Thursday, 21 November 2013
'50s and '60s Lost and Found Records Vol. 1
So why do compilations like this exist? It's not simply a case of someone bunging a load of out-of-copyright stuff out there just to see what cash they can make off of it, as some of it won't lapse into the public domain for a number of years. The clue is in the company name - Master Classics Records. This is an imprint owned by The Orchard, a music distribution company which sub-licences recordings, many of them languishing with record companies who have long lost interest in them, and attempts to push them back out there for consumption. Compilations such as these, then, are presumably a sort of sampler, so actually listening to it is a bit like trying to read the Argos Catalogue.
Having said all that, the re's some good stuff on there amongst the chaff which you won't have heard, so worth a flick. My personal fave - 'If You Want This Love' by Sonny Knight. More on whom later.