RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY - "MISFITS" DELUXE REMASTERED EDITION
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (16-bit WAVs, 256kbps MP3s, graphics) $9.99:
NTSC DVD (contains the remastered album, an acoustic companion album, four videos, and one live video bootleg) $16.99 w/free shipping:
1. A SONG NEVER SUNG / 2.MISFITS / 3. YOU’RE ALRIGHT / 4. BY MY SIDE / 5. TALK TALK / 6. WELL I DO / 7. THE POWER OF GET BY
8. THREE ANGELS IN HELL / 9. SOMETHING IN THE AIR / 10. ROCK AND ROLL / 11. MISFITS (EPILOGUE) / 12. GOOD NIGHT
13. MISFITS (UNPLUGGED MIX)
written, performed, recorded and mixed by Tim Casey, Glenn Williams, and Eliud Herrera
DVD disc includes the new remaster of the album, the first release of "Random Access Memory: Four Videos" on DVD,
a remastered version of the acoustic album "Random Access Memory: Unplugged and Unhinged",
and an unbelievable bootleg video of Random Access Memory rocking out at the Midway Cafe that you need to see, if only once!
Random Access Memory, live performances, 1999-2000:
Tim Casey: vocals, guitars, keyboards / Glenn Williams: vocals, guitars, keyboards
Eliud Herrera: vocals, piano, keyboards, nylon guitar / Mr. Curt: guitar / Rob Norberg: drums
Perhaps Random Access Memory's finest hour, this album was recorded in 1999 by the Casey and Williams (and Herrera) trio. After completing the album, Rob Norberg offered to play drums with us and Mr. Curt joined in as a guitarist, so the name "Random Access Memory" was chosen out of thousands since the "Casey and Williams" moniker no longer was appropriate.
This album was recorded on a Roland VS880 hard disk portastudio, which was state-of-the-art for home studio recording at the time (computers weren’t quite fast enough yet to record and playback multitrack audio). The CD master was also done on the VS880; we’d mix each song to a 16-bit DAT tape and then transfer that tape back to the VS880, where we’d sequence the album, trim the beginnings and ends of the songs and put fades on them where needed, and then burn a CD onto a SCSI drive. That CD was the master used to replicate the original CD run of this album.
The drawback, from an audiophile’s viewpoint, was that the VS880 colored the sound, so the final CD had two “layers” of this coloring on it. It sounded a bit grainy. On top of that, I wasn’t very good at mastering at that stage in my life.
This remastered version sources the original mixes that were recorded to DAT before they were transferred back to the VS880, so there's one less layer of VS880 on the sound. As a result, it sounds much cleaner and much more detailed than the previous master. As a bonus, I included a mix of “Misfits” which I discovered on the DAT tape of just the two acoustic guitars, the bass, and the vocals. I don’t know why I did that mix, but I’m glad to have it - the original multitracks for this album no longer exist.
I hope you enjoy “Misfits” as much as I do. It is a remarkable album.
- Tim Casey, 2015
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