Title of the new album announced!

The following statement was released today by Mekong Delta’s main man, Ralf Hubert…

Hallo an Alle,

German 

1. zum neuen Album 

ja, das hat diesmal wirklich lange gedauert mit den Aufnahmen, war dann vom spieltechnischen weit komplizierter als ich gedacht hatte. Und da ich nicht zu den Menschen gehöre, die jeden noch so kleinen Schritt mailen, gibt es auch erst jetzt was zu berichten, Denn … Gitarre, Bass und Drum recording sind abgeschlossen und die die Pilot Vocals sind auch fertig. Hatte zwischendurch schon mal den Eindruck, dass ich es diesmal zu weit getriben hätte ( habe für den Bass zB. nahezu 3 Wochen gebraucht ). Aber auf meine Mitmusiker ist verlass, wenn was nicht geht, wird so lange geübt bis es halt geht. Den Titel kann ich Euch nun auch sagen, wir haben uns auf  “Tales of a Future Past” geinigt. Wie gehts nun weiter ? Wie es aussieht, werden die richtigen Vocals bis Mitte nächsten Monat abgeschlossen sein, so dass der Release für den August geplant ist.

2. CD backprogramm

Da die CDs bis auf 2 Titel mal wieder alle ausverkauft waren, musste ich mir überlegen, ob ich von allen noch einmal eine Neuaflage mache, was man sich angesichts der überall gratis zu bekommenden Downloads gut überlegen muss. Glücklicherweise wurde mir diese Entscheidung abgenommen, da mich ein befreundetest Label fragte, ob Sie das
Backprogramm als Digibook veröffentlichen könnten. Da ich bereits sehr positive Erfahrungen mit anderen alten Releases hatte, stimmte ich dem zu, zu mal ich mich sonst während der Aufnahmen zum neuen Album auch noch darum hätte kümmern müssen. So, und nun habe ich es hier, das Digibook vom ersten Album, mehrseitig und mit dem Originalmaster von dem auch das Vinyl re – release gemacht wurde. Normalerweise bin ich sehr vorsichtig mit Superlativen, aber was ich hier in der Hand halte, ist neben dem Vinyl optisch das wohl beste was je gemacht wurde. Wie üblich
habe ich ein kleines Kontingent für die Fans bestellt, wer also Interresse hat, bitte unter merchandising mailadresse melden. “E. Zann” ist ebenfalls in der Vorbereitung, das Grafik Layout hab ich heute morgen freigegeben.

So, bis denne, wird diemal nich so lange dauern,

Grüsse,

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta

English

1. new album 

yes, this time really took a long time with the recordings, from the technical side of playing it was was far more complicated than I thought. And since I do not belong to those people, who like to bother you with every little one Step through email, there is only now something to report, because … guitar, bass and drum recording are complete and the pilot vocals are done, too. Had in between times the impression that I went to far this time (the bass recordings, for example, almost needed 3 weeks). But I can rely on my fellow musicians. If something does not work, it is practiced until it works. I can tell you the the album title now also, we are up for “Tales of a Future Past“. What’s next so ? It looks like the final vocals will be done in the middle of next Month, so the release is scheduled for August.

2. cd back catalog

Since the CDs were all sold out except for two titles, I had to think about whether I should repress them all, what you have to think well considering the free downloads everywhere. Fortunately, this decision was taken away from me because a friend label asked me if I would agree if they repress the back catalog as Digibook. Since I already have very positive experiences with other old releases they made I agreed. So, and now I got it here, the Digibook from the first album, multilateral and with the original master which was used also for the vinyl re – release. Usually I am very careful with superlatives, but what I hold here in my hand is next to the vinyl optically the best thing ever made of this. As usual I have ordered a small contingent for the fans, so if you have interest, please contact me at the merchandising e-mail address. “E. Zann” is also in preparation, I released the graphic layout this morning.

Thats all for now, regards

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta


New album in progress…

Yesterday a lot of fans (including myself) received an e-mail from Ralf. Here is his official statement:

German :

Mekong Delta hat mit den Aufnahmen für ihr neues Album begonnen, geplanter release date ist Anfang 2019. Unterstützung bei den Gitarren kommt von Peter Lake (ex-Theory in Practice), der bereits auf dem Album “Lurking Fear” (2007) mit Ralf Hubert zusammen gearbeitet hat. Weitere Infos folgen.

English :

Mekong Delta has started the recording of their new album, release date is planned for early 2019. Peter Lake (ex-Theory in Practice), who already worked together with Ralf Hubert on the “Lurking Fear” album (2007), joins in again for guitar support. More info will follow.

This will be the follow-up of Mekong Delta’s “In The Mirror Darkly”, which was released in 2014.

~Devoraz~


“Kaleidoscope”-vinyl is coming…

For English, see below

Hallo an Alle,

das 5te Mekong Delta release auf Vinyl, “Kaleidoscope”( das erste von Mekong Delta direkt ), wird in
ca. 2 Wochen zuerst für Fans erhältlich sein, als 140g vinyl im 3mm Cover mit bedruckter b/w Innenhülle.
Da das Cover im Laufe der Jahre durch die zahlreichem CD Wiederveröffentlichungen immer weiter vom
Original abwich – die Violine war zum Beispile rechts beschniten -, wurde sehr viel Zeit damit verbracht,
dass original Gemälde des Covers zu restaurieren, um es für das vinyl re – release verwenden zu können.
Viele verlorene Details sind nun wieder sichtbar, insgesamt unterscheidet es sich doch erheblich von
den CD Covern der letzen Jahre. Ferner wurde als Audio Basis die Original CD verwendet, durch die
zahlreichen CD Releases ahtten sich im Glasmaster digital Fehler eingeschlichen, die auf der LP
nicht vorhanden sind.

Da das Vinyl re – release wieder limitiert sein wird, wäre es gut, wenn die unter Euch, die Interresse daran
haben, sich im Vorfeld einmal kurz melden, so dass ich eine entsprechende Anzahl reservieren kann. Neben
dem normalen Album sind auch wieder signierte Whitelabel möglich ( die gibt es bereits Ende der Woche ).
Bei Interresse, bitte bei mir melden.

Beste Grüsse,

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta

English :

Hello to all of you,

the 5th Mekong Delta release on Vinyl, “Kaleidoscope”( the first one direct from Mekong Delta ), will be
available for fans first in about 2 weeks, as 140g vinyl in 3mm sleeve with an b/w printed innersleeve.
As the CD cover, caused by all the re – releases, is far away from the original Cover ( the violin is cutted
on the right for example ), we spent a lot of time in restaurating the original painting so that we can use
it for this vinyl release. A lot of Details are visible again now, its quite different from the CD covers used
over the years. Further more we used the original audio CD as base for the master, as through all the
CD replications over the years, the glassmaster got some digital errors which will not be on the LP.

As this vinyl re – release will be a limited again, those of you who are interrested  should drop me a mail
so that I can reserve a copy. Beside the normal album orders for signed whitelabels are possible again.
Those will be available starting next week.

Best regards,

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta


It’s been a while…

Yes, yes, I know. It’s been a while since you heard from me and/or the band. The last time, before all the re-releases, we spoke about the “Suits and Fragments” album. Well… there’s good news and bad news.

The good news is, it’s going well with the collection of songs for the “Suits and Fragments”-album. The bad news is, it has been postponed yet again.

Since working on that album gave Ralf so much new stuff he has decided to start working on a new album first. There are no concrete songs made at this moment. Ralf is working on a musical draft which he hopes to finish this month. After that the actual writing and composing can start, so there is a new album in the making but it will take probably the rest of this year. Of course we will try to keep you up to date with the progress made.

MEKONG DELTA will also start to organize their own tour, since playing only once every two months isn’t very economic. It costs too much just to do one gig, so they’re looking for venues to play more than once or more venues in a general area. If you can provide us with venues for MEKONG DELTA to play meeting these conditions, please let us know. Your input is greatly appreciated.

…and there will be a re-release of the ‘Kaleidoscope’-album on vinyl. The original plan was to do only the first 4 albums, but Ralf decided to do the Kaleidoscope album as well. Keep an eye out on the website to find out when this is going to be released. Due to the rising costs to make vinyl albums, this re-release will be either 140 grams (in stead of the 180 grams like the other 4) or € 1,– on top of the previous price.


Re-release ‘Dances of Death (and other walking shadows)’

OK, the fourth album is also ready for a limited re-release. I received an e-mail from him a week ago. Here’s Ralf’s anouncement:

Hello to all of you,

the 4th Mekong Delta re – release on Vinyl, “Dances of Death”, will be available for fans first
in about 2 weeks, again as 180g vinyl in 3mm sleeve with an b/w printed innersleeve. As the CD cover,
caused by all the re – releases, is far away from the original Cover, we spent a lot of time in restaurating
the original painting so that we can use it for this vinyl re – release. A lot of Details are visible again now,
its quite different from the CD covers used over the years.

As this vinyl re – release will be a limited again, those of you who are interrested  should drop me a mail
so that I can reserve a copy. Beside the normal album orders for signed whitelabels
are possible again. Those will be available starting end of this week.

Best regards,

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta

So in about a week the re-release will be available.


Site make-over

Since I’m always busy with other things, like my radio show, recording and mixing music for a couple of friends, and lots of other stuff I like doing in my spare time, I sometimes forget to maintain this website. Hopefully that’s going to change. I’m gonna make myself a promise to spent some time on the website at least once a week. There for I’m also gonna do a make-over of the website. I never was quite happy with the last ‘look’ of the site, so changes are going to be made both in appearance and functionality. The way the site looks now is not the final product. Still figuring out what works best. If you have any suggestions for the website, you’re welcome to contact me.


Re-release of ‘The Principle Of Doubt’

News from MEKONG DELTA. The third re-release on vinyl is on its way.

Hello to all of you,

the third Mekong Delta re – release on Vinyl, “The Principle of Doubt”, will be available as usual for fans first
next week ( official release 29.04 ), again as 180g vinyl in 3mm sleeve with an printed b/w innersleeve.

As this vinyl re – release will be a limited again, those of you who are interrested  should drop me a mail
during the next days so that I can reserve a copy. Beside the normal album orders for signed whitelabels
will be possible again.

Best regards,

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta

You can pre-order now by using the ‘VINYL’ button in the top bar.

Please indicate whether you would like the signed white-label test pressing or the regular limited edition with normal artwork.


MEKONG DELTA fact sheet

Another big fan of MEKONG DELTA has put a lot of effort in creating a fact sheet, containing everything you want to know about official and unofficial releases, facts, trivia, past tour dates and merchandise. Manuel Schulz has been working on this since 2007 and has checked this with Ralf Hubert himself. It’s always possible some things are missing, since Ralf, Manuel and myself can’t remember or know everything. If you think you have something to contribute (be sure to include some sort of evidence, like pictures or links), you can contact me through the website.

Check out Manuel Schulz his fact sheet here: http://mekongdelta.manuel-schulz.com/


Re-Release ‘The Music Of Erich Zann’

I received the following note from MEKONG DELTA.

Hello to all of you,

the 2nd Mekong Delta re – release on Vinyl, “The Music of Erich Zann”, will be available for fans first
in about 4 weeks, again as 180g vinyl in 3mm sleeve with an b/w printed innersleeve. As the CD cover,
caused by all the re – releases, is far away from the original Cover, we spent a lot of time in restaurating
the original oil painting so that we can use it for this vinyl re – release. A lot of Details are visible again now,
its quite different from the CD cover used over the years ( decades ) so that we already got requests for
an t-shirt release.

As this vinyl re – release will be a limited again, those of you who are interrested should drop me a mail
during the next 2 weeks so that I can reserve a copy. Beside the normal album orders for signed whitelabels
are possible again.

If you are interrested in Holy Moses Vinyl, got some copies of “Queen of Siam” & “Finished with the Dogs”
out of a license deal, they can be ordered directly through our mail address.

Best regards,

Ralf Hubert / Mekong Delta

If you’re interested, the e-mail address for ordering is:

E-mail address

 

 

(Please remember to specify whether you would like the normal re-release or a signed whitelabel (as long as available))


Re-releases

OK, the re-releases are the greatest concern for MEKONG DELTA at the moment. As you probably know, the first 4 albums are being reprint and re-released in a limited amount. As we speak, the first album (‘Mekong Delta’) is available and the second album (‘The Music Of Erich Zann’) is currently in production. The problem is the following. The original artwork for the first albums has been either destroyed or heavily damaged. Since Ralf wants his re-releases to be (almost) perfect, some work has to be done to restore the artwork. This is the first reason the work on the album containing ‘Suite’ and ‘Five Fragments’ has been postponed. The second reason is that Ralf found himself changing to much of the parts of the ‘Suite’ composition (which was NOT his intention), so he needed to take his distance from the work and let it settle. So, things are progressing but have a little patience. In the end it’s worth your wait!


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