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LOVED the Terry Brown interview; he is one of the good guys. And he's right — the Bonzos' version of "Jazz Disgusting Hot Disgusting Cold" is hilarious, especially for folk like me who came up during the British trad jazz period in the 50s and 60s — before it, too, was wiped out by the Beatles.
- Richard Flohil
Re: Crisis? What Crisis In Canada's Music Biz?
The vast majority of Canadian artists are not generating meaningful streams in a global marketplace dominaed by pop/R'n'B music. But there’s a chance that I’m wrong. I am not optimistic that anything will change and certainly not in the short run. What is government to do? Tell Apple and Spotify and Google that they must offer a certain amount of cancon or they will be punished? Not going to happen. So I think it is what it is and the big question is can Canadian independent labels, with the assistance of FACTOR, MEC, Starmaker et al, manage the downturn in the physical business while streaming fully scales and still stay afloat.
- Name withheld
Re - Bill King: Tales of a Vinyl Junkie
Great article, Bill. I too was a vinyl junkie, although not as bad as you. Mine started in '76 and lasted until '92. I only got to 200 LPs and a Technics linear tracking turntable, both of which I still have. I remember hearing a $1500 Bang & Olufson CD stereo system in '88. The salesman played Steve Winwood's "Oh What The Night Can Do". It sounded so tinny and bad I promised myself I would never switch to CDs. A few years later, in '92, John Mellencamp came out with an album that was only available on CD. I went kicking and screaming. I had to get a Technics single CD player with MASH bit. I hooked it up to my AKAI AA-35 receiver, and Technics 15 inch speakers. It sounded amazing. All of which I still have. Fast forward till now. I have 1500 CDs. I usually play my CDs in my writing/guitar room on the computer. When LPs started coming back a few years ago, I wondered what the attraction was, then played an old LP on the turntable. It sounded great, much better than my computer CD. Then I played the CD on my stereo system which I rarely use any more and it sounded just as good. I think a lot of people that are buying LPs now are Millennials that don't remember putting a quarter on a tone arm in the 80s because of bad quality vinyl and Boomers / X Gen for nostalgia. I can't believe a Supertramp - Breakfast In America LP is $28 new today.
- Michael Ansbro
Re - Crisis? What Crisis in the Canada's Music Industry?
A short while back, I had suggested that we need to set-up a Think Tank. At that time, my proposal was shot down big time.
The designed framework was to include all parts of our industries — Music/Artist/Radio and more.
Your writing suggests it might be time to bring that idea back, for a second try and for the good of what we all do every day.
- David Marsden, nythespirit.com
Re - Playing New Music: The Surprise Answer I Wasn't Looking For
I found the Pat Holiday column on music very interesting. He was talking about the importance of the MD to your station. In the very old days when CFRB was number one by far in Toronto, Art Collins was the MD. He knew exactly what was right for his station and would not waver from his path no matter what you said to him or what other stations were doing. One day he called me and gave me hell for not servicing him with a particular record. When I responded that I didn't think CFRB would be interested he said to me "Don't try to program my radio station for me. That is MY job." I never forgot that.
- Tom Williams