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Thread #101866 Message #2071737
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
08-Jun-07 - 05:27 PM
Thread Name: master tapes [re:Phoebus/Bulmer !!!?]
Subject: RE: master tapes [re:Phoebus/Bulmer !!!?]
I'm rapidly beginning to think that nobody reads what is written here.
Mr O says
"In theory, wouldn't Nic be paid royalty fees for whatever songs of his are played on the radio? If the recent Topic recordign receives enough airplay, would that offset the potential royalties from the CM recordings? Would a campaign for more airplay of the recordigns that are available help in the UK?"
Ron. (with great respect)
I know just how much that Topic paid to Nic to have his knee replaced last year (and living in the US, you would have to agree that is not an insubstantial amount of dosh, not having a state health service in your country).
And that was an advance for "Game,Set,Match",
(without the MD of Topic having heard a note)
Topic have been around for a while, and although successful, are not yet millionaires, and are slightly loathe to throw what little money they have around.
And yet, they were prepared to stump up the cash, because they believed in the project.
Topics belief was born out with a lifetime achievement for Nic (with new knee!) at the BBC Folk awards. complete with standing ovation.
I rest my case on that one.
With the greatest respect. Dead or crippled people cannot re-record their work.
Others can record their own versions if they so wish. (Mary Black, Kate Rusby, et al)
Nothing wrong with that. quite like some versions of these songs, actually.
I myself have covered other artists material (with complete agreement with the artists, and PRS deals done with their companies, monies duly delivered)
I could never cover any Nic J arrangement, all the cash would go to Bulmer, and Nic would not get a penny.
Before Game, Set, Match was released, an injunction was served on Topic records by an acolyte of Mr Bulmer.
Topics reaction......GO ON THEN...SUE US!!
Record released, critical acclaim, standing ovation, big sales.
Imagine if all the lost LPs of Nic could be rested from the grasp of the Knaresborough Mafia.
Thank you chaps in the US, but this is very personal to us in the UK.
These people, alive or dead are very important to us. please show some respect. And, we will do the same for you guys. I'm sure that there are huge and not dissimilar circumstances happening over there.
After all, little people get kicked by big people all over the world.
Nothing changes, It all stays the same.
(c John Tams)