list Artists who own their master recordings

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by houston, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. houston

    houston Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Dallas, Texas, USA
    How many artists have ownership of their masters? I only know of a few, but maybe it's not as rare as I'm thinking...

    (1) Nancy Sinatra (at the urging of her Father)
    (2) Joan Jett
    (3) Valli/Four Seasons Partnership
    (4) Johnny Mathis (I think)

    I read where George Clinton says He retained the masters to Funkadelic/Parliament, though he does not legally have ownership rights, if anyone knows, please post...can't name anymore off hand...anyone else?
  2. OE3

    OE3 Forum Resident

    Buck Owens
    Iron Maiden
    Garth Brooks
    Motley Crue
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  3. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    Jo Stafford, at least for some of her catalog iirc.
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  4. andmoreagain

    andmoreagain Forum Resident

    Dave Clark
  5. apileocole

    apileocole Lush Life Gort

    David Bowie (or does he at the moment?)

    Barry and Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees)

    Buck passed away; no idea of the present. Same of Ray Charles and his post-Atlantic catalog.

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  6. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Buck and Ray's respective estates control the rights to the catalogs. David Bowie does control his catalog but has an exclusive deal with EMI.
  7. chosenhandle

    chosenhandle Forum Resident

    Ray Charles at ABC (If I recall correctly)
  8. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    U2 does. That why there haven't been any remasters!
  9. Nobby

    Nobby Forum Resident

    Birmingham, UK
    Pretty sure Kate Bush owns hers.
  10. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    I think Peter Gabriel does too.
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  11. metalbob

    metalbob Active Member

    New Jersey
    Metallica supposedly makes a whopping $4 per copy sold! Good for them.

    Don't forget:

    Aerosmith (somehow they managed to negotiate this back when they were almost dropped after their first album)
    David Bowie (I think)
    Frank Zappa estate
  12. metalbob

    metalbob Active Member

    New Jersey
  13. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    They don't own the Geffen stuff I don't think.
  14. clairehuxtable

    clairehuxtable Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Prince (post Warner Bros. only)
    Paul Anka
  15. I believe the Pretty Things own their masters. Maybe they would like to license them out to AF and Steve could work some of his magic.... :D
  16. Joel1963

    Joel1963 Senior Member

    I know Anka owns his ABC-Paramount stuff, but the RCA and UA stuff too?
  17. Pat Metheny (I think). Don't know about his early ECM recordings, but I seem to remember reading he owns the masters of material he recorded for Geffen, since he's able to re-release it on his new label, Nonesuch, now.
  18. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

    Livonia, MI
    I believe Curtis Mayfield owned most of his when he passed.

  19. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    He doesn't own his RCA and UA stuff.
  20. conniefrancis

    conniefrancis New Member

    Brookfield, OH
    Is there something I don't know about George Clinton? When he is referred to as "he" it is capitalized?
  21. reechie

    reechie Well-Known Member

    McCartney (negotiated a deal for his early solo stuff when he re-upped with EMI)
  22. Anthrax walked out of their deal with Elektra with the master tapes to Sound of White Noise and Stomp 442.
    They re-released these records on a different label a few years later. These were remastered (not well). A side note question: why would they be remastered (it wasn't a big selling point)? A rights issue? Elektra "owns" the earlier master (even though they let them go out-of-print)?
  23. jblock

    jblock Forum Resident

    Robert Fripp
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  24. Evan L

    Evan L Beatologist

    I think Pete Townshend owns the rights to his solo recordings...which would explain why albums on three different labels were reissued recently on Hip-O.

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  25. nosticker

    nosticker Forum Resident

    Ringwood, NJ
    I believe Zappa owned his masters, with the exception of the Angel/EMI recordings.

    How about Paul Simon?


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