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Mathew Fisher wins Procol Harum battle
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Written by RogorMortis   
Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Matthew Fisher, a founding member of 1960s rock group Procol Harum, has won a High Court battle over who wrote their hit song A Whiter Shade of Pale.He played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody. Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright.Fisher, from London, had wanted half but the court decided lead singer Gary Brooker's input was more substantial.Fisher's claim for back royalties - of up to £1m - was also rejected.For almost 40 years, the song has been credited to lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.   

"I find that the organ solo is a distinctive and significant contribution to the overall composition and, quite obviously, the product of skill and labour on the part of the person who created it," the judge said.
Now a computer programmer, Fisher said the organ solo was inspired by composer Bach but he also had "his own ideas in his head."
The 60-year-old said he made chord changes to the original Brooker sequence and added to the work with a counterpoint to the song melody.Mr Justice Blackburne, who studied both music and law at Cambridge - followed a transcribed music score during the several occasions the song was played in court.Brooker defended his claim to be the sole writer of the tune, which still provides him with royalties - boosted by its recent popularity in the mobile ringtone market.The singer, who still fronts Procol Harum, faces paying a large part of the legal costs estimated at around £500,000.

In a statement, Brooker said his former bandmate had no right to be credited as a writer of the song: "If Matthew Fisher's name ends up on my song, then mine can come off!"
He added: "It's hard to believe that I've worked with somebody on and off since 1967 whilst they hid such unspoken resentment."I'm relieved the trial is over, but my faith in British justice is shattered."

Outside the court, Fisher insisted his case was not about the money, and he said he doubted whether he would ever play the song in public again.
He added: "I think I can assume that from now on I'm not going to be on Gary and Keith's Christmas card lists but I think that's a small price to pay for finally securing my rightful place in rock and roll history."I'd just like to say that it's a great pity that this matter could not have been resolved amicably."
The judge granted Brooker permission to appeal.

All My Loving On DVD
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Written by RogorMortis   
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
All My Loving On DVD

One of the best and most revered early music documentaries receives a long awaited release in early 2007. All My Loving was filmed and produced in the late sixties and was one of the early directorial films from celebrated director Tony Palmer. The film features rare footage of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Considered a landmark release at the time this film is shortly to be available on DVD. For more information and a short clip from the film please go here http://www.allmylovingdvd.com/

Rick Wakeman Visual Archive
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Written by RogorMortis   
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Rick Wakeman Visual Archive

Rick Wakeman has been trawling through his personal video archive in order to see just what he has got in there. As it happens there is quite a lot and so the decision was taken to release these as “Official DVD Bootlegs” in the forthcoming “Rick Wakeman DVD Archive Series” the shows will include performances from the 70’s,80’s and the 90’s. There will be one or two surprises and certainly some footage that was thought to have been lost. More details of the series and the contents will be released early in 2007 and it is hoped to launch the series within the first six months of the year.
Patrick Moraz DVD
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Written by RogorMortis   
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Patrick Moraz Live At Princeton DVD

The latest release to come from Patrick Moraz is an archive release from 1995 and is a solo filmed performance. The concert took place at Westminster Choir College Princeton New Jersey and captures Patrick’s piano work perfectly. Tracks include Blue Monk and the Intro from Best Years of Our Lives which was originally from The Story of I.

As with the albums in the series of re issued Patrick Moraz albums Patrick has personally overseen the re mastering process for this for release.

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