When I was reviewing, free records and a Friday Evening party with free
deli food was the only payment.
I suggested to the editor that even a minimal dollar amount could be
declared as income and would suffice with the IRS to write off the cost of
books and scores. Deponent said no.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 4:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] lp, cassette, 8-track cut-outs?
> Yes, this was indeed very common! I know one former music exec who still
> gets mad discussing this topic. Of course the last laugh is on this music
> exec because reviewers who sold off the product of this label at pennies
> on the dollar back in the day left dozens of dollars on the table as many
> titles' original pressings are very valualbe today.
> Reputable reviewers did not do this, for the most part. Indeed a huge and
> valuable collection of LPs has been solid off in bits recently by the
> estate of a jazz critic. He apprently kept just about everything, to the
> great benefit of his heirs.
> In later years, DJs and radio stations were as bad about this as the
> Review copies of CD's show up often in the used channel, sometimes
> still-prewrapped (but with a burn-out over the UPS symbol or a sticker on
> the wrapping indicating it's a reviewer copy). With so many titles out of
> print now, this is a Good Thing.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Olhsson" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 3:09 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] lp, cassette, 8-track cut-outs?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From John Ross: "...cut-outs were provided to retailers
>> at a much lower wholesale price, without return privileges. The hole
>> or notch or cut-off corner identified an LP as a cut-out, for which
>> the wholesaler would not issue full (or any) credit upon return..."
>> What was also very common, if not more so, were promotional copies that
>> sent to reviewers and broadcasters (sometimes by the case!) who would
>> sell them to local record stores.
>> Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
>> Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
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