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Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals]

by Better Than The Book

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Better Than The Book - Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] is a bonus album to celebrate an amazing year since the release of "Hopes and Dreams" and everything BTTB's 2nd full-length album achieved!

With 9/10 tracks featured on the radio worldwide from the USA to UK to Australia including numerous shows on idobi Radio, BBC Introducing, and The Ska Show with Beefy (the number 2 ska music show in the world), dozens of web blog and zine features, and the subsequent formation of the Better Than The Book LIVE band, Hopes and Dreams was undoubtedly BTTB's most successful project to date and made a mark I couldn't have ever imagined when I first launched it!

A monumental thanks to everyone who helped make all this happen with a huge shout out to Meg, the album's PR extraordinaire, Beefy and Melita for their continued radio support and great vibes, the BTTB LIVE band's Eamon, Sam and Andy for their boundless enthusiasm to take these tunes to the stage, and of course to my supporters on Patreon who keep my music going each month with special mention to the $10+ patrons: Nathan Puray, David Klein II, and Michael White! Thank you all so much for your help and support in making these dreams a reality!

Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals], much like I did for Two Years On, is a complete off-vocal version of the album for you to sing along to, make silly mash-ups, or simply listen to when you want some BTTB but without any vocals! I hope you enjoy this bonus album while I get the Better Than The Book live show prepared for the stage, and I'm sure it won't be too long until I'm back in the studio for the next album! Thank you all so much again and see you for some more BTTB soon!


released July 19, 2020

All tracks written, performed and produced by Nick Standing
Recorded, mixed and mastered at JabunAudio by Nick Standing
Album artwork by Nick Standing

Sample Credits:

01 - The Hardest Part
“Confessions” - Better Than The Book (from the "Two Years On" album)

Additional samples from freesound.org and various royalty free libraries

For additional credits, special thanks and more, please see the individual track credits and the full "Hopes and Dreams" album credits here:

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Better Than The Book is Nick Standing, AKA Jabun and anything he can find in the moment to create his beloved ska punk project. Keep up with his other musical endeavours and adventures on Patreon, the JabunAudio website, Facebook and Twitter.

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Better Than The Book! A musical project by Nick Standing AKA Jabun. Heartfelt and high energy Ska / Pop Punk slices of life from a guy born in the 90s.

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