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Alan Moore’s Songbook

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Pádraig Ó Méalóid


This collects information about songs written by Alan Moore and presented in comic form, particularly the Alan Moore’s Songbook collection, as published in Caliber Press’s Negative Burn black and white anthology comic between 1994 and 1996, and elsewhere (particularly, more recently, in various books published by Avatar Press). This also lists other works published by Avatar Press that are related to the broad thrust of this listing.

These are listed in the order in which they originally appeared in Negative Burn, with any other additions, for instance the trio of pieces making up Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar, May 2003), included at the end. Some of these appeared earlier in Negative Burn, but with different artists. In all cases the earliest appearance will contain information about all subsequent appearances, in whatever form, including actual sung/recorded versions of the songs. Listings for subsequent appearances of whatever kind will refer back only to the earliest, original appearance.

I’ll list the various books and CDs that the songs appeared in separately at the end, with a full list of all relevant works. This listing is primarily to categorise information about the drawn version of these songs, however, and more detailed information on recordings will appear elsewhere. For the moment I’m only including information about recorded works that are also available in comic form.

I’ve listed all information as close to the original source material as I possibly can, so any vagaries of spelling, capitalisation, and so forth are probably there deliberately. Where relevant, all book listings feature the pieces in the order in which they appear in the book.

This does not list fictitious songs that occur incidentally in Alan Moore’s comics, for instance the ‘Scrapper’ songs from Top Ten. These will eventually be dealt with in another listing, a long time into the future!


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Songs from Negative Burn (Caliber Press, March 1994 – June 1996)

Negative Burn #9 (March 1994): Another Suburban Romance
Illustrated by Ken Meyer Jr. 2 pages.
Also appears in Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003) with sequential adaptation by Anthony Johnston and illustrations by Juan Jose Ryp.

Negative Burn #10 (April 1994): London
Illustrated by Richard Case. 2 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).

Negative Burn #11 (May 1994): Positively Bridge Street
Illustrated by Phillip Hester and Ande Parks. 6 pages.
Reprinted in The Best of Negative Burn: Year One (Caliber Press, 1995).
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).

Negative Burn #12 (June 1994): 14.2.99
Illustrated by Dave Johnson. 2 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002) with sequential adaptation by Art Brooks and illustrations by Juan Jose Ryp.

Negative Burn #13 (July 1994): The Murders of the Rue Morgue
Illustrated by Neil Gaiman. 7 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).

Negative Burn #14 (August 1994): Fires I Wish I’d Seen
Illustrated by Colleen Doran. 3 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002) with sequential adaptation by Art Brooks and illustrations by Vincente Cifuentes.

Negative Burn #16 (October 1994) Madame October
Illustrated by Terry Moore. 11 pages.
Reprinted in The Best of Negative Burn: Year Two (Caliber Press, 1996).
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Reprinted in Negative Burn: The Best From 1993 - 1998 (Image Comics/Desperado Publications, January 2005).
Also appears on Rocking for Romania, (Builth Balkan Crew, 2005)
As a duet with Tom Hall. This track originally appeared on Tom Hall’s 1994 Watering the Spirits album, but I have no other information about that work, so it doesn’t get an individual listing.

Negative Burn #17 (November 1994): The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me
Illustrated by Bill Koeb. 8 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002) as Hair of the Snake That Bit Me with sequential adaptation by Art Brooks and illustrations by Sergio Bleda.
Also appears on Hexentexts: A Creation Books Sampler CD (Codex, 1994) with music by Tim Perkins.
Also appears on The Moon And Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre Of Marvels CD (Cleopatra Records, 1996), as Overture: Hair Of The Snake That Bit Me, with music by Tim Perkins.

Negative Burn #18 (December 1994): Trampling Tokyo
Illustrated by Arthur Adams. 4 pages.
Reprinted in Art Adams’ Creature Features (Dark Horse Comics, August 1996), with colouring by Laura Allred.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Reprinted in Negative Burn: The Best From 1993 - 1998 (Image Comics/Desperado Publications, January 2005).

Negative Burn #19 (January 1995): Litvinov’s Book
Illustrated by Richard Pace. 3 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #2 (Avatar Press , October 2003), as Litvinoff’s Book, with sequential adaptation by Anthony Johnston and art by Mike Wolfer.
Also appears on The Moon And Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre Of Marvels CD (Cleopatra Records, 1996), as Litvinoff’s Book, with music by David J.


Negative Burn #25 (July 1995): Chiaroscuro
Illustrated by Dave Gibbons. 2 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Reprinted in Negative Burn: The Best From 1993 - 1998 (Image Comics/Desperado Publications, January 2005).

Negative Burn #26 (August 1995): Me and Dorothy Parker
Illustrated by Michael Gaydos. 4 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Reprinted in Negative Burn: The Best From 1993 - 1998 (Image Comics/Desperado Publications, January 2005).
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #3 (November 2003) with art by Marat Mychaels and Marc Deering.
Also appears on The Flash Girls’ Maurice and I CD (Fabulous Records, 1995), with music by Tim Perkins.

Negative Burn #28 (September 1995): Rose Madder
Illustrated by James A. Owen. 6 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).

Negative Burn #35 (April 1996): Leopard-Man at C&A’s
Illustrated by Jordan Raskin. 2 pages.
Reprinted in Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998).
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002) as Leopardman at C&A with sequential adaptation by Art Brooks and illustrations by Martin Cáceres.

Negative Burn #37 (June 1996): Town of Lights
Illustrated by Mark Ricketts.
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002) as The Town of Lights with sequential adaptation by Art Brooks and illustrations by Alfredo Torres.
Also appears on The Moon And Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre Of Marvels CD (Cleopatra Records, 1996), as Finale: A Town Of Lights, with music by Tim Perkins.

Note: Two of the fifteen pieces originally presented in Negative Burn were never reprinted in their original format (Another Suburban Romance, illustrated by Ken Meyer Jr, originally presented in Negative Burn #9; and Town of Lights, illustrated by Mark Ricketts, originally presented in Negative Burn #37.) Both of these turned up in other formats, however.

Five of these songs, to the best of my knowledge, have actually been recorded: Madame October, The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me, Litvinov’s Book, Me and Dorothy Parker, and Town of Lights. Details of where and when are in the relevant sections below, as well as in the more detailed listing above.

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Books featuring songs by Alan Moore

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The Best of Negative Burn: Year One (Caliber Press, 1995)

Positively Bridge Street: Originally presented in Negative Burn #11 (1994). Illustrated by Phillip Hester and Ande Parks.

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The Best of Negative Burn: Year Two (Caliber Press, 1996)

Madame October Originally presented in Negative Burn #16 (1994). Illustrated by Terry Moore.

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Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998)

Rose Madder: Originally presented in Negative Burn #28 (1995). Illustrated by James A. Owen
Me and Dorothy Parker: Originally presented in Negative Burn #26 (1995). Illustrated by Michael Gaydos.
The Murders of the Rue Morgue: Originally presented in Negative Burn #13 (1994). Illustrated by Neil Gaiman.
London: Originally presented in Negative Burn #10 (1994). Illustrated by Richard Case.
Positively Bridge Street: Originally presented in Negative Burn #11 (1994). Illustrated by Phillip Hester and Ande Parks.
Leopard-Man at C&A’s: Originally presented in Negative Burn #35 (1996). Illustrated by Jordan Raskin.
The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me: Originally presented in Negative Burn #17 (1994). Illustrated by Bill Koeb.
Litvinov’s Book: Originally presented in Negative Burn #19 (1995). Illustrated by Richard Pace.
Trampling Tokyo: Originally presented in Negative Burn #18 (1994). Illustrated by Arthur Adams.
Madame October: Originally presented in Negative Burn #16 (1994). Illustrated by Terry Moore.
14.2.99: Originally presented in Negative Burn #12 (1994). Illustrated by Dave Johnson.
Chiaroscuro: Originally presented in Negative Burn #25 (1995). Illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
Fires I Wish I’d Seen: Originally presented in Negative Burn #14 (1994). Illustrated by Colleen Doran.

Note: This book reprints thirteen of the fifteen pieces originally presented in Negative Burn with two exceptions: Another Suburban Romance, illustrated by Ken Meyer Jr, originally presented in Negative Burn #9, and Town of Lights, illustrated by Mark Ricketts, originally presented in Negative Burn #37.

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Art Adams’ Creature Features (Dark Horse Comics, August 1996)

Trampling Tokyo: Originally presented in Negative Burn #18 (1994). Illustrated by Arthur Adams.

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Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002)

All adaptations are by Art Brooks.

Hair of the Snake That Bit Me Illustrated by Sergio Bleda. 10 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #17 (November 1994) as The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me with illustrations by Bill Koeb.

Leopardman at C&A Illustrated by Martin Cáceres. 9 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #35 (April 1996) as Leopard-Man at C&A’s with illustrations by Jordan Raskin

Fires I Wish I’d Seen Illustrated by Vincente Cifuentes. 5 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #14 (August 1994) with illustrations by Colleen Doran.

14.2.99 Illustrated by Juan Jose Ryp. 8 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #12 (June 1994) with illustrations by Dave Johnson.

The Town of Lights Illustrated by Alfredo Torres. 8 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #37 (June 1996) as Town of Lights with illustrations by Mark Ricketts.

Note: Alan Moore’s Magic Words is basically an English-language reprint of Magical Mistery Moore (Styx & Sulaco Ediciones, Spain, 2001), although there are minor differences in page layouts, lettering placement, the presence or absence of the definite article, and so on, between the two different versions. Other than that, the art is identical. In both cases, these are new versions of pieces that originally appeared in various issues of Negative Burn.

This book also contains Symmetry Becomes It, a palindromic text poem with accompanying illustrations by Jacen Burrows (otherwise known as jacen), which is the first part of The Demon Regent Asmodeus, one of the tracks on The Moon And Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre Of Marvels (Cleopatra Records, 1996). Burrows also provides incidental illustrations for The Musical Mystery Moore by Anthony Johnston and Alan Moore, a very useful and comprehensive guide to Moore’s early musical ventures.

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Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003)

All three songs are sequentially adapted by Anthony Johnston, with illustrations by Juan Jose Ryp.

Judy Switched Off the TV

Old Gangsters Never Die Originally appeared on the The March of the Sinister Ducks EP, (Situation Two/Beggars Banquet Music, 1983). The single came with fold-out cover with a version of Old Gangsters Never Die illustrated by Lloyd Thatcher.

Another Suburban Romance: Originally presented in Negative Burn #9 (1994) with illustrations by Ken Meyer Jr.

Note: While with the Northampton Arts Lab, Alan Moore and Jamie Delano co-wrote Another Suburban Romance, a surrealist play. Moore contributed three pieces: Judy Switched Off The TV, Old Gangsters Never Die, and the eponymous finale, Another Suburban Romance.

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Negative Burn: The Best From 1993 - 1998 (Image Comics/Desperado Publications, January 2005)

Madame October: Originally presented in Negative Burn #16 (1994). Illustrated by Terry Moore.
Chiaroscuro: Originally presented in Negative Burn #25 (1995). Illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
Trampling Tokyo: Originally presented in Negative Burn #18 (1994). Illustrated by Arthur Adams.
Me and Dorothy Parker: Originally presented in Negative Burn #26 (1995). Illustrated by Michael Gaydos.

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Alan Moore’s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths (Avatar Press, 3 issues, September – November 2003)

Alan Moore’s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #2 (October 2003): Litvinoff’s Book, with sequential adaptation by Anthony Johnston and art by Mike Wolfer. 6 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #19 (January 1995), as Litvinov’s Book, with illustrations by Richard Pace.

Alan Moore’s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths #3 (November 2003): Me and Dorothy Parker with art by Marat Mychaels and Marc Deering. 10 pages.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #26 (August 1995) with illustrations by Michael Gaydos.

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Recordings featuring songs by Alan Moore

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The March of the Sinister Ducks, The Sinister Ducks (Situation Two/Beggars Banquet Music, 1983), 45 RPM 7” Single on vinyl, SIT 25

Homiside [Other Side]: Old Gangsters Never Die.
Single came with fold-out cover with a version of Old Gangsters Never Die illustrated by Lloyd Thatcher. Therefore, the piece appears both as a song and as a comic strip here.
Also appears in Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003), with illustrations by Juan Jose Ryp.

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Hexentexts: A Creation Books Sampler (Codex, 1994), CD, Code 1

Hair Of The Snake That Bit Me: Music by Tim Perkins.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #17 (1994), as The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me, with illustrations by Bill Koeb.

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The Moon And Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre Of Marvels, David J, Alan Moore, Tim Perkins (Cleopatra Records, 1996), CD, Cleo 96882

Overture: Hair Of The Snake That Bit Me: Music by Tim Perkins.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #17 (1994), as The Hair of the Snake That Bit Me, with illustrations by Bill Koeb.

Litvinoff’s Book: Music by David J.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #19 (1995), as Litvinov’s Book, with illustrations by Richard Pace.

The Demon Regent Asmodeus: Music by Tim Perkins.
Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002) contains Symmetry Becomes It, a palindromic text poem with accompanying illustrations by Jacen Burrows (jacen), which is the first part of The Demon Regent Asmodeus.

Finale: A Town Of Lights: Music by Tim Perkins.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #37 (June 1996), as Town of Lights, with illustrations by Mark Ricketts.

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Maurice and I, The Flash Girls, (Fabulous Records, 1995), CD, fcd 001

Me and Dorothy Parker: Music by Tim Perkins.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #26 (August 1995) with illustrations by Michael Gaydos.

Note: This CD also contains a number of tracks written by Neil Gaiman.

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Rocking for Romania, (Builth Balkan Crew, 2005)

Madame October, a duet with Tom Hall. This track originally appeared on Tom Hall’s 1994 Watering the Spirits album, but I have no other information about that work, so it doesn’t get an individual listing.
Originally presented in Negative Burn #16 (1994). Illustrated by Terry Moore.


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Books:

The Best of Negative Burn: Year One (Caliber Press, 1995)
The Best of Negative Burn: Year Two (Caliber Press, 1996)
Art Adams’ Creature Features (Dark Horse Comics, August 1996)
Alan Moore’s Songbook (Caliber Press, 1998)
Alan Moore’s Magic Words (Avatar Press, November 2002)
Alan Moore’s Another Suburban Romance (Avatar Press, May 2003)
Negative Burn: The Best From 1993 - 1998 (Image Comics/Desperado Publications, January 2005)
Alan Moore’s Yuggoth Cultures and Other Growths (Avatar Press, 3 issues, September – November 2003)

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Recordings:

The March of the Sinister Ducks, Sinister Ducks, 7” single (Situation Two/Beggars Banquet Music, 1983)
Hexentexts: A Creation Books Sampler, CD (Codex, 1994)
The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, David J, Alan Moore, Tim Perkins, CD (Cleopatra Records, 1996)
Maurice and I, The Flash Girls, CD (Fabulous Records, 1995)
Rocking for Romania, (Builth Balkan Crew, 2005)

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songs?

from: thewalkernz
date: Jun. 8th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
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nice one,

lots of work you put in there.....could end up being quite a valuable reference point.



although i am not sure if it does justice to much of those works to call them songs, especially the pieces from his spokenword works. . . .

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Pádraig Ó Méalóid

Re: songs?

from: slovobooks
date: Jun. 8th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's Alan who's calling them songs, not me!

Like I said, eventually I want to put the whole thing together on a website, along with stray reviews of his work from over the years. I'll also be looking for contributions, but my standards will be high!

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The fictitious songs

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
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Thanks for your site. I appreciate the work you've put into it.

I've done my own list of Mr. Moore's songs and I present it here with the hope that this helps with your own work. I've removed the ones you've already covered:

11/81 2000 A.D. #240
A Cautionary Fable Paul Neary

7/83 2000 A.D. #323
The Lethal Laziness of Lobelia Loam Arturo Boluda

8/83 Warrior #12
V for Vendetta: This Vicious Cabaret David Lloyd David J
(Note: David J released an EP with this song and other music
inspired by V for Vendetta)

1/87 Watchmen #5
"An extract from the 'Treasure Island Treasury of Comics'
documents the rise in popularity of pirate comics after the
failure of superhero books in the Watchmen world."
Contains excerpt from The Shanty of Edward Teach (Joe Orlando)
from Tales of the Black Freighter.

4/88 Heartbreak Hotel #3
I Can Hear the Grass Grow Alan Moore
Based on the song I Can Hear The Grass Grow, written by Roy Wood and performed by The Move

5/88 Batman: The Killing Joke Brian Bolland
"I go loony . . . " (pp. 24-25)

6/90 A-1 #4 The Bojeffries Saga: Song of the Terraces Steve Parkhouse

11/97 Supreme #54
The Ballad of Judy Jordan Rick Veitch
Note: Pages 1-4 only

9/99 Top 10 #1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12
Background song excerpts Gene Ha/Zander Cannon

2/01 Tomorrow Stories #9
Greyshirt: The Musical! Rick Veitch

7/03 Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales #7
Blanket Shanty Shawn McManus

12/03 Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales #8
The Tom Strong Cartoon Hour: G-G-Ghosts at the Gear Stick
Jason Pearson
Contains the theme song for The Tom Strong Cartoon Hour

9/04 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol.2)
"Apologia" for lateness Kevin O’Neill

8/05 Top 10: The Forty-Niners Gene Ha
"Oh, they once called me The Grand Grandee . . . [pg. 14]
[America’s Best Comics]

Raymond van der Geugten
I am:
godels_dead at the Yahoo! Alan Moore group
gargunzaclone255 at the 4ColorHeroes forums


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glycon

Re: The fictitious songs

from: glycon
date: Jul. 30th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks very much for that. I'm going to have to look at the coding on this, as some parts are invisible, and repost it with all the relevant information.

Glad you like what I'm doing. I appreciate the kind words very much.

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Wolf_Kidd

Leopardman at C&A's

from: wolfkidd
date: Nov. 26th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
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"Leopardman at C&A's" was recorded by Detroit band "The Dirtbombs", released on their album "We Have You Surrounded" (In The Red, 2008)

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loopyjoe

Watering the Spirits

from: loopyjoe
date: Dec. 14th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
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Your note for Madame October says "This track originally appeared on Tom Hall’s 1994 Watering the Spirits album, but I have no other information about that work, so it doesn’t get an individual listing." Check out http://www.tomhall.org.uk/discography.htm -it doesn't state the label, but this does: http://bearalley.blogspot.com/2009/03/alan-moore-on-record.html

Hope this is interesting and/or useful ;D

loopyjoe

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Pádraig Ó Méalóid

Re: Watering the Spirits

from: slovobooks
date: Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the information. One of these fine days I must go in and update all of this, as there has been a considerable amount of movement since I originally did this post.

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