Kreation Records React To Warning Reissue Controversy
We at Kreation Records would like to clear up some of the details about the controversy surrounding our license of the excellent "Watching From a Distance" album by Warning for vinyl reissue.
Here are the facts. Cyclone Empire recently reissued the CD and we have worked together before so I asked them about licensing it for vinyl here in the U.S. They told me to contact Miskatonic Foundation, which originally released the "Watching From a Distance" LP. Miskatonic agreed to license it to us.
In a situation such as this, it is the responsibility of the music licenser to communicate with the artist to work out the financial and creative details. In some cases the artist can become involved with the licensee, but that is at the discretion of the owner of the music.
We were given the art to use by Miskatonic with instructions to change it around slightly, which we did. The layout and packaging came out fine and doesn't differ significantly from the CD layout.
It was not until after the records were pressed that I learned that Miskatonic Foundation did not involve the band whatsoever in this licensing, financially or creatively. I am shocked that Miskatonic went forward with this project without contacting the band.
Making this deal without Warning's permission was at best disrespectful, and at worst deliberately conniving. I paid a very large sum of money to license this awesome album expecting that some of it would make it to the band.
You can read Patrick Walker's statement which prompted the response above here.