For many years, people have argued over (though not the way abortion and such issues are) which version of Call On Me came first. Call On Me is a famous club anthem that samples Valerie by Steve Winwood. The argument in favor of Together or Thomas Bangalter as the original creator goes like this: THomas created the track to be one of his secret DJing weapons, never intending to release it (as with Gymtonic ) Eric Prydz heard it at some point or another, and decided to cash in on this idea and made his own version. Or perhaps, Thomas couldn't get the Winwood sample cleared, and Prydz could. The argument in favor of Prydz is that Together just made their own white label remix for playing in their sets.I've done a bit more research, and I think I know exactly what happened.
The other day, Joe asked me if Power Glove Records was going to sell its music. I decided to check on what it takes to clear a sample, and discovered it'd be impossible to do that for a couple teenagers. I also discovered the process of clearance. First off, you have to make a deal with all the songwriters. That means if I were to sample a Boney M song which has 6 writers credited, I'd have to work out some deal that they'd all be happy with. Usually that's not hard. The second part is the toughie: clearing it with the record label that own the copyright to the recording. The only way around this is to get the sample re-recorded with the band itslef, or one of many services that will do this for you. That right there is the important part. See, Steve Winwood re-recorded the vocal for Eric Prydz. If you listen to the Thomas/Together version, you can hear the original instrumentation in the sample. In Eric Prydz' version, the chords are the same, but they're palyed by synths instead. No original instrumentation.
That, ladies and gentelmen, is why the Together/Bangalter version was never cleared: the record label either wouldn't work out a deal, or wanted too much. Prydz... you douche...
Having read all the sampling laws... it makes me wanna be a paralegal even more.
Together - Call On Me
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