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Album Release

Ryan Lerman’s album now on iTunes

Ben’s bassist Ryan Lerman, who has been releasing his musical creations one by one on channels such as YouTube, has put them all together into an album now available on Apple’s  iTunes Music Service. The seven tracks (more…)

Retrospective compilation in the works

Updated (see below)

Ben’s been talking about his latest recording project, a retrospective 3-volume set spanning his musical career. Each disc of the three-disc set, to be released on Sony’s Legacy label, will be of a different theme: one a historical “best of” for newer fans, one a live compilation, and the third, undoubtedly the most desirable, (more…)

Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue cover artBen’s newest opus, Lonely Avenue, drops September 28 on Nonesuch Records. Departing from the Sony/Epic label that he’s been with since the second Ben Folds Five record, Whatever and Ever Amen, the album represents a collaboration between Folds and the author Nick Hornby, who penned the lyrics, to which Ben wrote music. String arrangements are by well-known pop arranger Paul Buckmaster, who also arranged for Elton John, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen. The album has been sequenced and mastered, specifically as a work to be listened to in the LP format (two-sided, approximately 25 minute sets) and will be released in a variety of formats including audiophile vinyl LP (mastered at Abbey Road Studios and pressed in Germany at Pallas Manufacturing) and CD in addition to the now customary digital downloads, plus there will be a special edition including four short stories written by Hornby. And, Ben confirms that there will be a tour. Read the press release and more at the Nonesuch Records site.

Vinyl release planned

As with some recent releases, Ben is looking into pressing the Hornby album in vinyl LP versions as well. Undecided but being contemplated are 33RPM and 45RPM versions spanning multiple discs, as well as heavy-weight vinyl, which some say improves quality if pressed correctly.

Chicago audiences get album preview

Ben reports he’ll be playing the new album, a couple tracks at a time, for the audiences at the shows at the Vic Theatre in Chicago this week (April 19, 20 and 21). Two tracks will be played before and two after each show over the sound system, so over three nights all 12 tracks in sequence will be played. (In order to hear all 12, you’d need to attend all 3 shows.)