> If you think that's nutty,then what about people who spend
> $150 and up,for the latest vinyl remasters,of stuff like
> The Rolling Stones,or The Grateful Dead,that's been
> continually in print in one form or another.
> It's no wonder critics use the term "audiophools".Like a
> broken clock,they can be right sometime.
The Grateful Dead recently announced a box set of their
Europe '72 tour. 22 Concerts, 60 CDs in a
custom-personalized "steamer trunk" for $450. Limited
edition of 7200. It won't be ready until Sepetember, as they
are still mixing the 16-track tapes, and if they don't get
at least 3000 pre-orders by April 1, the whole thing gets
I have signed up for 2 copies, one for me, and one to pay
for my copy.
The Dead released a limited edition 10-CD box set of a
certain run of Fillmore shows (in their entirety) 10,000
copies at $100 a pop. It sold out before the release date
and the day it was released, copies were selling for well
I bought one. I wish I'd bought two.
I did a quick E-bay search, and found one pristine copy in
the "Completed Auctions" that had a reserve of $2000 and a
high bid of $700.
On the other end of the spectrum, The Firesign Theater have
jsut released a compilation called "Duke of Madness Motors",
which is a collection of original radio broadcasts from
1970-1972. 60 hours of MP3s (224 kbps) on one DVD, with a
very nice book/Track listing for $45. A quick Ebay search
shows one copy available for $59.95...
I will note that (most) all of the material from these two
releases are previously unreleased material from two of my
very favorite groups.
I don't buy any of these overpriced, meticulously produced
collector re-releases of stuff I already have, but I did
recently get a 3-LP set by Guided by voices of a live show
from the '90s for $33.33 on gorgeous pastel colored vinyl.
I don't buy records much at all anymore, except on National
Record Store Day, (last year I beefed up my Savoy Brown
catalog significantly) and when I do, it has to be something
I really want that I can't get in a cheaper form.
On the "Cult" side, I recently bought a re-release of a very
rare Michael Hurley album ("Blue Navigator"), which I
already have on vinyl (scored in a used record store for
$2.99 20 years ago). This release was limited to 50 copies
and came on ... 8-Track.
That one isn't coming out of the shrink-wrap...