<If every American artist who had a tune nicked by a JA producer did the same we would all be the poorer.>
If every American artist who had a tune nicked by a JA producer did the same there would be very little JA music industry left. Period.
Perhaps it's time JA producers started giving credit where it's due. After all, if they sell so few records, the royalties can hardly be so huge, and if they sell a lot, they can afford it...
Clearly vast quantities of uncredited JA cover versions
are ignored by the global/western record industry, even when they're released here, either credited to the producer and/or artist or to the ubiquitous "adapted". For one instance in hundreds, I've lost count of how many times Trojan have issued The Upsetters' "Medical Operation" with a composer credit for Lee Perry, when any fule kno that it's actually "Sophisticated Cissy", composed by The Meters. Often sleeve notes even acknowledge the true provenance of a tune, and yet they're still given a JA credit.
Anyone noticed that "Mojo Rocksteady" is based on "25 Miles" by (if I remember correctly) Eddie Floyd?