Mudcat Café message #2051995 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #101458   Message #2051995
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
14-May-07 - 11:54 PM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Firstly Dick G...

I fully realise your attempts at trying to recompense artists whenever you can. (I seem to remember someone earlier said that they would be bumping into Mike Waterson soon, so expect a demand for a fistful of dollars...Only Joking!)
You have always dealt courteously and correctly with the UK distributors that I know of.
But, as you must surely appreciate, this whole sorry tale is not really about hard cash.
Feelings are running very high over here in the UK. As the years go by, more of the artists are falling by the wayside, not knowing if their work will ever be heard of again.
If Mr Bulmer had a grand plan for hiding all this material away, Fine!
But, for the life of me why just hoard them??

Conspiracy theorists tell me that it is because the original tapes are in such a sorry state that they are now unplayable. I have no idea if this is true, but, it's certainly possible, and would explain Daves reticence in discussing the whole situation.

I am not threatening anyone, just asking difficult questions.
And after all these years, still not getting any answers.

Ok OK. lets call a halt to all this.
If indeed the tapes have deteriated, then all is not lost. (after all back in the 70's I stupidly stored some tapes, luckily not vital, in a damp cellar...silly boy!)

I'm sure I could contact the right people with the right technology to restore as many as possible, before it is too late.

Far from losing face, Dave B would be thanked for having kept all this stuff all this time.

I must state that I have no financial interest in any of these shenanigans. But, as someone who always kept safety copies of most of my sessions for the BBC before I left, I am still getting calls from producers who have mislaid (!) their Master tapes.

If Dave has a master plan.   Fine!
If not, the vagaries of time, damp, temperature and the Earths magnetic field, etc will do untold damage to whatever is left.

Surely now is the time to safeguard the remains?
And if any of the recordings are subsequently released, I'm sure deals could be done. The annoying thing is that Dave won't talk to anyone, and hides behind a certain lawyer (No, Not naming him, too dangerous).

While this situation continues, threads like this will continue to pop up from time to time. C'est La Vie.

Ralph Jordan