Thanks Tom for this posting.
I remember 15 years ago buying 5 Mercury Living presence CDs for the cost
of this new release of 50 CDs.
I just ordered the set from Amazon.ca (the release date is January 31 and the
price is lower than Amazon USA whose release date is in March - go figure,
unless it's a typo)
I got turned on to Mercury Living Presence when I bought a sampler CD with
a superb YOU ARE THERE booklet in 1995 if my memory serves me well. Nice to
see that quality work is still appreciated decades after the fact.
There's also a great article with pictures, diagrams, etc. (I'm sure many
of you are already very familiar with it) :
2012/1/28 Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> It's now available for pre-sale on Amazon:
> Decca Classics did a really nice job on this box set, in my opinion. The
> booklet is mostly comprised of the first-person history written for the
> short-lived "You Are There" sampler set, including all the archival photos.
> The CD's are re-pressings of the 1990's issues, many of which have been out
> of print for several years. All CD's were mastered by the original producer
> from the original tapes using an all-tube analog playback and 3-2 mix
> chain. This price point per-CD is vastly discounted from the original
> single-CD issues. The packaging is similar to "The Decca Sound" box, which
> appears to have sold out in less than a year of availability.
> Given the current state of the music business, and on-going seemingly
> irreversable trends in business and culture, this might be the last chance
> to buy a lot of this material on CD. In my opinion, Decca Classics has done
> a good job picking titles to include in the box and re-using the You Are
> There book (which wasn't sold widely in the US but was well-marketed and
> more widely known in Europe and Asia). And, you pay less than 1/3 the
> original price per CD for exactly the same musical/sonic product.
> I'm very excited to see all of these titles back in print and hope they
> connect with a new generation of Mercury Living Presence fans around the
> world. Hopefully, it will be successful enough that the other 50+ Mercury
> Living Presence titles on CD get back into print.
> -- Tom Fine