Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
Mary Black's breakthrough album from 1987 has been remixed and remastered and repackaged for its 30th anniversary. The album that brought us "Katie", "Just Once in a Very Blue Moon", "By the Time it Gets Dark", "Schooldays Over" and much more is back and better than ever!
Hard to believe its been 30 years since the release of "By The Time It Gets Dark" in 1987. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then and how time flies when youre busy and having a good time! As its always been one of my favourite albums I felt that it deserved to be revisited to celebrate its 30th anniversary. With that in mind we sent the old 24 track tapes to be baked (a process to preserve them) allowing us to do a complete remix and remaster the album. We enlisted the services of my great friend and sound engineer Billy Robinson to do the job and Im delighted with the outcome - it sounds great, even if I say so myself! We added a few bits where needed and Im happy to see it being released on vinyl again.
It's been a nice journey revisiting that time and remembering the sights and sounds of life back then.
As we listened closely to some of the tracks, the beautiful voice of Mandy Murphy came through and I felt so sad that she passed away, so young, last year. I wish to dedicate this release to her memory." - Mary Black - January 2017
30th Anniversary Edition
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
Remixed & Repackaged
Made in the UK
Mary Black, vocals
Noel Bridgeman, conga, claves
Pat Crowley, synthesizer, piano, Accordion, backing vocals
Garvan Gallagher, bass, double bass
Carl Geraghty, soprano saxophone
Honor Hefferncur, backing vocals
Caroline LaVelle, cello
Mandy Murphy, backing vocals
Una Ni Chuioius, cello
John Sheehan, violin
Declan Sinnott, synthesizer, guitar, vocals
1. By The Time It Gets Dark
2. Schooldays Over
3. Once In A Very Blue Moon
4. Farewell Farewell
5. Sparks Might Fly
2. Leaving The Land
3. There Is A Time
5. Leaboy's Lassie
6. Trying To Get The Balance Right