Shed Your Skin - 1997 (very textured​-​audiophile favourite)

by Ray Montford

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Since I have the original cover artwork (changed in 2004 or so) from the first release, I'm offering this as a CD-R which I burn in real time in my studio. I sign the CD-R with a sharpie and include the original cover artwork in a plastic sleeve. I have a few left. This title was also released as a 10th Anniversary special in 2007, when the prestigious hgh-end speaker manufacturer, Totem Acoustic, ordered 500 units. Special thanks to Totem.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shed Your Skin - 1997 (very textured-audiophile favourite) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 100 

      $20 CAD or more 




released January 16, 2014

This is Ray's first studio recording, originally released in 1997, then re-released as a 10th anniversary edition in 2007.

While it's currently out of print, Ray is offering this exclusive package which features the original front cover iconic 'light painting' photography by Fraser Cameron - a 45 min. exposure where no photoshop was employed). Every CD is signed.

This recording is multi-layered and musically diverse and features a good deal of instrumentation and world percussion. It has been widely embraced by audiophile experts, audio shops and speaker companies for its sonic quality and dimensionality.

"shed your skin is a brilliant record... incredible playing... singular musical voice ... and one of the best recorded guitar records I've ever heard in my life!"
Will Ackerman - Windham Hill

"Ray Montford is a sensitive and exploratory musician who combines traditional techniques with exciting world music influences."
Atom Egoyan - Filmmaker

Produced and Mixed by Ray Montford
Recorded by John Bailey
Additional Recording by Ray Montford
Mastered by Peter Moore

ray montford - guitars
ian de souza - bass
rob greenway - world percussion, vocal 'spirit'
ravi naimpally - tabla, udu, congas
david travers-smith - trumpet 'celebrata'
evelyn datl - piano, b-3
colleen allen - sax
oliver schroer (RIP) - snaky fiddle
steve lucas - bass 'one witness'
jim creeggan - upright bass 'shed your skin'
cookie rankin - vocal 'take me back'

'light painting'photography by fraser cameron


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Ray Montford Toronto, Ontario

Ray Montford is a guitar player who lets his instrument sing with abandon. Rich in imagery, his tunes are fuelled by a love of the wilderness that inspires sonic canvasses of wild and raw beauty, haunting and powerful as loneliness. This unique Canadian talent and soulful player is making waves with a confident swagger and sound all his own, wringing emotion from every note. ... more

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