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

by Ray Montford

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      $15 CAD  or more


  • 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 


One Witness 04:06
Ice House 04:19
May It Begin 03:51
Celebrata 03:52
Spirit 05:17
Passion 05:23
Take Me Back 05:30
Alchemy 04:53
Axis 04:38


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 Wakefield, Québec

Ray Montford’s original pieces are characterized by a wild and raw beauty. Often inspired by the human condition, his instrumental compositions paint haunting
canvasses that are rich in imagery, taking the listener on an unforgettable journey. Ray finds countless ways to convey emotion through his compositions and soulful playing, letting his guitar sing and wring emotion from every note.
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