Column from May 15th, 2000 issue

I'd like to clarify a point of interpretation on my last column. I was not advocating turning the clock back 15 years or so! What I was suggesting is that some of the current music releases must have the same "qualities" as soon of the releases of that period which are still held in high regard. What I mean by that is production quality, varied instrumentation, and just sheer long-term worth. For instance, how many current AOR albums are doing the rounds where the drum sounds, the guitar sounds, or whatever are exactly the same throughout the whole album? Way too many, it's sloppy and shows a real lack of imagination behind the music. Something has to come out that has the sheen and class of an older release so that it can be held up as the champion of the next generation of such releases.....

I was very sadden to hear this week that US-based specialist retailer (and occasional label) Thoughtscape Sounds was closing its doors. That's just the sort of store US based readers of thus publication needed. What's even worse is that I always felt Thoughtscape showed a lot more guts than most with their own releases, by picking mainly westcoast, softer AOR releases. Labels that release that sort of albums are usually in it because they love that form of music, not because they expect to make excessive levels of money. Maybe that was the problem, but it's also a symptom of where the current music industry is at.