In this whole thread,so far,I see not one word about the Classic Records pressings.
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:26 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Mercury 51-CD box set now officially set for USA and Europe markets
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