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Raven’s Croft is now available for download from all of your favourite stores. No, not that one. They don’t sell MP3s, do they?

Physical CDs will be available at a later date.

The Television of Cruelty: Raven's Croft



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Ian Williams: Vocals, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, electric guitars, keyboards, melodica, lap steel, percussion
Dave Shaw: Drums
Jenny Williams: Backing vocals
Graham Hills: Bass
Dave Saunders: Bass

Recorded at Abbey View and Little Monkey Studios, Cheltenham.
Mixed and mastered at Little Monkey Studios.
Engineered and co-produced by Ian Williams and Dave Saunders for Mrs Poverty Productions.

Cover design by Peter Brooks Design.
Cover painting (minus raven) by John Malcolm Williams (1933-1999)

Raven’s Croft

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Introducing the band…

imageNearly there with the new album. Let’s see…

  • Recording complete: drums added. Tick.
  • Album mixed. Tick.
  • Album mastered. Tick.
  • Album listened to. Tick.
  • Last minute worries voiced. Tick.
  • Album re-mastered. Tick.
  • Photo shoot organised. Tick.
  • Photo shoot reorganised. Tick.
  • Photos taken. Tick.
  • Co-producer/engineer/bass player photographed. Tick.
  • Cover art finalised. Tick.
  • Photos sent to designer. Tick.
  • First draft of CD cover. Tick.
  • Audio and artwork uploaded to CD Baby. Tick.

It was always going to be a huge challenge for Dave Shaw to add his drums right at the end of the recording process but the combination of his excellence as a drummer and engineer Dave Saunders’s patience and professionalism served us handsomely...

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Mixing It Up


We’ve been working very hard on new album Raven’s Croft. So far we have 11 tracks written and partially recorded. All tracks have been recorded at Abbey View (my back bedroom studio) and we’ve had one session so far at Little Monkey Studios in Cheltenham (pictured), where the drum recording, mixing and mastering will take place.

Adding the drums at the end of the recording process is, as my old Nana might have said, completely a**e about face (we often had to add asterisks to her utterances) but we’re having to make the best of it. Drummer Dave did a spectacular job on Saturday but there’s a lot more work to do. Adding real drums to tracks I’ve already smoothed together is fraught with danger – it’s just too easy to destabilise the whole song...

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Will You Still?


As it was quite a nice day today I thought I’d stay indoors and work on my studio tan. Coming on nicely, thank you.

I wanted to get a version of Will You Still? recorded. This is another new song for the Raven’s Croft album, lyrics again courtesy of John Bingham and music by me. Started with the piano part, a lilting waltz, piped through a (virtual) guitar amp and some heavyweight compression. It’s not perfectly played but I’m thinking that that’s the way with this album: I really want an organic feel, as far away from electronic music as I can get without trashing all my electronic gadgets.

I then added some guide drums and bass (to be replaced by the real thing in the near future), 12-string, vocals and electric guitar. And you know, it does sound lovely, even if I do say so myself...

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An Announcement

The_TVC_studio.JPGWell hello, and welcome to the brand new Television Of Cruelty web site. Early days yet, of course, but I wanted to set the scene.

Plans are afoot for a new album, to be called Raven’s Croft, and my idea is that I’ll blog about the making of it. If all goes to plan, there’ll be 11 tracks, most of which exist only as lyrics at the moment. However, a few of them are completely written and partially recorded.

Personnel on the new album will include Dave Shaw on drums and Graham Hills on bass. Most of the lyrics are by John Bingham, of Waiting List infamy (and, of course, lyric writer of our biggest “hit”, Teenage Wasteland).

I’ll be adding pages for band bio and all that sort of nonsense soon. End of transmission.

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