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From melodicrock.com:

For the last 12 months I have been working on a legacy box set for the late, great BRETT WALKER.

Titled ‘Last Parade’ (after one of the unreleased tracks), the special limited-edition package is set to pay tribute to one of the great songwriters of this genre and is scheduled for release in November via MelodicRock Records.

Brett tragically and suddenly passed away in July 2013, with a special tribute paid to him by his band and wife at MRF3.

I kept in touch, recalling various conversations I had with Brett about releasing his Person To Person songs and some of his unreleased demos, which collectors had been trading for some years.

Brett’s wife Sheron and I agreed to look at what was available and see what could be done. Brett’s entire DAT collection was sent to me to digitize, which lead to an extraordinary discovery.

Over no less than 47 DATs, it became evident that Brett was sitting on a treasure trove of unreleased material. I was blown away at the quality and the brilliance of these songs, with a cross-reference of styles present from throughout Brett’s career.

Some of the older unreleased material will rival the classic ‘Nevertheless’ album for melodic rock brilliance. Fans of all eras will in fact, be blown away I’m sure.

‘Last Parade’ is the most complex project I’ve ever put together, mainly because of the vast number of songs. At last count there was 174 song files in the “Work In Progress” folder. There were at least 2 versions of almost every track on the DATs and sometimes 5 or even 6! Some are from all different mixes, others various audio quality and some completely different versions of known songs. JK Northrup has been busy mastering and remastering for the past several months!

Either way...hours and hours of listening time and so many amazing songs.

This post is also an open invitation for those that personally knew Brett or were just big fans of Brett to submit some text for the accompanying booklet.

If you’d like to pay tribute to Brett or write some good memories, please do so by August 15 via email (ajm@melodicrock.com)

Please share this info if you know someone that would be interested.

Long may Brett’s music live on.

 

 

 

 

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Both tracks sound pretty good.  It seems like quite the undertaking to go through everything.  Nevertheless was a really good album, especially in the context of when it was released.  I look forward to having the chance to hear more of his unreleased work, especially from those early years.

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I liked Walker's early stuff... Kind of a Danny Wilde meets Brett Michaels solo thing going on (for me). 

I wish "Nevertheless" had more electric guitar, gang-backing vocals and some sugary-sweet production (ala Blue Tears).  It could have been a really special album.

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Track list revealed. From melodicrock.com:

BRETT WALKER ‘Last Parade’ is an historic release - a box set of the late, great singer/songwriter’s career – with a difference.

Almost the entire box set is unreleased, never before heard material.

The tracks you do recognise are mostly in a different form. Ballad versions or rockers; instrumental pieces; alt-mixes; heavier guitar versions…you name it!

For the rest of the unreleased tracks, this set is a veritable treasure trove of classic BRETT WALKER, representing his various career paths – AOR, melodic rock, midwestern, acoustic – anthems, ballads and those classic singalong songs only Brett Walker can do.

For the first time, MRR is excited to announce the details of BRETT WALKER ‘Last Parade’ Box Set.

‘Last Parade’ will be a 6-disc box set (exact design TBC). The set will be priced at $99(includes shipping, airmail worldwide)

‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide and will not be re-pressed.

Pre-orders will be available THIS WEEK.

Those that do pre-order will receive a download of another full disc worth of audio that couldn’t fit or wasn’t quite suitable due to audio quality.

 

BRETT WALKER – “Last Parade” BOX SET TRACK LISTING
 
The Early Demos (Quality Varies Throughout)
 
01. Crossroads Motel (91-93 Demo)
02. Don’t Say Goodnight (Early Demo)
03. Better Than Goodbye (Early Demo)
04. Big Electric City (91-93 Demo)
05. Bad Time For Goodbye (Early Demo)
06. Hard To Find An Easy Way (91-93 Demo)
07. I’ll Be Seeing You Around (Early Demo)
08. Take Me Home (Early Demo)
09. No Sense In Falling (91-93 Demo)
10. More Than A Memory (91-93 Demo)
11. I’ll Never Be The Same (91-93 Demo)
12. One Foot In Heaven (Early Demo)
13. Never Gave Roses (Early Demo)
14. She Don’t Live Here Anymore (91-93 Demo)
15. Waiting For Love (Original Demo)
16. After The Tears Have Gone (Early Demo)
 
Album Cuts – The Alt Mixes/Alt Versions
 
01. Hard To Find An Easy Way (Early Solo Version)
02. It’s A Good Thing (Rock Mix)
03. Bad Time For Goodbye (Alt Mix)
04. American Dreamer (Rock Version)
05. Rain Dance (Rock Mix)
06. Everything I Want To Do (Piano Ballad Version)
07. Bring Back The Night (Alt Mix)
08. Long Way Down (Rock Mix)
09. Can’t Stay Too Long (Alt Mix)
10. Drown In Your Ocean (Edited Version)
11. Give A Little (Alt Mix)
12. Give Me Back Tomorrow (Solo Acoustic Version)
13. Rain Dance (Acoustic AOR Version)
14. Someday I’m Going To Be Famous (Original Demo)
15. Take Me Home (Raw Demo)
16. Better Than Goodbye (Rock Version)
17. Quicksand (Alt Mix)
 
Person To Person – The Complete Original Recordings
 
01. Undercover Lover (Brian Jones/Brett Walker Vocals)
02. Never Be The Same (Brian Jones/Brett Walker Vocals)
03. Lecia
04. Careless Nights
05. Hard To Find An Easy Way
06. No Shortcut To Paradise
07. Far Cry From Love
08. Waiting For Love
09. I’ll Never Be The Same
10. No Sense In Falling (Extended)
11. One Night Away
12. No Fire Without You (Keyboard Mix)
13. Outta Site
14. Eye For Love
15. More Than A Memory
16. Undercover Lover (Live)
17. Waiting For Your Love (Live)
18. Burning In The 3rd Degree (Live)
 
The Unreleased Archives – Vol. 1 – The AOR Anthems
 
01. Still A Dream Away (Demo Version)
02. Branded
03. Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of
04. Don’t Turn Out The Lights (Brett Vocals; Guitar Mix)
05. After The Tears Have Gone
06. I’ll Be Seeing You Around
07. A Far Cry From Love (Faster Version)
08. Higher Ground
09. Who’s Gonna Be In Tears
10. So Close And Yet So Far Away
11. Heaven Stops The Rain
12. In This Crazy World
13. Still A World Away
14. One Foot In Heaven
15. On The Train Again
16. Countless
17. Last Parade
 
The Unreleased Archives – Vol. 2 – More Anthems & Guest Spots
 
01. Always A Place
02. A Little Too Late
03. Fools Paradise
04. Heaven Only Knows
05. Wrong Side Of Love
06. Not About To Give In
07. All I Need Tonight (Guitar Mix)
08. Take Me To The River (Heavy Version)
09. No Reasons Of The Heart
10. Silver And Gold
11. Bring You To Life
12. Hard To Leave (Demo; Carl Dixon Vocal)
13. Don’t Turn Out The Lights (Demo; Carl Dixon Vocal)
14. She’s A Touch Like You (Carl Dixon Vocal)
15. A Taste Of Love (Demo; Carl Dixon Vocal)
16. More Than A Memory (Carl Dixon Vocal)
17. One Good Reason (Carl Dixon Vocal)
18. Don’t Turn Out The Lights (Michelle Rohl Vocal)
 
The Unreleased Archives – Vol. 3 – The Midwestern Moods
 
01. Steady Love On Shaky Ground
02. I Know You’re Still Around
03. The World
04. Hit The Dream
05. Believe Me
06. Never Too Late
07. Good Enough (from Rock For Japan Comp)
08. Hard To Break
09. Catchin’ On (from SJV Sessions)
10. Alright By Me (from SJV Sessions)
11. Rights To Yesterday (from SJV Sessions)
12. Living On The Moon
13. Wherever
14. Photographic Life
15. Shine
16. Stranger In Town
17. Feels Like Forever
 
Pre-Order Exclusives - Digital Bonus Tracks
At least one additional disc worth of  extra tracks – several instrumental versions of known songs; a few more unreleased demos and some alt mixes that were sonically not up to the standard needed (due to the deterioration of old source tapes)

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