Alabama 3 – 12 Label Free Steps

March 4, 2008

Not to be outdone by the likes of NIN or Radiohead, Alabama 3 has launched an ambitious 12-month plan to put out a new album.

Produced totally without labels, and totally with the fans.

Each and every month for the next yer, the Boys from Brixton are putting up 3 new songs on their web site. Fans get to vote on each song, and afterwords they get to download all three songs — which they are free to remix and send back to the band

At the end of the year, the 12 most popular songs (as chosen by the fans) will make a new album — and the fans who voted will be invited to a 12 hour Christmas gig celebrating the 12th anniversary of the band, where they will be given a CD of the new album, plus a CD of the 12 chosen remixes.

Plus a previously unreleased DVD.

Alabama 3’s next album will be created and disseminated without interference from labels, shops, manufacturers or distributors – a virus transmitted directly to the people.

Fans will be directly involved in the selection of songs and the conceptual direction of the album. You, the Converted, will be our executive producers.

Members of the congregation will be invited to re-mix tracks from the album, and they Shall Be Released

So, for those of you who are math-challenged, that’s 36 free MP3s (in clean, decent 160 kbps rips), an invitation to remix any or all, a free party, two free CDs, and a free DVD.

Damn. Beat that.

You can find the details of the new 12 Step Program Manifesto here, along with this month’s three free tracks.

(totally via Rimone, as usual)

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5 Responses to “Alabama 3 – 12 Label Free Steps”

  1. rimone on March 12th, 2008 11:51 am

    ahhhh… as you can see, i finally re-fired up my feedreader today and am shuddering under the deluge (and thanks to me remembering to move you up, so to speak, i can finally read the good bits first–you).

    but back to this wondrous album — did you do the maths? they didn’t and why are we not surprised? *snigger* it seems december 08, the 12th month’s tunes will be out on new year’s eve…welp, you know the rest. *wack*

    typical! *in a BBC accent* ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. rimone on March 12th, 2008 11:58 am

    right, forgot to ask which your faves are. in january i couldn’t decide between ‘rush’ and their cover of LWTUA. same deal february; difficult to choose between ‘crashed’ and ‘bridge end’.

    naturally i have issues w/their very limiting ‘good, bad, ugly’ ratings… *sigh* but at least they’re finally on their way to acting in a Web-like manner more in tune w/their musical cutting-edge-genre-mixivity; praise Jebus they’re getting hip to the Internets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Chuck Lawson on March 12th, 2008 9:02 pm

    lol… to tell the truth, I can’t decide a “favorite” on a new Alabama 3 tune until I hear it about a dozen times. I just kinda made a snap judgement and downloaded them…

    I did notice that they were going to have trouble getting 12 by December with a monthly schedule — I figured maybe they’ll double up one month; “Christmas in July” or some such thing…

  4. rimone on March 14th, 2008 1:53 pm

    LOL, i love it รขโ‚ฌโ€œ ‘christmas in july’ (i think it’s such a good idea, i’m sending this page/your comment to AA). ๐Ÿ™‚ anyway, i’m really loving Bridge End as my total fave outta the six yet released. dunno if you were of an age to relate to stuff in post @FreeA3 this AM, but:

    ‘…i love this imagery: “…the winter sun… pallid and weak, through broken windows it struggles…”

    ‘and the bit about “thoughts turn to Summer-y Hell…” … this tune’s rather evocative of how we (“we” meaning those Americans who were teenagers in the late 60s, teenagers AND aware of things). anyway, AFAIC, it’s evocative of this sinking feeling we all got, thanks to Tate/Manson, Altamount, the continuing massive fuck-up in ‘Nam, Nixon &c.

    ‘and a few years later, we got “No Future” รขโ‚ฌโ€œรขโ‚ฌโ€œ> heh. … a lot of us back then were aware enough to be self-conscious of where it seemed our country was going … IMO, Bridge End perfectly evokes the flavor of that time, when all hope dissolved into an ugly sad mess of current events and forgotten ideals. nb: being depressed/cynical all my life, i never had such ideals, but hey, i dug watching/reading others who did…’

    did you get any of that whilst listening to the name-checking in BE? i’m waiting on Chris’ reply as well; i wanna know cause i respect both of your opinions and you being about a decade younger than me, and the fact that he’s twenty + years younger… well, y’know. i’m truly interested in how you both feel, coming from your diverse PsOV. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Brian Thomson on February 20th, 2013 12:28 pm

    I have an Alabama 3 album called 10 Steps, containing 30 track which are split into 10 sections: Jan 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), Feb 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), Mar 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), May 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), June 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), July 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), Aug 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), Sep 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks), Oct 2008 Manifesto (3 track), Nov 2008 Manifesto (3 tracks). Does this have any connection to the 12 month plan to put out a new album?

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