BzaInSpace wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:14 pm
toomilk wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:01 pm
Yeah, he's saying over £3k now.
[My emboldened text]
I thought Willie's exceptionally well written personal musical memoir, was the perfect foil to Erik Morse's generic (though giving him the benefit of the doubt) well-intentioned and solidly-sourced valuable tome, which was full of pertinent facts yet plagued by the kind of repetitious hacky writing tropes Willie carefully avoided.
£3,000 for tapes with no assurance of specifically interesting content, good quality, redundant duplication of previous releases, or most importantly copyright - can realistically only appeal to the moneyed private fan and completist.
I would like to send Willie all the best wishes one can convey. He has been an extremely reliable trooper in this mix. The complexities created by the revolving artists appearing on Spacemen 3 and early Spiritualized records, present legitimate grievances I think he can fairly air, and does so with gracious humility.
Sadly this current situation seems like a desperate money grab. On the surface, it does not reflect the WBC I've conversed with privately, nor the exceptionally humble-yet-honest broker of information reflected in his own endearing published writing.
I'm struggling to recall all the specifics, around the contractual obligations of Spacemen 3 and early Spiritualized recordings. I do clearly recall reading all the public transcripts around Gerald Palmer's victory in respect of The Enid case - they are fascinating, yet required one to further reference all the law school lectures I zoned out in!
In the latter Enid case, Palmer was able to use and abuse the law via the sustained brute force he applied, combined via his willing and industrious business partner (a qualified solicitor and Officer of the Court) - plus the resources he could marshal, when more specialised legal representation was required and needed funding.
If Palmer (or other interested parties) can potentially lay claim to the copyright of any portion of these "new" recordings, any potential purchase would appear to be fraught with litigious problems.
If Willie gets what he wants, I wish him nothing but the best. However on the surface it would seem he is potentially just passing on a pile of problems - whilst not necessarily offering the expected commensurate rewards.