27 October 2008

Jakko Jakszyk - Don't Buy My MP3's!

Want to buy Jakko Jaksyzk's solo album The Bruised Romantic Glee Club? Or releases by the 21st Century Schizoid Band? Frustrated that they are out of print, but happy to see them on a legitimate MP3 download service?

Well, don't buy the songs.

Read on to find out why:

Regular visitors to this site will know parts of King Crimson’s back catalogue was made available for downloading despite a contractual clause expressly forbidding such distribution

Jakko Jaksyzk reveals that this is precisely what has happened to titles such as his solo album, The Bruised Romantic Glee, as well as all of the albums by the 21st Century Schizoid Band. Despite digital rights being excluded from their agreements with the label, Jakko’s album has been made available at a variety of legal online providers.

As if that wasn’t bad enough the launch of the CD version of Jakko’s Glee Club album was stymied when the distributor of the record collapsed in 2007.

Despite good reviews in the music press the album has been unavailable thus thwarting many folks. However good news of sorts is at hand. “I’ve now got a company on board who want to get behind the album and it’s going to be reissued next year.” In the meantime, Jakko’s message to fans of his solo work or that of the Schizoid Band is “don’t buy any of the titles via download as the musicians aren’t getting a penny for them."

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