First Chance To Hear

by Ben Craven

  • To celebrate the release of my album "Last Chance To Hear" in March 2016, I held a launch party at the Caxton Hotel in Brisbane. A small room was booked upstairs and everyone was invited.

    I had no band at my disposal. Even if I had, the rehearsal effort required would have been the equivalent of going on tour. I briefly considered playing a solo acoustic show but thought it would be more fun to present a virtual band performance. Armed with backing tracks for drums, bass and occasional keyboards - plus the disembodied voice of William Shatner - the show was billed as "Ben Craven & Friends".

    With a handful of cameras and audio feeds, the entire show was captured for the high-definition blu-ray release, "First Chance To Hear". The audio has been remixed in 24-bit stereo and 5.1 surround. Some of the lighting and camerawork is not completely perfect, so I’m calling this an “official bootleg”!

    All copies of "First Chance To Hear" will be burnt on-demand and signed! (If you would like it personalised, please add a note to the order.)

    View the trailer here:

    Includes immediate digital download of 24/96 stereo audio files.

    Technical specifications:
    Duration: 96 minutes (approx)
    Video: 1080p 23.976fps HD video
    Audio: 24-bit 96 kHz LPCM stereo, 24-bit 48 kHz 5.1 LPCM surround, 640 kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, 640 kbps Dolby Digital Stereo
    Media: Duplicated using Verbatim recordable BD-R. Region-free.


    The disc has been burnt using a Pioneer burner on Verbatim media. It has been verified and tested on standalone Sony BDP-S480, Panasonic DMP-BD35 and Samsung BD-F5100 blu-ray players. However, unforeseen compatibility issues may occur. Please be aware of this before purchasing. If you experience any compatibility issues, please let me know of course! Making a backup copy for personal use is also encouraged due the unknown life of recordable media.

    I have received reports that the disc was not compatible with
    - a customer's earlier-generation PS3 player (model and firmware version currently unknown).
    - Oppo Digital BDP-83
    - Sylvania Bonus View HDMI Blu-Ray player

    Includes unlimited streaming of First Chance To Hear via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The "Last Chance To Hear" album launch party, from 8 April 2016.


released March 6, 2017


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Ben Craven Brisbane, Australia

Ben Craven is a “cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter” from Brisbane, Australia.

His new album, Great & Terrible Potions. blurs the boundaries between conventional songs and orchestral soundtracks. Augmented by a stunning cover designed by legendary artist Roger Dean (Yes, Asia), Potions is dense, complicated and unashamedly pretentious – everything a good prog rock album should be!
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