' written and performed by Brendan Bayliss.

2 'Solo' audio stems from the title track Mantis - Hear instruments and vocal arrangements of this track with everything else stripped away, a microscopic view inside a dense Umphrey's composition.

1 potential album cut that was ultimately left unfinished.

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Level 3 Unlocked:

2 control room montage tracks - Experience what it's like to be a fly on the wall inside the control room of our studio. Hear songs come to life (or be put to death) as the recording process unfolds.

3 tracks from UM sound checks - "What songs are we going to screw up if we don't practice them?"

Early sketch version of album track #4. (names forthcoming shortly!)

4-track studio version of the song EAT, recorded in Jake's home studio.

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Level 4 Unlocked:

'Dance Remix' of album track #5 from Andy Farag (titles forthcoming!)

'Work in Progress' track - Listen to the conception of album track number #7 from an improvisation during a live show. Follow it through adolescence and beyond!

4 tracks from Acoustic Christmas 2006.

'Birth of a Song' - Listen as an album cut is constructed, deconstructed, written, rewritten, tweaked, and birthed from recordings taken from basement tapes, pre-production writing sessions, and 'Grammy take' sessions.

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Level 5 Unlocked:

2 live tracks from the mythic 'Taper Appreciation Nights' at Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI.

2 tracks from Jake Cinninger's home studio 4-track archives.

Early demo version of album track $6 (titles forthcoming).

Mistake montage - Listen to the less glamorous side of being in the studio with UM.

2 'Solo' audio stems from album track #4 - Hear various instruments and vocal arrangements of this track with everything else stripped away.

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Level 6 Unlocked:

1 "Radio" edit of an album track.

"Work in Progress" - Listen to the conception of album track number #9 from an improvisation during a live show. Follow it through adolescence and beyond!

2 early 4-track version of album track #7 including Jake's first scratch version from 1994. Yes kids, 1994.

3 tracks from the Acoustic Christmas Show 2005.

Time Relevant Track - The original solo guitar audio that became Wizard Burial Ground recorded during album brainstorming sessions.

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Level 7 Unlocked:

'Birth of a song' - Listen as an album cut is constructed, deconstructed, written, rewritten, tweaked, and birthed from recordings taken from basement tapes, pre-production writing sessions, and 'Grammy take' sessions.

2 alternate versions of Jake's guitar solo from album track #6. Listen to the options we sorted through before deciding on this monstrosity.

Umphrey's Round Table Pt. I - A discussion of all things Mantis.

2 tracks of solo grand piano from Joel's Holiday show in 2006.

Early rough version of the title track 'Mantis recorded in Joel's attic in early 2007.

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Level 8 Unlocked:

'Puncle Wally' - Video the lone performance at historic CBGBs in NYC

1 track of solo grand piano from Joel's Holiday show in 2005.

2 tracks from Joel, Jake & Andy from Joel's Holiday show in 2006.

Mantis Ghetts - Just wait and see. Guaranteed to please!

1 track from the mythic 'Taper Appreciation Nights' at Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI

Unreleased track from the Acoustic Planet Tour '06 featuring Bela Fleck.

2 tracks from Acoustic Christmas 2008.

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Level 9 Locked:

FOH Jam - Video from the soundboard jam on 12/31/07.

Early scratch version of album 1348.

Entire set from the 1/19 CD release show at the Vic Theatre.

Fan#41 10-27-2008 07:48 PM

:upyours

deedisdone81 10-27-2008 07:51 PM

This is very innovative, and unique, I preorded the Deluxe edition, very great deal IMO.

The Godfather 10-27-2008 08:59 PM

I pre ordered too...very cool

JWood 10-27-2008 11:14 PM

"Early December" we'll get the Level 1 Bonus Disc (for those who pre-ordered).

deedisdone81 10-27-2008 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by jdub1892 (Post 6410441)
"Early December" we'll get the Level 1 Bonus Disc (for those who pre-ordered).

Sweet, since level 2 is unlocked as of tonight, you can check out level 3 content.

JWood 10-28-2008 10:24 PM

Levels 1-3 unlocked now, Level 4 locked.

deedisdone81 10-28-2008 11:25 PM

Glad I bought the Deluxe though, you automatically get all levels unlocked.

JWood 10-28-2008 11:49 PM

Wait, what?

So you will have all 9 levels unlocked regardless of what the main page says?

deedisdone81 10-29-2008 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdub1892 (Post 6410562)
Wait, what?

So you will have all 9 levels unlocked regardless of what the main page says?

If you purchase the deluxe edition for 49.99, all the bonus content is included.

JWood 10-30-2008 06:12 PM

1-4 unlocked now

tbrown4 10-30-2008 07:03 PM

\m/

Buddy The Elf 10-31-2008 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by tbrown4 (Post 6410974)
\m/

\mm/

taylordb 10-31-2008 09:27 AM

I got a (recorded) call from Jake thanking me for buying the Deluxe Edition.......me and Jake, we're buds now :rawk:lol

Seriously, I like what they are doing with this preorder. Very inovative and shows that they want to support the fans.

deedisdone81 10-31-2008 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by taylordb (Post 6411092)
I got a (recorded) call from Jake thanking me for buying the Deluxe Edition.......me and Jake, we're buds now :rawk:lol

Seriously, I like what they are doing with this preorder. Very inovative and shows that they want to support the fans.

Seriously? Thats fucking awesome. I hope I get one.

JWood 11-04-2008 12:09 PM

I kinda wish I would've ordered the deluxe box now instead of the regular. Crap.

taylordb 11-04-2008 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdub1892 (Post 6411537)
I kinda wish I would've ordered the deluxe box now instead of the regular. Crap.


I bet they will let you switch.....might be a little hassle involved but I bet it can be done. They sold out of the original deluxe run of 500 real quick so they offered up another 500.

Dirtydeeds 11-05-2008 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by jdub1892 (Post 6411537)
I kinda wish I would've ordered the deluxe box now instead of the regular. Crap.

They let you trade up. Just shoot them an email.

JWood 11-06-2008 12:32 AM

FAQ's said all orders are final, but that was with regards to canceling an order.

I sent an email, we'll see...

Oh, and Level 5 is now unlocked.


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