The third release “Solid Book of Rock” an Exclusive Edition with a FRAMABLE PRINT of the front cover painting, SIGNED BY BIFF BYFORD himself and is limited to just 500 copies.
Includes all nine studio albums from 1991 to 2009 with eight bonus tracks and two bonus CDs – “Classics Re-Recorded” originally issued with the initial pressings of “Killing Ground”, and “Lionheart – rough studio mix” originally issued on the 2006 limited edition. Also includes three bonus DVDs – the limited edition DVDs originally released with “Lionheart”, “The Inner Sanctum” and “Into The Labyrinth”.
Beautifully house in a 24 page 12″ x 12″ booklet with all the lyrics and credits, plus photos.
CD1 – Solid Ball Of Rock
CD2 – Forever Free
CD3 – Dogs Of War
CD4 – Unleash The Beast
CD5 – Metalhead
CD6 – Killing Ground
CD7 – Classics Re-Recorded (Bonus CD)
CD8 – Lionheart
CD9 – Lionheart Studio Audio – Rough Mix [Bonus CD]
CD10 – The Inner Sanctum
CD11 – Into The Labyrinth
DVD1 – Lionheart DVD
DVD2 – The Inner Sanctum DVD – “A Night Out With The Boys”
DVD3 – Into The Labyrinth DVD (“Perceval” – Biff plays King Arthur in this Spanish film, directed by Pablo Aragues Millan. “Let There Be Light” – documentary about the live staging and lighting. Audio interview with Biff Byford – Biff talks about the songs on“Into The Labyrinth”)
I of course purchased one of each to add to my collection.
The second release “The Vinyl Hoard” an eight album vinyl Box set, made up of four 2 LP sets in gatefold sleeves. This is the first release on vinyl for all of these live recordings, previously only released on CD or DVD. Now on on 180 gram gold vinyl, all in specially designed gatefold sleeves.
THE BOX CONTAINS:
THE DOGS OF WAR TOUR, 1995 (Recorded on tour in Germany)
[Previously issued on CD as “The Eagle Has Landed Part II”]
THE LIONHEART TOUR, 2004 (Recorded on tour in France, England and Germany)
[Previously issued on “The Eagle Has Landed Part III”]
A NIGHT OUT WITH THE BOYS, 2005: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NWOBHM (Recorded on tour in Germany and Sweden)
[Previously issued on “The Eagle Has Landed Part III”
SAXON BOX SETS
Well I’ve finally given myself a few moments to reflect on the Saxon box sets released by Demon music.
As an avid collector of Rock and Metal owning many original album covers, bespoke guitars, photography, books and a growing collection of vinyl I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create Covers for three box sets for Saxon. I’ve had the pleasure of painting several covers for the band Fourteen in fact until Demon music came knocking making it seventeen. Saxon’s latest Studio album which is still a work in progress will make it making it eighteen
Back to Demon: The first the box set “Eagles and Dragons” contained all of Saxon’s classic studio albums released between 1991 and 2009.
LP1 – Solid Ball Of Rock
LP2 – Forever Free
LP3 – Dogs Of War
LP4 – Unleash The Beast
LP5 – Metalhead
LP6 – Killing Ground
LP7 – Lionheart
LP8 – The Inner Sanctum
LP9 – Into The Labyrinth
After paying a visit to my good friend Biff Byford Saxon’s indomitable singer I was delighted to be presented with their latest album “Battering Ram” my thirteenth cover for the band. On my journey back to my studio I played the album three times. The title track created a powerful image as did the Devil’s footprint and Queen of Hearts but the track that had the most impact for me was Kingdom of the Cross it reminded me of my Father albeit his nightmare was the second world war.
“Battalion” my third cover for the band and once again a great pleasure to work with. The original artwork will be on display at this year’s Bloodstock festival in the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery. Battalion will also be playing the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Saturday.
Well the dust has settled over another awsome Bloodstock and I'm now back in my studio working on my next projects. This will include the completion of Mordor Festival, the 120 x 72 inches (183 x 305 cms) canvas exhibited unfinished at this year's inaugral Ram Gallery exhibition.I was a little concerned about exhibiting an unfinished work but given the reaction I'm glad I did, the completed work will be shown again at the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery at Bloodstock in 2015.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who visited the gallery showing their support over the festival weekend. Seems it wasn't such a mad idea after all. It's my intention next year to develop the gallery even further.
Some time ago Kate purchased one of my Tolkien inspired works The Fall of Boromir Not long after I had a phone call from Kate asking would I like to go to her thirtieth birthday party, of course I said YES. Kate later decided to commision a painting, this was a landscape and within the landscape she said she would like a hare. Her idea was to have the hare outside of the canvas as part of the frame, something I wish I'd done and now of course could with the collaboration of master framers John Davies framers the craftsmen responsible for all of my Tolkien inspired frames including the latest designed by me for The Falls of Esgalduin.
After the completion of the new work titled The Anduin again inspired by Tolkien, I decided to create a still life incorporating an image of Kate from a signed photo she gave me. I also added some old maps from Tolkien's fictional universe. I sold the original, something I now regret, so decided to create a signed limited edition of only 300 copies worldwide. The edition is now available to purchase from my shop but for now here's a look at the painting which was created using my preferred medium, oil on canvas.
Framed size 58 x 63 cm approx 23 x 25 inches. Mounted ready for framing.
Each edition will be signed and numbered by the artist and carry a letter of Authenticity.
This large Triptych was inspired by The Silmarillion and has been a work in progress for many months.Finally the bespoke frame arrived and is now hanging in my studio along with the paintings.
The frame was designed by me but created by the master carvers at John Davies Framers workshop.The painting is due for exhibition along with several other works by me in 2014.
Having spent several years producing large canvases based on Tolkien’s epic tales, it was decided my next painting should be time lapsed for posterity. The canvas I will be working on is: 72 x 120 inches (183 x 305 cms), this will take a few months to complete so for me it’s an exciting opportunity to see my work evolve over a shorter time via time lapse.
This venture will form part of a documentary currently being filmed, which will cover my artwork on Tolkien, Album covers and festival www.bloodstock.uk.com
The image above shows me preparing the canvas.