I'm Sorry Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That
I've mentioned, somewhere on this site, the reason that American Gramaphone doesn't release a set of audio CDs with remastered versions of the Original Six albums. Although American Gramaphone holds the copyright to all of the original C.W. McCall songs -- those written by Bill Fries and Chip Davis -- A.G. doesn't have possession of the master tapes. Kris & Liana Schattmann forwarded this message to me, which confirms that information:
From: "Teresa Holmes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: CW McCall
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 1999 09:34:21 -0500
Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, we don't have control of the masters so we wouldn't be able to manufacturer any of the older releases by CW McCall.
Our apologies we couldn't tell you more.
Customer Service Supervisor
And as far as I can determine, that "...control of the masters..." isn't in A.G.'s hands because Polydor, the record label that distributed the C.W. McCall albums, wants too much money for the masters. This is understandable; although C.W. sold a few albums, the potential for a profitable re-release is low, and American Gramaphone isn't in the business of losing money. Except for us drooling fanboys (and girls), most of the world doesn't care about C.W. McCall. Their loss, obviously.
What Are They Trying To Hide? Dept.
And speaking of Polydor, I've been searching their web site for a surface mail address; what better way to complain about a serious lack of C.W.? But although the site is for Polydor USA, there is no page which lists an address. There are some New York City and Los Angeles phone numbers, and addresses for other Polydor branches outside of the U.S.A., but nothing else. I am complaining to their e-mail address, email@example.com.
Lost Lake Is Still Lost
This information is from Darren & Brandee Marshall:
The search continues...
Surfin' With The Rubber Duck
Just a few places that I found this week...
- Biography for Bill Fries at the Internet Movie Database. Well, at least they know his other name.
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado By Car. Last stop! Everybody off!
- A book at the Santa Fe Public Library; note the name of the photographer. I remember once finding a Yellow Pages listing for a "Bill Fries Photography" in Montrose, Colorado, but it's not there now. The listing, that is.
Song A’ Th’ Week
Okay, so I don't travel the country; I've got a desk job, doing technical support at a software company. But the sentiment of this song applies.
Happy birthday to Lisa, on her *&^$&^)(@&!^^% birthday. (Damn static! :)
(Walt Meskell, Tim Martin)
From the album Roses For Mama.