Captain Howdy

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  1. You mean the Yamaguchi book, yes? I'm in the US and have no problem.
  2. Based upon my extensive legal knowledge gleaned from skimming the NYT article, the cases will revolve around the potential earnings value of the lost catalogs and not any moral obligations to preserve cultural treasures. The artists won't be able to release anymore Remastered-from-the-analog-tapes Super Deluxe Limited Editions with bonus never-before-released tracks. They can argue that they've lost millions of dollars due to UMG's negligence. Plus, who knows what technology might be developed in the future that would have enabled them to re-release the material in even greater sonic quality: some day it will be ported right into our skulls.
  3. On June 11, 2002, Troupe was appointed California's first poet laureate by then Governor Gray Davis. A background check related to the new political appointment revealed that Troupe had, in fact, never possessed a degree from Grambling; he attended for only two semesters in 1957–58 and then dropped out.[11] After admitting that he had not earned a degree, he made the decision to resign, rather have it become a political issue for the Democratic Governor.[citation needed] As a consequence, he resigned from the poet laureate's position in October 2002 and retired from his post at UCSD.
  4. Hopefully UMG gets raked over the coals. Maybe then other labels will take their responsibilities more seriously.
  5. Dave Bartholomew is 100 years old! of 24 December 2018.
  6. Storyville Magazine (bound)

    Even better deal
  7. Essential Benny Goodman

    Anyone have The Essential Benny Goodman compilation? I'm trying to identify when these two tracks were were recorded and where they've previously appeared: 102 - "Bugle Call Rag" (2:57). This isn't the version on The Birth of Swing (1935-36) nor The Centennial Collection. 220 - "Stealin' Apples", live from the Roof Garden, Hotel Astor, NYC (5:31). According to the discography it was probably recorded for the Sustaining Radio Broadcast on the CBS network in 1943.
  8. Bill Doggett's Band Dressed Better

    Be careful around those collar points if you don't want to lose an eye.
  9. Black & Blue Records - CD Offer

    Were these recordings made by/for B&B in the 70s? Obviously not all of them because I see e.g. a comp of Erskine Hawkins from the 1930s when he was recording for Decca.
  10. Black & Blue Records - CD Offer

    I'm not familiar with Black & Blue. What's the skinny?
  11. Essential Benny Goodman

    And as Ted already noted, the Savory recordings sound better than any others -- at least any others I've heard.
  12. 2008 Universal Fire - How many ARGO masters BURNED UP?

    I suppose they had no way of knowing, and perhaps not that much incentive to find out. The new Times article takes for granted that the average reader doesn't even understand what master tapes are or why they're important.
  13. Essential Benny Goodman

    Why not do both?
  14. Over the winter I started working through Beethoven's complete piano sonatas (Kovacevich on Warner) and got to wondering if any solo jazz piano anywhere near as good has been recorded.
  15. Well then, good news: In January 2011, the recorded-sound section of the Library of Congress announced its largest-ever acquisition: approximately 200,000 metal parts, aluminum and glass lacquer disc masters, donated by Universal Music Group. The recordings, dating from 1926 to 1948, are among the oldest extant masters in UMG’s catalog. Physical ownership of the masters was permanently transferred from UMG to the federal government; UMG retained the intellectual-property rights. The library is free to preserve the recordings, digitize them and make them available to scholars. The label can continue to exploit them commercially. For the label, it’s a great deal, transferring preservation responsibility for some of its most fragile assets while saving on storage costs.
  16. Essential Benny Goodman

    Why wasn't 1944 instrumental version of "All the Cats Join In" included in the Mosaic box? Because it was issued on Capitol?
  17. Record contracts are notoriously slanted in the favor of labels, which benefit disproportionately from sales and, in most cases, hold ownership of masters. For decades, standard artists’ contracts stipulated that recordings were “work for hire,” with record companies retaining control of masters in perpetuity. It is a paradox of the record business: Labels have often been cavalier about physically safeguarding masters, but they are zealous guardians of their ownership and intellectual-property rights. Certain musicians, usually big stars, negotiate ownership of masters. (“If you don’t own your masters, your master owns you,” quipped Prince in 1996, at the height of a high-profile standoff with Warner Brothers.) It is unclear how many of the artists whose work was lost in the Universal vault had ownership of their physical masters, or were seeking it. But by definition, artists have a stake in the intellectual property contained on those masters, and many artists surely expected UMG to safeguard the material for potential later use. (How do I make the above a quotation?) Here's an interesting question? Would it be better if the masters were owned by the artists? In some cases probably, but in many cases it's easy to imagine masters ending up in cardboard boxes in flooded basements, or passed after death from one increasingly distant relative to another, or tied up in probate court, or simply lost.
  18. Essential Benny Goodman

    I think the double CD On the Air is comprised of Savory material.
  19. Doesn't answer the question. And if you're implying that capitalist parasites and shareholders are exclusively white, well, it's time to refill your Rx.
  20. As always, it comes down to money. Someone has to pay to store that stuff; are you going to do it? Are you willing to pay higher taxes so the gov't can do it (as if the gov't would get it right)?
  21. There are people on Youtube like Rick Beato who can isolate individual instruments in a song while analyzing it, so it's probably possible now. I don't know what software they use, but if you were so inclined you could probably procure it and fix Jarrett's music yourself.
  22. Eric Dolphy postcard.

    Cursive was designed to enable you to correspond professionally in an age before email. Imagine you want to write to ACME Industries to inquire about a job, but you don't own a typewriter. If you have a good cursive hand you can write a letter by hand and not look like a cretin. Now, imagine you're the personnel manager at ACME and you receive two handwritten inquiries, one in elegant cursive and the other in Dolphy's chicken scratch; which makes a better impression? I remember not long ago I received some piece of advertising in the mail that included a handwritten note, maybe an invitation to an open house or something, and it just looked god-awful: imagine Dolphy's hand in green ink. It had the opposite of the intended effect.
  23. Essential Benny Goodman

    BTW, FYI, this might be common knowledge but this comp contains a different version of "Oh, Baby!" (1946) from the one in the Mosaic box. In fact, there are three versions of this release on CD. Vol III: All the Cats Join In contains the original version as released on two sides of a 78. (This version can also be found on Chronological Classics 1946) Apparently the masters were lost, so The Essential Benny Goodman used alternate takes. To confuse matters more, the Mosaic box used the same version of Part 1 as The Essential Benny Goodman but yet another alt take of Part 2.
  24. Essential Benny Goodman

    Thanks. No, personnel isn't necessary.