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  posted on 4/22/2013 at 09:24 PM
Dan Forte's review of Skydog - he is very complementary of the music, but no so much of the liner notes and personnel credits. He admits the personnel credits are a "pet peeve" and spends a good one half of a full page review critiquing the failure of Scott Billington and Bill Levenson for the incomplete or incorrect personnel info - for example, not giving proper credit to David Hood on songs by Laura Lee, Spencer Wiggins, Willie Walker and the Lovelles, and for not correcting the notes from the original release that credit Duane with dobro and slide only but not lead guitar on the Boz Scaggs work.

He also criticizes Scott Schinder's liner notes as being almost all "lifted from other sources" and for a lack of new firsthand quotes from any of the surviving musicians, saying "his rather pedestrian notes offer no description or insight about Duane's playing..."

Forte called David Hood and got some fresh quotes, both about him playing on the sessions, his recollections of a track or two, and this quote "he was a very free spirit. He didn't want to be a session player. Duane didn't want to get up for a 10:00 session; he wanted to wait 'til the spirit hit him. I guess he could read a chord chart, but he was always soloing over it anyway - totally free."

 
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  posted on 4/23/2013 at 12:29 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. Someday I might get a copy of Skydog, but, now learning that there really isn't much new in the liner notes/booklet, the only thing I want from it is that color pic of Duane and Dickey.
 

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  posted on 4/23/2013 at 05:20 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that. Someday I might get a copy of Skydog, but, now learning that there really isn't much new in the liner notes/booklet, the only thing I want from it is that color pic of Duane and Dickey.

To me the book is an extra. I bought Skydog for a collection of Duane's music. I do understand for the price and the presentation the book is important to some. For the price you'd think they'd do some more research than easy quotes of others already published.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2013 at 06:34 PM
Dan Forte is a knowledgeable music writer and a longtime contributor to Guitar magazines. I don't think his criticism is off-base as the collection does appeal to completists and I don't see why they would not have wanted the credits as correct as possible.

I was disappointed with the booklet, thought there were some factual inaccuracies in some of the short narratives prior to the credits, and was glad I got to peruse the box set before buying: because I won't plunk down $100 for it. It's nice having a lot of the music in one place but I think they could have improved it, overall, if they'd given themselves more time and more effort. And they'd have sold more than 10K copies if they'd done a little of that homework too.

I applaud them for doing it, and I hate 'sloppy'.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2013 at 06:41 PM
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I was disappointed with the booklet, thought there were some factual inaccuracies in some of the short narratives prior to the credits, and was glad I got to peruse the box set before buying: because I won't plunk down $100 for it. It's nice having a lot of the music in one place but I think they could have improved it, overall, if they'd given themselves more time and more effort. And they'd have sold more than 10K copies if they'd done a little of that homework too.

I can't speak to the credits issues, but they spent a long time creating this thing and since only 10,000 copies were made, they could not sell more than 10,000 copies.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2013 at 09:25 AM
It was done perfectly, everyone loved it, they were snapped up pronto as well they should've been
Wail on Skydog

 

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  posted on 4/25/2013 at 01:00 PM
I'm kinda of two minds on the Skydog boxed set:

1. I'm glad he's getting the recognition in the press and that folks who may not have been deeply into Duane are checking it out and that Galadrielle is out there for her dad.

2. As a serious Duane/ABB freak, I have so much of this stuff, I just can't see the point in getting it all over again. There's so many live tapes of Duane with the ABB that *kill*, I just can't get excited about hearing him in a studio session, even if I haven't got that particular single or album. The live tapes are so mind blowing that they're all I really need!

[Edited on 4/25/2013 by mistersnappy]

 

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  posted on 4/25/2013 at 10:17 PM
They can print more of any limited edition if they want. I'm betting they are upset they didn't plan better given that they only took a month to sell out.

As for your observation "They only printed 10,000 copies so they can only sell 10,000 copies"
yes. If the titanic did not sink it would be floating.

 
 


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