On 31/01/2012, Tom Fine wrote:
> these bargain-priced 2-for-1 CD's are another smart way to get more
> music back in print for prices akin to iTunes downloads. I can't say
> for sure, but I think the majors may be having a change of mind about
> back-catalog stuff (ie they may be realizing that when something is
> out of print, there is no chance of making any money from it, whereas
> if you can figure out how to keep it in print for a very low cost, it
> will pay off over time).
> Remastering and production on the Impulse reissues I just bought is
> all from Germany, where I think the master tapes are now stored. Sound
> quality is good, lively but not over-crunched on the Chico Hamilton
> and Coleman Hawkins CDs. I have three of the four total albums on
> original LPs so I'll compare tonight.
EMI has had a 2-LPs-on-one-CD series for Capitol records from the 50s
and early 60s for several years. These are mostly singers with dance
band backing - Peggy Lee, for instance.
In the UK, records from before 1962 are still out of copyright, and Avid
records are running a successful series of 2-CD packs containing either
"Four Classic Albums" or "Three Classic Albums Plus". Mostly 1950s mono
jazz, some popular (Eartha Kitt, for instance). The transfers from vinyl are
good, in my opinion.
The Mercury box is one of many big sets issued over the past few years.
The jump was the move to card sleeves rather than jewel boxes, and the
use of PDF files rather than printed booklets. Clearly there is a market
for such boxes, if the price is right.
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