Only Myself wrote:I share your frustrations Steve and 2J. I went to one of the Pi shows and still to this day claim it was the best gig I've ever attended. That album needs releasing! I'm guessing Crispian doesn't have access to those recordings any more, or they would have already been released.
He could definitely have released them by now if he wished, I think. Sony were willing to license the single, I can't really see why they wouldn't license an album's worth of material. In fact, at the time of the single release, Ho Hum records clearly indicated the existence of a larger body of material, and hopes for releasing it. But Crispian commented to Classic Rock magazine saying that the sessions hadn't yielded enough material for an album and that those two tracks were the best they recorded during that time. I can't help thinking he only agreed to let those two out as a favour to a friend (from Ho Hum Records, or something?) Or because those two were near-as-damnit already previously released (Healing Hands appearing in a highly similar Jeevas version on Cowboys & Indians, and Be Merciful having been by that point played to death and put out in various forms (albeit none of them an official studio recording) by Kula Shaker. So really there's every indication that it's Crispian that's prevented the release, by this point.
Only Myself wrote:The single he released on Hohum doesn't truly represent the sound of Pi, and I'm pretty sure those two songs were recorded after the album was rejected by Sony in an attempt to meet their expectations. Pi was more 'off the wall' jazz sci-fi psychedelia, with lots of interesting rhythms, pauses and fills.
I would say that's very likely, given Crispian's statements that Sony insisted on further recording to meet their expectations. Healing Hands was stated to be a track recorded after the tour, in 2001, which would have been around the time he was trying to meet those expectations. As for Be Merciful, it's also possible it fits into that category as it was not played on the Pi dates.