- Just thought I'd add my two cents, as the cliche goes.
'Normal' record companies still have to turn a profit, because they're
businesses. Unlike the theoretically infinite Napster, record companies
can't necessarily afford to put out every single track and remix they've
got onto CD and 12", because by the time you've paid for pressing,
artwork, distribution, advertising (optional) and the artist's cut
themselves, you could be talking about quite a big loss if nobody
actually buys it. And as was said, Hybrid are still relatively unknown
even in the UK- putting out a 5CD remix set, much as it would be lovely
for the dozens of devoted Hybrid fans committed enough to buy it, could
well just not be cost effective.
Then, on top of that, there's the fact that if it's a compilation of
remixes of other artists, then most of the time the other artists in
question will get a significant cut of the profits, making Hybrid /
Distinctive's profit margins even smaller.
That's why record companies have the right to complain. If sales margins
are pretty tight anyway (unlike guaranteed-profit-turners like Madonna
albums), then the fact that this material has already been slipped to
the fans and half-fans might further damage critical sales. But then, a
lot of the time those fans don't really make the distinction between
what is released, what could be released, what'll never be released, and
so on. Bit of a catch 22, really.
Anyway, in short I'd much rather Hybrid plugged their efforts into
pushing new material of their own rather than trying to (and potentially
failing to) cash in on the remix work they've done.