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Thread #101458   Message #2051605
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
14-May-07 - 01:48 PM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Children please..Take your reminiscences elsewhere LOL!!

Just to shed a bit of light.
Somone (Les I think) asked why labels like Topic etc, couldn't take it this project on.
Well, the simple reason is pure economics.
For all the Glitz and glamour of releases by Topic, Free Reed, etc, etc. the profit margins are very small.
Topics own "In House" studio closed many years ago, and "The Transports" almost did for Free Reed.
But, If...
1 The Master tapes of the Lost Leader collection still exist. (Mmmm)
2 The Original artwork for the sleeves/booklets still exist (Another Big Mmmm)

Then, the actual mastering, printing is just a matter of finance.

But, to get to that point, Dave B must come out of his shell and negotiate. If he chooses not do so, then that is that. Any recordings that may still exist will be lost forever.

Maybe a consortium of respected labels could pool resources to buy Dave out. (I fear that his price would be difficult to meet sadly)

As for distribution, There is little point in flooding HMV/Virgin with discs. The best way to sell CDs is at live gigs (Bit difficult for a lot of the artists I realise)

Mind you, it would be interesting to know how many Sandy Denny boxed sets Neil Wayne has sold? She hasn't gigged much recently, yet NW invested a lot of money in the project (and Peter Bellamy too)

We just carry on I suppose.

Regards to all

Ralphie

PS Oh and Dai, maybe the CROWS first CD will come out eventually!!