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Clive Mitten details his new album Suite Cryptique

C: Live Collective
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Former Twelfth Night bassist and C:Live Collective mainstay Clive Mitten has announced details of his upcoming new album Suite Cryptique, subtitled Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983, which will be released in March.

The new album sees Mitten orchestrally re-imagining Twelfth Night's music, taking themes from many of the tracks from that period and reworking them in a classical style to produce something entirely new.

"The two-hour album comprises cinematic orchestral recompositions of all of the material contained on the band's three seminal albums (from the period) plus a few live favourites that never made it on to an album," explains Mitten. "It is in my 'post minimalist' style. That is minimalism in the context of huge orchestral forces and big melodies, which I acknowledge is an oxymoron…"

Suite Cryptique has been written, arranged, recorded and produced by Mitten. The cover painting is by former Twelfth Night singer, the late Geoff Mann (who sadly passed away on February 5, 1993), one of a number of sketches Mann made in 1982 while the band were recording the Fact & Fiction album. You can view the new album cover and tracklisting below. Manns wife Jane acts as strings consultant on the album.

Pre-order Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983.

Clive Mtten

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Clive Mitten: Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983

Disc One:
1. Part One:           Live at the Target
2. Part Two:           Live (and Let Live)
3. Part Three:        The Collector

Disc Two:
1. Part Four            Fact and Fiction
2. Part Five:            Creepshow

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.