Budd resigns from BMG
sorry to say i have quit bmg and working for ernst jorgensen,
i was betrayed and undermined by ernst and sebastian jeansson
and i longer wish to work with such persons.
made great sacrifices to try and bring the best possible sound
to all new releases, however when i offered to do the elvis
is back material i was met by silence. in fact it wasnt until
someone else informed me that sebastian jeansson had in fact
done this release, i feel this is a shame as when sebastian
has attempted to remaster the same material he himself has
admitted that i had achieved superior results. sebastian was
offered the remastering of the elvis is back material as a
friendly favour from ernst and not offered through merit.
i had also offered to remaster all the 50s box from scratch
which considering the new 2005 reissues would have not taken
much more to do.
2005 reisues were to be just the old lp masters which sounded
very poor as this was supported by ernst and sebastian yet
i made a case for them to be completely remastered from scratch
with little support from sebastian who was just prepared to
just jog along with anything ernst said.
the end it was bmg who agreed that they should be remastered.
the end i was given 3 weeks to remaster all 3 but the tapes
i asked for were arriving as late as 3 days before the deadline
and to top it all the digital copies i was given were faulty
and i just had to do the best with what i had. on top of all
this with such a short deadline and only getting 3 hours sleep
a night sebastain was bugging me for raw copies of the few
tapes he did not have?...i then found that his reason for
doing this was to submit his own versions of the reissues
to ernst, however even sebastian admitted my cds were far
better than his versions.
was not paid for any of the work i did other than a small
sum to contribute towards costs. in fact i recently invested
£6,000 in equiptment to help get even better results for the
benefit of the fans. and especially the new sun set that was
have serious concerns over sebastians abilty to remaster the
hayride material as in the past i have found his efforts to
be poor. i have been asked why i do not wish to work with
sebastian and my answer is that when i was working on the
elvis at sun release sebastian just doubted everything i did
and just slowed down work to a grinding halt. the only influence
he has had on releases i have lived to regret. such as him
insisting that i remove the drum count in beats from take
13 of loving you. on top of this sebastian wanted me to play
no part in projects where he thought he woulf be the sole
engineer. this is a double standerd.
said i would be the main mastering engineer for all work outside
of the std engeneers yet behind my back he gave the work to
sebastian with a total disregard for our past disccusions
and the huge commitment i had made....the sun box set was
over two years of work on top of this i had found new tapes
with better sources and new material, this was at great cost
to myself with over £1,000 of phone calls alone in the last
quarter just on international calls seeking such material.
with a heavy heart i leave and i just hope the quality will
not suffer too much and id also like to thank everyone for
the great support over the last 6 months. id also like to
thank barry mclean for contributing youre a heartbreaker for
the elvis at sun release...his name was put forward by myself
but removed from the credits by ernst.
Source: For Elvis CD Collectors Only messageboard, 27 Feb