Yngwie Malmsteen Denounces The Sun

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Thursday, January 10, 2002 @ 11:07 AM

Yngwie Malmsteen Denounces Rec

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Yngwie Malmsteen is denouncing a recent archive recording that has surfaced and been released on CD. The album in question was recently released through Powerline Records and distributed via Megarock and features the Swedish guitar hero’s 1980 demos.

According to an official statement from Yngwi’s spokesperson, “Megarock are exclusively distributing the re-release of Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force's Birth Of The Sun album, remixed and re-mastered by Powerline Records. These recordings pre-date Yngwie's success with Steeler and Alcatrazz. This refers to a bootleg collection of old rehearsal tapes which an old Swedish bandmate of Yngwie's has had in his possession for all these years. This is NOT a real Rising Force album and is not being released with Yngwie's knowledge or permission. It is of about the same quality and legitimacy as the large number of early demo tapes which have circulated for years from Yngwie's early days. Don't be fooled into thinking this is an official release. With the renewed interest in Yngwie and the upturn in his career this past year, some people are trying to cash in on his name.”

However, Sweden's GMR Music, who handle Powerline Records, have released their own press release in response to the accusations. They claim the sessions that make up the CD were fully financed by the family of Marcel Jacob, former bass player in the band, and are fully owned by Marcel. “To the best of our knowledge it has been suggested in previous negotiations that there would be no objection to these historically important recordings being released as long as they were under control of a certain other member of the band,” reads the statement. “All royalties and mechanical copyrights are being paid. Any possible disagreements amongst members of Rising Force as to the allocation of these royalties are an internal matter of the members only.” They also point out that the recording quality may not be up to the level of many high budget releases it has been fully remixed and re-mastered and is of a far higher quality then any other previously released versions of these recordings. “It can in no way be termed as 'of bootleg' quality.”

Yngwie has yet to comment on the matters himself and there has been no response from his camp to the label’s press release.

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