Poor, pathetic Sony
Posted by Larry Jordan on July 9, 2015, 3:37 pm
The overdub CD I produced, "ELVIS: THE NEW RECORDINGS," has apparently stirred up Sony as they have announced THEY are doing an overdub CD, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK, for release in Sept. Already fans on various Elvis sites are drawing a connection between my CD and the new Sony product because it is so out of character for them (though years ago his label did overdubs). |
Except they must not be confident about their ability to recoup their investment with "just" Elvis so they are dragging in other stars like Michael Buble to sing on it too, though they claim they are not doing Elvis "duets." Priscilla Presley has even jumped on board to promote this, raving about how "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" now sounds so great with the big orchestra. They brag Elvis will be up in the mix. (Where have you heard that before? It's one of our talking points about our CD. Geez. Can't these people be original?)
This is not the first time this sort of thing has happened. They hadn't released any Reeves product for several years until Steve Brink of H&H Music Ltd. in London released a 2 CD set I produced called "I'm A Hit Again," which saw two songs make the Top Ten and one reach #1. Then Sony scurried to issue a rehash CD on Jim.
Their pending release on Elvis must be why they are fighting so hard to keep a video off YouTube that promotes our Elvis CD. They LOST their attempt to get it taken down, and although under the DMCA they are NOT allowed to re-file, they did anyway, this time claiming it contains two songs — “Down In the Willow Garden” by the Everly Brothers and “Just Married” by Marty Robbins — which constitute copyright infringement. This is laughably absurd because neither of those songs are even in the Elvis video or on the Elvis CD and they know it!
They only did this to trigger the copyright process that will keep the video offline for another 30 days. They apparently are that DESPERATE to prevent fans from knowing about the CD. But Elvis fan clubs around the world have ordered huge quantities of this product to re-sell to their members, and are even selling it for double the retail price. It's made the Amazon best seller list several times, and has been featured in various magazine spreads around the world.
The YouTube legal dept. has been warned about Sony's latest ruse because that corporation is not too big to be targeted for legal retaliation. Stay tuned.
Sony has repeatedly attempted this sort of thing and YouTube has repeatedly reinstated our videos. SME even tried to keep one offline that contains an interview with me about my book on Jim. Can you believe it? But they lost that one too, and it is online.
How pathetic these people are.
Incidentally, it is well known, and has been for many years, that it's a lot less expensive to record a big orchestra in the UK than it is in the U.S. That's why cheapskates SME went that route, I'm sure. None other than MARY REEVES herself told me this years ago, as she was considering using British musicians on a Jim LP overdub project but then decided against it because she didn't think they'd be able to capture "the right feel." (Her words).
Labels have a tendency to over-produce when they do overdubs, and I predict the Sony release will be full of melodrama. In the case of "ELVIS: THE NEW RECORDINGS," less is more. We took a very restrained approach to augmenting his remastered vocals to add a little embellishment here and there, allowing his voice to remain the prominent feature of each track.
To hear samples of the CD Sony doesn't want you to know about, click the link below the photo...
Link: Hear samples here