By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'
Guess Who Can't Release Album
TORONTO, ON -- In a recent interview from his BC music studio, Randy
Bachman told Jam! Showbiz reporter Paul Cantin that the recently
reunited Guess Who are having troubles producing a new studio album.
Actually, the problem stems from some politics with their new record
The new album doesn't have a home yet. BMG Music owns all the music
Guess Who released in the early years under RCA. Bachman sees this as
a natural route to go for the new release.
BMG however wants as part of the deal right to control the
already-miniscule royalties the band members receive from their early
albums. Currently, the band members get roughly two or three per cent
of catalogue releases. This is to be divided between all band members
and is much lower than the industry standard which Bachman states is
in the teens. In fact, it's the same rate the band had back in 1969.
Bachman, on the other hand, sees it differently. He sees the new
Guess Who as a completely different band.
"Let's walk into the room, say we've had some great history, say what
is done is done from this point forward, and let's go forward as a
new band, with a new royalty. And we'll give you a new studio album,
and we'll give you access... to some other (archive) tracks that I
was holding back."
BMG Canada seems willing to discuss an option like this with band
members, but the American branch is inevitably who makes the
JAM! Showbiz, 10 May 2001
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