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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 label.

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 decision.

JAM! Showbiz, 10 May 2001


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