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Last Chance to Hear

by Ben Craven

Cinematic progressive-rock for the 21st century, featuring special guest vocalist William Shatner! Bonus DVD includes making-of featurette and video clips (NTSC region-free).
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Last Chance to Hear, Pt. 1
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2. Critical Mass, Pt. 1
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3. Critical Mass, Pt. 2
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4. Spy in the Sky, Pt. 2
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5. Spy in the Sky, Pt. 3 (feat. William Shatner)
8:23 $1.99
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6. The Remarkable Man
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7. Spy in the Sky, Pt. 1
4:47 $0.99
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8. Revenge of Dr. Komodo
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9. Last Chance to Hear, Pt. 2
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10. Mortal Remains
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Australian cinematic progressive-rock artist Ben Craven is releasing his highly anticipated third album "Last Chance To Hear". The new release features a guest appearance by iconic actor William Shatner.

Says Ben, "'Last Chance To Hear' is loosely inspired by the end of the music industry as we knew it. There's never been a time when so much new music was being made by so many people and being listened to by so few people. The concept of paying for new music is now alien to a lot of the audience. Digital downloads have made physical media virtually obsolete. Streaming services mean that anybody making new music is now competing with the whole history of recorded music. And the album format is in danger of becoming extinct. There's never been a time full of more 'opportunity' than now. So I dedicated an album to it."

The obvious question is why did Ben recruit William Shatner to guest on his new album?

Ben explains, "I was not my first choice to perform the vocals on "Spy In The Sky Part 3". I pored over the melody and the lyrics to get them just right. But when I finally ran through the completed lyrics in my head, I could only imagine a speaking voice. Immediately I thought 'William Shatner!' and loved the idea. Then reality kicked back in and I got on with the job of singing my own vocals. Except the idea never went away. It kept nagging and eating away at me, like all good ideas do. So I had to stop ignoring it."

"Deep down I felt a lingering terror that the music might collapse under the weight of a William Shatner vocal performance. But I suspect Shatner realized the opposite. He played the lead vocalist role perfectly, as boldly and grandly as the music aspired to be. It is an awesome combination and he brought the track up to a new level altogether. I love it."

Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, immersed as a toddler in the era of big prog rock, Craven taught himself guitar and keyboards and joined a series of bands. None of them made it and none of them remotely played the kind of music that had been burned into his mainframe as a kid. Nonetheless, the songs he wrote accumulated steadily. In 2005, Craven dispensed entirely with the band approach and recorded his debut album, "Two False Idols" under the name of Tunisia. The result was a work of incredible maturity.

Says Ben, "My usual suspect influences are Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Yes and King Crimson. But just as important are composers like Bernard Herrmann, John Barry, Henry Mancini and John Williams. I seem to blend progressive music with film soundtrack elements. I'm also a Brian Wilson tragic."

Craven stepped up a gear for his sophomore album, "Great & Terrible Potions". Delivering on the cinematic promise of "Two False Idols", "Potions" went widescreen as Craven blurred the boundaries between conventional songs and orchestral soundtracks. Augmented by a stunning cover designed by legendary artist Roger Dean (Yes, Uriah Heep, Asia), "Potions" was dense, complicated and unashamedly pretentious - everything a good prog rock album should be! Or, to put it another way, Craven sounded exactly like someone reveling in the creative freedom that came only from not worrying about what others wanted, and delivering what he felt instead.

Here's what the press raved about Ben Craven's previous release:

"Heavy-duty prog rock monster" - Anil Prasad, Innerviews
"Cracking virtuoso performance by an absurdly talented individual" - Classic Rock Society
"Craven's one-man-band production is a prog opus for the 21st century" - Musoscribe
"Press play and this album does the rest" - Muzikreviews
"Seriously well-distilled and blended" - Van Dyke Parks

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