Mudcat Café message #2057863 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #101458   Message #2057863
Posted By: GUEST, bystander
21-May-07 - 03:24 PM
Thread Name: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Subject: RE: Bright Phoebus/Watersons/Bulmer
Royalties - DB is within his rights to pay none where none is due, but he won't win any friends. A better ploy would be to sell the rights back to the artists and find another living where he won't be a pariah. (He's a top box player and plenty would give him work if he shaped up).

Access - it might seem an improvement if some of this massive catalogue is at last becoming available, but there is just SO much in the vault that a one-man organisation without major backing can't hope to do justice to the archive - or even preserve it properly. A better ploy would be to sell the masters (or what's left of them) back to the artists, donate the rest to someone with the necessary resources, and find another living where he won't be a pariah.

Quality - given that many of the master tapes are probably in poor repair (beyond repair?) it's logical to use vinyl for mastering. There's even something quite warm about that if it's done really really well. But putting out cheaply produced CDRs (which many shops, radio stations and customers will simply not touch) is not acceptable. It's an insult to the material. Charging the same as for a properly mastered CD is just a scandal. (You do know the difference between a CD and a CDR, don't you Dave?). A better ploy would be to sell the rights and the masters (or what's left of them) back to the artists, and find another living where you won't be a pariah.

Dave you've collected too much stuff. Too much. I know this was meant to be your pension but it's suffocating you. Life can offer other good things.

Do the deal.

(Why don't we say this to you in person? Because you've made us all afraid of you. How can that be a good thing for a salesman?)