Please add my thanks to Louis's. I've just ordered a copy. I looked at
just the first ten or so of the CDs on the site you recommended and saw
several recordings I remember from LP days but never bought or heard, although I
have many Mercury LPs here. Six or seven CDs will duplicate ones I bought
years ago, Hanson/Rochester mainly, but little matter. There will be an
exciting listening voyage ahead.
Thank YOU for the posting, Louis. I hope you enjoy.
Mike Gray, author of part of the excellent "Decca Sound" box set booklet, pointed out that Amazon
doesn't yet list the contents of the Mercury box, so here's Decca Classics' info page:
Also, because I just noticed that it is pre-listed on Decca Classics' page, I'm excited to tell you
there's a limited edition 6-LP Mercury box set coming out this year:
More information to follow on the LPs, keep watching Decca Classics' website. What I can say is that
if you liked the Decca Sound 6-LP set, you'll like these.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Louis Hone" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 51-CD box set now officially set for USA and Europe markets
> 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