With the prolific nature of Donnie's talent, it always amazes me what he considers an 'out-take'. Sometimes circumstances just prevent that extra song from being on one of his records, and other times gems just get forgotten along the way. Being in the privileged position that we are, Lewis John and I found ourselves in the care of material that fits into the above categories, and returning to an idea I suggested to Donnie several years ago, we have compiled his latest rarities collection, '!'.
The title was my idea; a reference to Donnie's former band Enuff Z'nuff's '?' compilation, and a nod to my own emphatic feelings about his continued musical journey. This digital record is almost like a bonus disc to both 'The White Album' and 'Goodbye : Enough Z'nuff', as that is the era from which 9 of these 10 songs originate. Diamonds in the rough, but diamonds all the same. Then to top it all off, we present you with Donnie’s extremely talented niece Maddie Benjamin performing her uncle’s tribute to her Mum (and his sister, Amie), making this a family affair for us all to enjoy.
With love in a happy new year, Baz Francis (December 2015).
As I mentioned last week, Donnie, Lewis and I combined our various personality nuances once more this summer and became a group of sorts called V8. We'd previously worked together on Donnie's solo work, then mine and Donnie's recent live EP, but this latest song from our team was something else. What came out of nowhere from mine and Lewis's talented friend was a new single of Costello rhythm and soul, and we folded in around him to provide our own touches and ensure that what the listener would be getting is maximum danceability!
Also making it's début on vinyl for our forthcoming release is 'You're My Favourite Thing To Do' from mine and Donnie's concert EP, 'V8 Live In Europe 2015', as that was where the V8 moniker was born, and so far it is us two who have been the gigging front of this new adventure in sound.
But what is this new A-Side though? Well, it is an ode to Donnie's Mum, Karen, sung with a pinch of salt yet a whole lotta love; very much in honour of the lady in question. With the fantastic support of Mitchell Edmond at Dharma Bucks Records then, in late February 2016 we shall present for your listening pleasure our exclusive new single on 7" vinyl and downloads, that which is from hereon in to be known to the world as 'Mrs Vandevelde'.
Happy holidays and see you soon.
Love Baz (England, 22nd December 2015).
Magic Cat Records Limited proudly presents... Donnie Vie & Baz Francis 'V8 Live In Europe 2015' EP!
"the shows - which saw Baz open, and then accompany Donnie - were bottled-up examples of subtle genius" - Rob Watkins (Uber Rock)
You can order the CD version here:
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I am happy to say that as mentioned a while back, Donnie's and my next release together will be our live EP from 'The White Album Tour' in the summer. Mixing and mastering got completed by Lewis John last night, and we are all set for a 30th November release date on CD and download sites such as iTunes and Amazon.
The release features us performing 2 songs of Donnie's together acoustically, then me singing 2 of my own tunes from the Magic Eight Ball catalogue, and you can Pre-Order the CD now
Now you can also see the artwork too, which comes courtesy of the talented lensman Sergio Guirado. Please not that numbers are limited of the physical version. On behalf of DV and I, we hope that you enjoy it however you hear it.
Much love, Baz x
P.S. Publications wishing to review this release, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org and MP3s will be sent out to you.
Donnie Vie & Baz Francis: 'V8 LIVE IN EUROPE 2015'
OUT 30TH NOVEMBER 2015 ON MAGIC CAT RECORDS
Hey guys, Baz here. Just checking in to let you know that Lewis and I are currently in the final stages of mixing Donnie's and my new live EP from the White Album Tour. It will have 2 of DV's songs and 2 of mine from the Magic Eight Ball catalogue, and it will be coming out on Magic Cat Records before the end of the year as both a CD and download.
There will then be a new single from us under our collaborative one name, V8. That will be a download-only and will hopefully bring smiles to your faces too. On behalf of Donnie and I, thank you for all the support you show us and all the pages you run that promote our collective causes. Big love to you all, Baz x
Available digitally this coming week, on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 Donnie Vie releases his solo career-spanning ‘The Best of Donnie Vie’ through online retailers. Featuring 17 albums cuts, this compilation also contains 4 previously unreleased recordings, 3 of which feature Baz Francis of Magic Eight Ball.
UPDATE: You can now buy the album from iTunes here.
The Best of Donnie Vie.
Due to popular demand, the tour batch of Donnie and Baz's custom 'V8' CD single has SOLD OUT already. With there being no time for the guys to run off more copies whilst on the road, if you would still like your copy of this exclusive 2-track single then here's what to do...
If you've caught Donnie out on tour and wanting to find out more about his partner in harmony Baz Francis and his band Magic Eight Ball, here's where you can find more information.
Donnie and Baz are currently zooming around the UK on the first leg of the White Album Tour. They have with them tour bracelets, both black and white bracelets are available for $2.00 each.
For every $2.00 you spend, $1.00 will be donated to the SIMS FOUNDATION which provides access to financial support for mental health and addiction recovery to musicians and their family members. SIMS clinicians can provide short-term counselling and match you to one of 70+ therapists, psychiatrists, or addiction recovery partners within SIMS Provider Network for ongoing treatment.
Please consider purchasing a tour bracelet and help support a foundation that has helped many addiction inflicted persons, including Donnie Vie himself. Buy your bracelet here. You can also donate to the SIMS Foundation in Donnies name, here
Not long now till Donnie and Baz hit the UK. Here is our Limited Edition merchandise for The White Album Tour, both available at the shows:
T-SHIRT (IN VARIOUS SIZES) - £10
EXCLUSIVE V8 2-TRACK CD (to be signed upon request) - £3
Donnie will once again be touring the UK, this time in support of the White Album. Baz Francis of Magic Eight Ball will also be joining Donnie again providing support and harmonies.
Donnie will be releasing his brand new solo album on December 1st 2014
The double CD album being released by Cargo Records contains 17 all new classic Vie cuts as well as versions of the Chicago classic '25 or 6 to 4' and John Lennon's 'Imagine'.