Opal - Early Recordings/Happy Nightmare Baby

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the 'immoral' statement makes me assume that there was some assertion on Roback or his estate's part that would have denied any funds going to Kendra. Did they hate each other?

akm, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:02 (two months ago) link

well that's depressing!

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:04 (two months ago) link

Low would be great for a tribute album.

akm, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:04 (two months ago) link

there's already four Opal tribute albums, the last one was called Seasons of Your Day

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:07 (two months ago) link

haha, really? well i missed those.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:14 (two months ago) link

oh lol, i get it now.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:15 (two months ago) link

Wouldn't mind hearing William Reid sing "She's a Diamond".

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:50 (two months ago) link

so weird that they are going to destroy the remaining copies of this. I get that they can't sell them but surely they could give them away, at least?

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:06 (two months ago) link

that's a pretty typical aftereffect of these kinds of injunctions, iirc. like Prince w/the Black Album.

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:10 (two months ago) link

it's hard to believe this band or anyone associated with it has the legal or financial wherewithal to impose any kind of injunction though.

akm, Thursday, 12 November 2020 03:48 (two months ago) link

I'm guessing they made a fair amount of money from Mazzy Star over the years, especially "Fade Into You"

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 November 2020 04:07 (two months ago) link

Roback and Hope, yes. But Roback is deceased. So I guess this falls to whoever is handling the estate, or whoever owns the rights to these recordings; I also know, from the little I've dealt with the American music club reissues, that dealing with rights holders for independent music from the 80's and 90's is a complete pain in the ass. Hats off to Light in the Attic and Omnivore and other reissue labels that have the patience to deal with it

akm, Thursday, 12 November 2020 04:13 (two months ago) link

I mean yeah, remember that Happy Nightmare Baby was released on SST!

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Thursday, 12 November 2020 04:18 (two months ago) link

I believe it was a similar rights issue that kept the Game Theory records out of print in Scott Miller's lifetime, after Enigma Records had collapsed.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 12 November 2020 04:20 (two months ago) link

So sad that there's this kinda of wrangling over what must be a thin gruel of royalties

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Thursday, 12 November 2020 14:56 (two months ago) link

exactly. Pat clarified on twitter that the rights are owned 50/50 but Roback's demands were unacceptable. Hard to understand what kind of demands you can have when it's understood that you only own 50%. Frankly owning 50% of your rights for this stuff is pretty good.

akm, Thursday, 12 November 2020 15:05 (two months ago) link

Is the thinking sells on Discogs for $75, therefore the demand must be huge!?

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Thursday, 12 November 2020 18:19 (two months ago) link

god who knows. it's probably more along the lines of 'fade into you has made oodles of money and so there must be huge demand for his back catalogue' but I don't think reissues of Emergency Third Rail Power Trip sold out instantly and made trillions of dollars.

akm, Friday, 13 November 2020 03:51 (two months ago) link

which songs on Early Recordings II are actually Opal songs? I assume the ones where Kendra is singing, but other than that...

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Friday, 13 November 2020 19:15 (two months ago) link

seeing as some CDs were supposedly sold have the extra tracks surfaced anywhere yet? really want to hear the properly mastered Sailing Boats

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 13 November 2020 19:21 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

belated thanks to f hazel, just my webmail for the first time in months!

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 20:10 (one month ago) link

enjoy!

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 16 December 2020 01:18 (one month ago) link


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