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    The Winter Tree release new album, "Topaz Islands Dreaming"

    Vermont, USA artrock band The Winter Tree have released their new album "Topaz Islands Dreaming". The album contains 10 deep-cut cover songs from Pink Floyd, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Prefab Sprout, and others.
    Along with the covers are 3 poems adapted to music by Andrew Laitres, including the W. B. Yeats classic, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"(featuring Nad Sylvan on vocals). Concluding the album is a 4 part, 26 minute new original ambient piece entitled "Topaz Islands".
    The album features guests from all over the world. Jacob Holm-Lupo contributed real Mellotron to the Moody Blues cover.
    To hear "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" :

    http://www.thewintertreeband.com/Song_Samples.html

    Track List:

    1) "60 Years On" - Elton John
    2) "Mother Nature's Son" - The Beatles
    3) "Looking For Atlantis" - Prefab Sprout
    4) "The Dawntreader" - Joni Mitchell
    5) "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"
    6) "That's The Way" - Led Zeppelin
    7) "Matilda Mother" - Pink Floyd
    8) "Isle of Islay" - Donovan
    9) "And the Tide Rushes In" - The Moody Blues
    10) "Fires
    11) "Nod"
    12 "Oh Sister" - Bob Dylan
    13) "Dream Ships Set Sail" - Bill Nelson
    14) "Topaz Islands"
    i) A World of It's Own
    ii) Paradox Island
    iii) Northern Waters
    iv) The Farthest Shore
    Last edited by the winter tree; 12-29-2018 at 06:51 AM.

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    This looks like a really interesting collection of covers and new material. My teenager might even be interested in it! (Donovan, Elton John, Yeats, Zeppelin, Floyd).

    Is it going to be on Bandcamp?

    Wow, Lake Isle of Inisfree is excellent, and Nad sounds great!

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    Thanks! This is just a limited run on CD as licensing really ups the cost. I won't be doing a digital release of the whole album, but I did do a digital EP of the 4 original songs a few months ago thru Cdbaby called "Topaz EP". It might be on Bandcamp as Cdbaby incorporates many different sites on their digital releases.
    It was a lot of fun working with Nad!

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    So far I can only find the EP on CDBaby - not the CD anywhere. I guess the CDs aren't actually out there just yet?

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    Greg Walker is my seller in the USA. I will be sending him some soon.I also deal with Garden Shed in Japan and mailed them their order yesterday. The CD is also available from my website (PayPal only):

    www.thewintertreeband.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    This looks like a really interesting collection of covers and new material. My teenager might even be interested in it! (Donovan, Elton John, Yeats, Zeppelin, Floyd).

    Is it going to be on Bandcamp?

    Wow, Lake Isle of Inisfree is excellent, and Nad sounds great!
    JKL, when you order, I highly recommend also picking up Andrew's last cd Mr Sun. I think it's his finest work to date(not including the new one, as I don't have it yet).
    It is so much more than just MR SUN with former vocalist with Tony Banks on Bankstatement, Alistar Gordon. The album is one of my wife's and mine favorite albums by an independent artist in 2018.
    It is deep and diverse and the guest musicians and vocalists are 5 star. The writing and music is superb.

    Quote Originally Posted by the winter tree View Post
    Greg Walker is my seller in the USA. I will be sending him some soon.I also deal with Garden Shed in Japan and mailed them their order yesterday. The CD is also available from my website (PayPal only):

    www.thewintertreeband.com
    Hi Andrew, just ordered direct from you via paypal. Hope ordering direct helps you keep more of a piece of the pie.
    Looking forward to this followup to Mr Sun which we listen to almost every weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    JKL, when you order, I highly recommend also picking up Andrew's last cd Mr Sun. I think it's his finest work to date(not including the new one, as I don't have it yet).
    It is so much more than just MR SUN with former vocalist with Tony Banks on Bankstatement, Alistar Gordon. The album is one of my wife's and mine favorite albums by an independent artist in 2018.
    It is deep and diverse and the guest musicians and vocalists are 5 star. The writing and music is superb.
    I already ordered the new one, but thanks for the recommendation. I guess I'll see what I think about this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    I already ordered the new one, but thanks for the recommendation. I guess I'll see what I think about this one.
    Soundcloud page: Open Window, musical meanderings https://soundcloud.com/precipice

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    I got your order Top Cat and I'll send it out tomorrow if the post office is open. Thank you for your kind words :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by the winter tree View Post
    I got your order Top Cat and I'll send it out tomorrow if the post office is open. Thank you for your kind words :-)
    Fantastic, thank you. Really looking forward to it, and a great way to kick off 2019.
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    Here's a link to the other song I did with Nad Sylvan, a cover of Elton John's "60 Years On":

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitres/01-60-years-on

    And my cover of Pink Floyd's "Matilda Mother":

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitre...mother_mix1222
    Last edited by the winter tree; 01-06-2019 at 02:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the winter tree View Post
    Here's a link to the other song I did with Nad Sylvan, a cover of Elton John's "60 Years On":

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitres/01-60-years-on

    And my cover of Pink Floyd's "Matilda Mother":

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitre...mother_mix1222
    Thank you for shipping the cd so quickly Andrew, it arrived Friday, just in time for Friday night music at our house. We had several albums arrive which had been ordered from Christmas, including the new Dave Kerzner In Continuum and a Remastered Pink Floyd's The Wall on 180g vinyl. So we only got halfway through it as we listened to one of your other cd's, The Best Of..first.
    Love what you and Nad did with 60 years On, it's one of my favorite EJ songs and up to the Ray Thomas Tide Rushes In song, so tonight we will listen to the rest of the cd.
    As I wrote to you, doing cover songs can be a bit risky because people have their favorites, but you manage to bring your unique character and style of writing and music to each song and make the The Winter Tree style and that's good. Once you quit comparing them to the original, they take on new life and again, I love the Winter Tree treatment.

    Keep doing what you're doing, the world needs soulful music and people like you sharing it.
    peace
    TC
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    Moody Blues cover featuring Jacob Holm-Lupo on Mellotron.

    https://soundcloud.com/andrew-laitre...tide-rushes-in

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    This looks interesting.

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    Just listened to the new The Winter Tree and I must say this is a real fine collection of covers and original material.

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