What label executives say:
“I’m very excited about Verve Remixed 3,” says co-producer and Verve Music Group A&R Director Dahlia Ambach Caplin. “The opportunity to make another record working with the Verve vocal catalogue, which continually yields gems that inspire the artists and producers to create such special collaborations, combined with all the things we learned from working on the previous albums, allowed us to make a record we’re very proud of.”
“Verve Remixed 3 is a testament to the talents we worked with” says co-producer Todd Roberts. “They each transcended the idea of a remix by digging deep into the spirit of the original songs.”
And what they really mean:
“I’m very excited about Verve Remixed 3,” says co-producer and Verve Music Group A&R Director Dahlia C. “We’ve totally run out of ideas and we’re too stingily to develop and nurture new artist who doesn’t provide us with a hit record with their debut. So we’ve decided to rip the Verve vocal catalogue and give some songs to untalented remixers who doesn’t give a damn about the original artist or the song’s message. The result is a crappy piece of plastic, but it didn’t cost us anything and that’s something we’re proud of.”
“Verve Remixed 3 is a testament to the bunch of untalented blokes we worked with” says co-producer Todd R. “They each had no idea what they did but, hey, they can put a stupid dancebeat under a song and alter vocals with their equipment.”
Come on Verve…what’s the use of this project? Verve Remixed 1 and 2 had at least some A-class remixers instead of the B and C-class we get here. And some of the remixes on #1 and #2 were quite good as well. Why flog an idea to death? The unmixed album release is much better, although this lacks an overall theme that would make the songs coherent. So in the end, this is just another loveless compilation of good vocal jazz songs.
I know you can do better, Verve. After all you gave us Lizz Wright, some funky stuff from Roy Hargrove and some leftfield-jazz grooves from Me’shell Ndegeocello. And you’re still my favourite major jazz label. Although the competition isn’t really one with Blue Note and Warner Jazz being the only competitors that spring to my mind. (Does Sony/BMG have a jazz sublabel now that they have merged?). Warner hasn’t by far such an extensive back catalogue like Verve/Universal and Blue Note/EMI has lost me since they release their CDs with copy protection in Germany. I’ll never buy a CD that is copy-proctected because I want to play my music on every possible CD-player and not the ones EMI wants me to play the CDs. (I even did not buy the last Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson releases although I call them both favourite artists of mine)
There is a good reason why the Red Book standard for CDs has been developed. And I like to rip my CDs to play them as ogg (vorbis)-files on my DAP (digital audio player) and to record self-made compilation CDs. That may be also possible if they are copy-protected but it’s not legal anymore in Germany to use software to rip copy-protected CDs.
As far as I know Verve/Universal hasn’t released copy-protected CDs in Germany. So they are still a label one can buy a release from every now and then. But I really see no greater vision behind Verve Remixed 3 than cashing in on the success of Verve Remixed 1 and 2. Oh yes, I’m still annoyed about the Curtis Mayfield Mayfield Remixed and the Motown Remixed Projects and Verve Remixed 3 doesn’t make things better for me and my (slight) antipathy towards major labels.
Tracklisting of Verve Remixed 3: 1./ Nina Simone “Little Girl Blue” - Postal Service Remix/ 2. Billie Holiday “Speak Low” - Bent Remix/ 3. Anita O’Day “Sing, Sing, Sing” - RSL Remix/ 4. Sarah Vaughan “Fever” - Adam Freeland Remix/ 5. Shirley Horn “Come Dance With Me” - Sugardaddy Remix/ 6. Blossom Dearie “Just One of Those Things” - Brazilian Girls Remix/ 7. Astrud Gilberto “The Gentle Rain”- RJD2 Remix/ 8. Sarah Vaughan “Peter Gunn” - Max Sedgley Remix/ 9. Jimmy Smith “Stay Loose” - Lyrics Born Remix/ 10. Hugh Masekela “The Boy’s Doin’ It” - Carl Craig Remix/ 11. Nina Simone “Lilac Wine” - The Album Leaf Remix/ 12. Billie Holiday “Yesterdays” - Junior Boys Remix/ 13. Dinah Washington “Baby, Did You Hear?” - Danger Mouse Remix | released 2005 by Verve Records
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