Mudcat Café message #164519 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17171   Message #164519
Posted By: john c
18-Jan-00 - 02:25 AM
Thread Name: Nic Jones
Subject: RE: Nic Jones
Great to hear that someone else agrees with me about Penguins Eggs. Ive said it before in other threads and Ill say it again - it is the best english traditional album - ever. The tragedy of his accident also brought to light one of the meanest stories Ive ever heard about the folk business. At a time when the Jones family needed nothing more than as much financial help as they could get, it was decided the best way to raise funds would be to rerelease all his old records as cds. A great idea - they are all brilliant and very hard to find on vinyl. But somebody, somewhere was, and still is, sitting on the rights to these recordings and refuses point-blank to allow them to be issued. As a result, we are being denied some of the finest music ever recorded in the folk idiom and, more important, a very important source of income is being withheld from Nic and his family. Not a nice story. And while Im on the subject - no jewels would have fallen off Bob Dylans crown if heŽd at least acknowledged Nics influence when he recorded Canadee-i-o. Anyway, should Nic be reading this (a lot of important folkies do, even if they dont contribute) Id like to wish him all the best and thanks again for P.E.s.

John.