Posts Tagged ‘Pink Floyd’


A Victory for Albums and Pink Floyd

March 11, 2010

Yeah, we know we haven’t posted in a little while. We had some power issues with the computer. Glad to say a new cord has arrived and we can post again.

With iTunes, Amazon’s MP3 store and the like, music fans often take a little bit and a little bit there and fill their iPods, Zune or whatever they use with songs they like. We accept that most people want to pick and choose their music and don’t necessarily want to buy an entire record. Heck, many artists make it easy for people to do this, as they don’t bother to release new records with the thought that maybe there could be a theme to tie the songs together. So, it is in this vein that we applaud news of Pink Floyd’s victory over EMI Group Ltd.

According to the Associated Press story, Briain’s High Court ordered EMI to stop selling downloads of Pink Floyd tracks individually rather than as part of the band’s original albums. Pink Floyd sued EMI because they contended the band’s contract prohibited selling the songs, or tracks, if you will, unbundled from their original album setting.

The band’s lawyer said Pink Floyd was known for producing “seamless” pieces of music on such albums as “Dark Side of the Moon,” The Division Bell” and “The Wall.” They wanted to retain artistic control.

EMI’s response was that the clause in the band’s contract, which was negotiated about 10 years ago, before the advent of iTunes and other online retailers, applied only to Pink Floyd’s physical albums, not Internet sales.

Anyway, we applaud this decision because we believe  albums should be heard as the artist intended. The same reason we think movies should not scrubbed clean of swearing and nudity, as a former Utah company did, to create “family-friendly” versions.  Especially since you never know who’s doing the scrubbing.


A Gift for the Ultimate Beatles Fan

February 16, 2010

You bought the stereo and mono box sets of The Beatles’ catalog. And every other remastered edition of their original 12 studio albums, plus the numerous hits and singles collections released over the decades. You also have DVDs of every feature film and documentary, Beatles T-shirts, bed sheets, blankets, etc. Oh, and you were among the first in line to purchase The Beatles Rock Band game.

So, where do you go from here? Well, if you have the capital, you could declare your love and ultimate Beatles fandemonium by purchasing Abbey Road. No, not the record or a the remastered CD.

We’re talking THE Abbey Road Studios. According to an Associated Press story, music company EMI Group Ltd. is hard up for cash and looking for a buyer for the fabled studio, where The Beatles recorded most of their music at the studio. Abbey Road is also where Radiohead recorded “OK Computer” and Pink Floyd recorded “Dark Side of the Moon.”

Apparently, Terra Firma Capital Partners, the private equity firm that purchased EMI in 2007 for 2.4 billion p0unds, needs to raise some big-time cash by June to avoid defaulting on its Citigroup loans. The AP story said the firm may need more than $165 million to survive through this year.

As the AP story noted, the famous black-and-white crossing is not included in the deal.