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Thread #101458   Message #2048956
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
11-May-07 - 04:31 AM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
OK Mr Clarke. Thats better. We now know your name. Good.
My name as most people here know is Ralph Jordan. (I use Ralphie as it's less formal and quicker to type!)
I produced the Nic Jones "Unearthed" CD, and co produced the recent Halliard release, and have been involved in the scene since the early seventies. currently with Patterson Jordan Dipper, and Housewives Choice.
So, no secrets there then.

Of course if I was signing any sort of contract today,
I would run it past a lawyer first. But, as I have stated many times, this is not about legality, but morality.

I think that artists in those far off days were just too trusting.
Bill offered them the chance to get some of their work out to a lot of people. And they trusted him (No reason not to)

I'm sure that none of the artists concerned could foresee the bad times a'coming.

As I'm sure you know, when the recession appeared lots of the smaller labels went to the wall. (I've already cited Dingles down here in London)

The Leader catalogue was another one, and changed hands a couple of times (I think) before Dave bought it up.

And, I will re-iterate. I'm sure that it's all above board and legal.

Where we differ is in how that archive of work is dealt with now.

As the Countess says, it's not just the high profile revivalist artists, it's the grey gatefold recordings of Trad singers. (Oh Countess, you missed out Cecilia Costello).

You state that Bright Phoebus is available.....
If so, why did Radio 4 commision a programme about it??

Surely, the release of such an important CD (along with the first 2 Nic Jones CDs) should have had an enourmous fanfare and a huge ad campaign (As Free Reed do).

It all just seems so sly and backhanded to me. Did Dave tell the producers of the documentary that it (B Phoebus) was available?
Maybe he should have done, even if it made the programme pointless!!

I go back to my main point.

People are dying now, time is moving on. Do the deal Mr Bulmer.

Ralph Jordan.

PS. Oh and I drove a crap car round the country with no heater back in the 70s so
Being poor is not a prerogative of Northeners.