I’m excited to announce that ‘Return To Wine Dark Sea‘ is now available as a jewel case CD.

Amongst the great feedback I’ve had since the initial release of the album, I’ve received a surprising number of enquiries from people asking about this option. It seems many music lovers remain passionate about their old/existing CD collections and want to be able to add a CD that fits into their existing rack system.

Naturally, my first choice in releasing the album was to go the environmentally friendly route of simple packaging with a card case. I’ve been very happy with that choice, especially because it means the postage and packaging is less costly and this card case pressing will continue to be available here.

However, if you would like to add the jewel case CD of Return To Wine Dark Sea to your collection you can now purchase it here.

Return To Wine Dark Sea jewel case CD

The recent CD release of ‘Return To Wine Dark Sea‘ has generated some wonderful feedback so far and I’m very grateful that people have taken the time to write and let me know how much they are enjoying it. Some of them, it seems, even attended the original Orchestral World Premiere back in 1983!

I’ve also been asked when a Digital Download of the new album might be available because some fans no longer have a CD collection. The good news is that it’s just gone live on the Bandcamp store.

Digital download Return To Wine Dark Sea

Return To Wine Dark Sea

You can select individual tracks or the complete album, listen for free on live streaming or pay if you want your very own digital download. NOTE: You also get the option of a high quality, lossless format FLAC file which I know many digital music collectors love to experience. The huge dynamic range of the album certainly makes this format very appealing as a download.

One of the most popular tracks so far seems to be ‘DREAMS OF OLD‘.

Dreams of Old in Digital Store

Here is a photo of me working on the track in my studio.

Stephen Caudel in the recording studio

The Digital Store of course also offers downloads of my other recordings released on Dark Sea Records (my own independent label).  So please feel free to browse and check out tracks that you may have never heard.

Digital Store Main Page

Today I have some of the most exciting news I have ever shared about my music. It’s a project which has been almost 40 years in the making!

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The Story Of Return To Wine Dark Sea

Wine Dark Sea World Premiere at the Victoria PalaceMany people first became aware of my music through my first album Wine Dark Sea back in 1986.

For anyone who doesn’t know the story, I originally composed Wine Dark Sea as an orchestral work featuring guitar – a sort of Guitar Symphony.

It was premiered at the Victoria Palace in London in 1983 with my good friend the late Louis Clark conducting the orchestra. We also had a full rock section plus myself on both classical and electric rock guitars.

Billboard review of Wine Dark Sea by Stephen CaudelA few years later I was offered a record deal to make an album of the piece but it was on a tight budget. So, I took the bare essentials of the orchestral score and performed all the parts myself on guitars and keyboards along with a Linn drum machine (state of the art at the time!). The album received good reviews and was even recommended to chart in Billboard magazine.

Even so, I was left with an overriding feeling that I had not fully realised my original vision. So I then revised and expanded the original score which took me 9 months, hoping that one day I might be able to get it recorded.

Recording Return To Wine Dark Sea

In recent years, I have set up a new recording studio and learned to use the latest computer technology – a far cry from my first recording days working on a TEAC 4 track reel to reel machine! My new set up has proved to be an incredible game changer, because for the first time, I have had the opportunity to record my revised score in its entirety.

Here is a clip of me working on ‘Dreams Of Old‘ in my studio.

Alongside classical and electric guitars, I have played every other individual music part – up to 100 orchestral parts in some sections – thanks to the wonderful library of orchestral samples that I have been able to build.

CD cover of Return To Wine Dark SeaIt is now 3 years since I started work on the recording but it is now complete. As a solo project I knew it would be a challenging and long journey. It has been all of that – and more – but so worthwhile!

The result is what I had originally envisioned all those years ago, with the emotive power and the nuances I always wanted to hear.

I hope you enjoy the music and that it helps lift your spirits in these strange and difficult times.

Best wishes,

Listen to extracts from Return To Wine Dark Sea

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