Disco legend Leroy Burgess went into painstaking detail criticizing two Marquis Hawkes remixes from his 1981 Logg self-titled album.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Burgess "respectfully" offered his thoughts on "I Know You Will" and "Something Else," tracks Hawkes remixed for Salsoul Records, the label that released the original Burgess album.
"I generally afford a great amount of creative latitude," he started. "[I'm] often pleasantly surprised by their ingenuity and creative choices."
"That is not the case here, unfortunately," he continued.
"Your mix of "I Know You Will," Burgess wrote, "is virtually smothered with unnecessary echoes and digital delays.. thus obscuring the entire groove, the lead and background vocals.. making the song unrecognizable."
"On "Something Else," you engaged an Auto-Harmonizer type device on the lead vocals.. transposing it a fifth down from its original position and allowed the two to play together. Further, you added more musical parts to validate the transposition.. resulting in a muddled, unrecognizable piece that's difficult to listen to."
"Your work does not do these songs justice, in my opinion," he continued. "Putting it mildly, I expected to hear some creative magic from the original suggestions I put forth.. and was sorely disappointed."
He also said he was "surprised at the execs at Salsoul Records" accepted and released these "clearly substandard versions of my work." Even going as far as saying "Ken and Stan Cayre (the company's original owners) would not have permitted this to occur.. for fear of their company's reputation."
Burgess did offer a closing statement expressing his hope that Hawkes received the comments "in the spirit of hope," but not before suggesting that Hawkes "please keep in mind that reworks derived from previously released material should demonstrate a reverence and appreciation for the original work.. as the original creators of that work may indeed be alive to hear it. And if you have an iota of respect for the work, it will be reflected in the work you do to enhance it."
Hawkes released a statement to RA, saying in part that he's "a big fan" of Burgess work, and that it "I do very much feel for Leroy, as I know what it's like when music is personal to you, and you don't want someone to come along and change it, but that's something I feel he should take up with his label."
Read the full post from Burgess here.