Thursday, October 05, 2006

"No one ask no questions, no one tells on lies."

It's a sad day in the music world.

Sometime within in the past month - I noticed last night - the rules changed. "The Man", in all his infinite wisdom, decided that dedicated Sublime fans should no longer have free, no-strings-attached access to Sublime's massive underground live album collection. I am probably still weeping as you read this.

Once a repository of twenty-odd live albums, has been forced to show this on their Sublime download page. Apparently, Sublime Archive "contains unauthorized music and images of the above-referenced musical groups [Sublime and Long Beach Dub All Stars] and that such materials are available for public access without the written authorization of the owners [Universal Music Publishing Group]."

Okay, fine, I understand (although I don't necessarily agree) that we should not give copyrighted music away for free. But in the case of Sublime's early performances, there is no other way. The compilations were never released on CD and aren't explicitly the property of Universal - and therefore they won't be "public[ly]" released.

Most of the albums were recorded by pioneering Sublime fans who attended the garage shows, bar gigs, and jam sessions. The recordings are raw and natural, a true live performance experience. You feel like you are only a few seats back.

Ultimately, the albums aren't for everyone. I doubt too many folks would pay 10 dollars to hear them, which leads me to believe that Universal, assuming they even have these collections, will catalogue them, shelf them, and forget them. Sublime's earliest offerings will be lost forever.

I won't rant any further. If you want a copy, let me know - maybe we can work something out with Universal.


Post a Comment

<< Home