Friday, May 10, 2013

Take Two

We were reading a thing about re-recordings of "the classics" & were reminded of a prime example of the phenomenon, an example we once owned. Sadly, the guy typing the item remembered as well & typed it up,
When Sinatra left Capitol Records in 1960 to found his own label, Reprise Records—with the explicit goal of giving artists more control over their recordings—he made a series of albums that included re-recorded versions of his Capitol hits. The financial incentive was huge: Sinatra was still riding high, and since he owned Reprise he stood to make far more money from sales of the re-recorded records than the originals. (Even so, he had to sell the company to Warner Bros. a few years later.) [Ha ha! — Editor Bouffant] Similarly, Ponak pointed out, when Chuck Berry left Chess Records for Mercury, the first thing he did was record a greatest-hits collection, presumably at a much more favorable royalty rate, without making it clear that the hits had been re-recorded.
so we've no particular reason to quote or link to it. It's not as if any human activity's been authentic for some time anyway.

Should probably be clear it was the Chuck Berry Mercury diskL.P. we once had, not Sinatra remakes.

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