Gong – “Radio Gnome Trilogy” re-izdanje! / “DO NOT BUY THIS RELEASE!”

Rujan – 2015.

Ova objava bi prije išla u rubriku “vjerovali ili ne”, da je ima na portalu!
Radi se o obavijesti grupe i članova Gonga, u kojem se negira legalnost najavljenog re-masteriranog izlaska “Radio Gnome Trilogy”.

Izdanje trilogije se sastoji od tri vinilna LP-a, potkrepljena bookletima i memorabilijama Gonga. Izdanje je organizirano u aranžmanu Charly i BYG Records, obje iz Francuske.

Na službenim stranicama Gonga (www.planetgong.co.uk) i Tim Blakea, je osvanuo tekst u kojem se negira legalnost ovog izdanja te preporuča svim ljubiteljima grupe i potencijalnim kupcima da ne kupuju najavljeno izdanje.

Kao što je u tekstu navedeno, grupa ne raspolaže kapitalom da bi angažirala skupe advokate i na vrijeme spriječila izdavanje trilogije, te ovim apelom mole sve da se suzdrže od kupovine. Tim više, što je bilo u pripremi i za par mjeseci se spremalo izdanje autorizirane trilogije od strane matične kuće Virgin Records.

Ovo je nažalost već stara i poznata priča. Kako se vinil na velika vrata vraća u svakodnevni život, lešinari ponovo osvajaju muzičko nebo.

Povijest moderne muzike jest istovremeno povijest bezočnog pljačkanja i manipulacije s umjetnicima, koji uz talent za muziku nisu posjedovali i talent za pravo i financije. Štoviše, kako bi im zamaglile sve poglede, diskografske kuće su nabavljale drogu, plaćale tulume, ukratko, brinule se da se puleni ne dosjete pitati o financijama.

Rijetki su od samih početaka „uzeli stvar u svoje ruke“, ali i oni tek nakon stjecanja globalne popularnosti i nakon oslobađanja okova prvih (robovlasničkih) ugovora. Nije tajna i to je već u par puta izneseno od strane članova Black Sabbath, da su prve novce dobili tek po izlasku PETOG albuma!

Tekst grupe Gong donosim u cijelosti, pa sami prosudite.

Originalni tekst apela grupe Gong:

We, the surviving members of Gong, do NOT support Charly Records upcoming reissue of the Radio Gnome trilogy.
DO NOT BUY THIS RELEASE!
None of the surviving members of the lineups that created those recordings were ever signed to Charly Records.
The truth is that during the making of Flying Teapot in January 1973, the band learned that the record company – BYG Records (also known as Promodisc) – had gone bust, its Paris office stripped bare, no phones working. The band was abandoned at the Manor Studios midway through the album. Virgin – at the time just a chain of record stores and The Manor studios – was about to launch their record label.
Faced with an unpaid recording bill, they decided to cut their losses and release Flying Teapot as the second release on the new Virgin Records label. That’s the true story.
The booklet advertised as accompanying the Charly/BYG Release is full of untruths, lies and falsehoods claiming to represent Charly and BYG Records as some sort of poor victim of Virgin’s wickedness. The truth is that none of the musicians on those recordings has ever received a penny of royalty payments for the Charly/BYG releases, or even a statement. This is understandable because we NEVER signed to BYG or Charly Records as Gong.
Meanwhile, forty years later, we still receive statements from Virgin and, for those of us who cleared our advances, royalty payments, even though Virgin has since been sold to EMI and now is owned by Universal Records.
We know and can confirm as a 100% corroborated fact that the Original Masters of these albums reside in the Virgin Records Archive, and that Charly has never at any time been given access to them, so Charly’s claim to have used the Original Masters is false.
Charly has been brazenly abusing our rights as artists for decades. None of us are rich or powerful enough to sue them. All we can do is to let you, our lovely Gong fans, know that we do not support this release. We will be supporting a new boxed set to be released by Universal in a few months with our full collaboration.
REPEAT: DO NOT BUY THIS RELEASE!

Povezani članci