Quick Takes On Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Elton John,
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Quick Takes On Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Elton John,
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Nick Mason have joined a growing list of music biz veterans, by issuing a joint statement slamming the music streaming service, Pandora. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the band accused the company or attempting to trick well-known artists into endorsing the service, which pays bands a fraction of what they would earn through other means -- including terrestrial radio.
Pink Floyd's statement reads in full: "Musicians around the country are getting emails from Pandora -- even directly from the company's charismatic founder Tim Westergren -- asking them to 'be part of a conversation' about the music business and sign a simple 'letter of support' for Internet radio. Sounds good. Who wouldn't want to be 'part of a conversation'? Who doesn't support Internet radio? What scrooge would refuse to sign such a positive, pro-music statement?" "Of course, this letter doesn't say anything about an 85 percent artist pay cut. That would probably turn off most musicians who might consider signing on. All it says about royalties is 'We are all fervent advocates for the fair treatment of artists.' And the only hint of Pandora's real agenda is the innocent sounding line 'We are also fervent supporters of Internet radio and want more than anything for it to grow.' The petition doesn't mention that Pandora is pushing the growth of its business directly at the expense of artists' paychecks."
Out now on Blu-ray is the Beatles' 1965 second film, Help! The set contains a single-disc pairing the digitally restored film and 5.1 soundtrack with an hour of extra features -- including a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film, modern recollections from the original cast and crew, an in-depth look at the restoration process, a recently unearthed outtake scene, along with the film's original theatrical trailers and radio spots. The disc will also feature an introduction by the film's director, Richard Lester, with an "appreciation" by Martin Scorsese included in the Blu-ray's booklet.
The Blu-ray Help! package pairs the digitally restored original film with these extra features: "The Beatles in Help!" -- a 30-minute documentary about the making of the film with Richard Lester, the cast and crew, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the Beatles on-set. "A Missing Scene" -- a legendary Help! outtake, featuring Wendy Richard. "The Restoration of Help!" -- an in-depth look at the restoration process." Memories of Help!" -- the cast and crew reminisce. 1965 Theatrical Trailers -- two original U.S. trailers and one original Spanish trailer. 1965 U.S. Radio Spots (hidden in disc menus).
Elton John will release his latest album, The Diving Board, on September 24th. Elton spoke about the set in the album's press release, explaining, "In many ways, I feel like I'm starting again, making records. Several years ago when beginning to work with (producer) T Bone (Burnett) and being in the studio with Leon Russell for The Union, I had to ask myself, 'What kind of music do I really want to make?,' and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist. That's what The Diving Board represents. I'm incredibly excited about every aspect of this album: The performances, T Bone's production, Bernie (Taupin's) lyrics and the songs we've created. The Diving Board is the album I've been waiting to make for decades."  The Diving Board will be available in multiple formats: Standard, Deluxe, Super-Deluxe and a 180-gram two-disc Vinyl set.

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