Following delays to a May 1st release date, last we heard The Tomb Raider Suite album was slated to arrive this month. However, composer Nathan McCree announces further delays to the project much to the dismay of Kickstarter benefactors, citing the commencement of manufacturing today. The digital download was previously indicated to be (possibly) released prior to August, however, this has also been delayed due to a lack of distribution method:
"I am very happy to tell you that we have finally gone into our manufacturing phase of the project... The artwork for the front and back covers of the Jewel Case CD, Deluxe Tin CD and Vinyl, along with the 16-page booklet, is now finalised and ready for printing... After a considerable amount of research and fact finding we now believe we have the right solution to be able to distribute the Digital Download to you all in a couple of weeks’ time. We will most likely do this via our website... To honour the support you have shown us in backing this project, we are planning on giving the Digital Download to our backers first, a couple of days before our main retail digital release." - Nathan McCree
The Tomb Raider Suite project consists of the promised album of re-recordings of further embellished material from Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III (1998), a feature documentary Tomb Raider: Remastered as well as the Tomb Raider - Live in Concert show scheduled for its second performance ever at the London Royal Festival Hall, Monday 17th September, 2018. Full update below.
Another month has gone by, so it’s time for another Update.
I am very happy to tell you that we have finally gone into our manufacturing phase of the project.
Having finalised all the artwork for the printed merchandise, the orders were placed and printing is now done. I am planning a trip to the UK very shortly to sign the posters, programmes etc and we will be shipping to you hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
With all the artwork ready, we are very close to finalising the right T-shirt supplier, so those too should be printed and ready to ship within about 14 days.
The artwork for the front and back covers of the Jewel Case CD, Deluxe Tin CD and Vinyl, along with the 16-page booklet, is now finalised and ready for printing. We will be placing orders in the next day or two.
After a considerable amount of research and fact finding we now believe we have the right solution to be able to distribute the Digital Download to you all in a couple of weeks’ time. We will most likely do this via our website. There is still some implementation to be done, and our web-hosting service needs a bandwidth boost in order to allow us to deliver such a large amount of data in just a few days. But everything is in-hand and is coming together nicely.
To honour the support you have shown us in backing this project, we are planning on giving the Digital Download to our backers first, a couple of days before our main retail digital release, which we hope will synchronise with our first radio airplay on Classic FM in the UK.
So not long to go now folks!
Having filmed almost all of our material now, we are pushing forward into the next phase – editing. We still have a few more interviews to film, which will be happening over the next few weeks, but basically we can start marking and gathering all the clips we want to use in the documentary. It will take about a month to go through all the footage we have shot, and then another month to piece it together, so we hope to have our first rough edit in a couple of months’ time.
We are pushing into this space steadily and surely. As you know we have our next live concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Monday 17th September. We are also in negotiations for another 2 shows in Australia, one at the Sydney Opera House and one in Melbourne (venue to be confirmed). I will update you more on this when we get some solid dates. We are also pushing to get the show into China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Again, I will share more information on this as things unfold. Our world tour is starting to look a reality!
Some of you have been asking me about the TR1, 2 & 3 Original Soundtrack (synth mix) releases, and the synth mix release of The Tomb Raider Suite. I have not forgotten about these and I will get to them. There is some work that needs doing, but not a huge amount, so we should be able to get both these albums released a few months after our main album release this month.
Recently I have been thinking about sharing more details about the inner workings of the company to those of you who may be interested. And so rather than spam all 2600+ of you, I thought about setting up a Patreon account, so those of you who want to follow the project in closer detail will be able to. Just a thought at the moment, so again as soon as there’s some movement in this area, I will let you know.
So that’s about it for now. We are nearly there everyone. Thank you all again for your patience, it is very much appreciated.