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Thread #101458   Message #2053184
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
16-May-07 - 02:23 AM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Thanks George for being civilised!!
Yes, I am working on new projects, gigging etc.
Your point re the album that has rocketed in value is interesting (Wish I could say the same for my copies of the first CROWS LP!!)

But, that is just our LPs we are talking about, and in which we were involved in the production of.

So my feelings for mine, and yours for yours are very personal. Fair enough.

As I said days ago, I'm in the lucky position to have bought the rights/mastertapes/multitracks of the original recordings, in a very civilised manner from Roger Holt (MD of the now defunct Dingles label).

I cannot be sure, but I think he was making similar offers to the other artists on the label (Bonnie, can you confirm this??)

He could eaily have hung on to them, after all, he had invested lots of money in the original production of said records, but he didn't.

I, and the rest of the original band are now completely free to re-issue that LP in whatever way we like. (It's on my list of things to do!!) If we did, and it became a huge success, selling shedloads (a boy can dream) would I have to give Roger Holt a share in the profits? Legally no, but, morally, I would talk to him, and if the cash were there, I would probably cut him in in some way, as a thank you for paying for the original recording, and for looking after the tapes for all those years.
It would be done over a cup of tea, and everybody would be happy (hopefully!)

You suggest that I talk to Mr B privately, well I haven't tried I admit, mainly because I don't have the funds to purchase such a collection, and also I'm rather wary of locking horns with his legal (struck off) solicitor. I'd lose....No Doubt. Apparently. he's not averse to legal action (allegedly)

I hope that someday in the future, a company, bigger than Topic, Free Reed, Fellside, No Masters, Veteran whoever, Could make him an offer that he would accept.

Over to you Dave, How much do you want??

Name your price, and we will see if we can match it.
Going back to the original point. While you are hanging on to these recordings, people are dying.

An aside here, a year or so ago, Sid Long (Notts Alliance) sadly died. After the funeral, there was a concert for him, which I was asked to do PA for. As usual, I put a DAT M/C on the desk and recorded it. I'm not sure how many copies of the subsequent CD were sold, but, I was very pleased to have done such a thing in Sids memory. All profits went to charity.
The Folk scene is very small, not a lot of money in it, never was, never will be.
If Dave Bulmer wants to keep all this material for himself....Fine

But, it's very sad for everyone else.

Really Kind Regards

Ralphie