Joined: April 2000
||Posted: Dec. 05 2007, 20:02
@ Mark, about credits: I don't know whether this is limited to Italy or not, but when someone writes a song's title in the usual format, i.e. [Artist name] [Hyphen] [Song title], what's before the hyphen is usually perceived as referring to the person (or the people) who sang the song (or performed it, if it's an instrumental) , not as referring to the person (or the people) who wrote it. Pop/rock song credits, at least as far as I know, have always credited writers' names between brackets (like this), not in the format above. So, IMHO, the most correct credit for "On My Heart" should be "Mike Oldfield featuring Hayley Westenra", just like the credit for "Moonlight Shadow" should have been "Mike Oldfield featuring Maggie Reilly".
I think it's useless comparing all of this to classical music. What I'm talking about is the (sometimes) implicit silliness in pop/rock songs' credits. And, with all due respect to Mike Oldfield, he's not (yet) Händel or Beethoven or Mozart or Verdi or whoever else.
I also think that the "oh, but this is classical music written by Mike Oldfield and so it should be credited to Mike Oldfield and no one else" argument doesn't really work here, because we're talking about a compilation album where all of the other credits are in the usual Singer/Performer-Track title format, so why this one shouldn't be like the others?
Ugo C. - a devoted Amarokian