And what might Sir Bedivere cry today? If he was a music lover and record
fancier, he might speculate that beyond an allegedly saturated market or a
transition in forms of delivery, it is the outsized profit expectations and
organizational inability of the enormous controlling interests that have
sealed this industry in amber. He might conclude that this is true of much
of our failing economy, the inefficiency of scale and the idiocy of
single-mindedness blamed on myths of a world that has somehow changed. The
old times did not die, good Sir; they were murdered.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] early stereophony
The former "major" companies are not making new recordings either. They
are however reissuing their reissues, in bigger and bigger boxes.
All the new issues come from companies such as Naxos, Brilliant,
Hyperion, BIS, Naive, and a horde of smaller companies. Or in many cases
from the orchestras or artists themselves.
Much the same seems to apply in the pop or world music fields.
The likely sources of good reissues now would be companies such as
Pentatone that license material from the archives of the old majors. The
real concern is how the costs of maintaining the archives will be
Then loudly cried the bold Sir Bedivere:
"Ah! my Lord Arthur, whither shall I go?
Where shall I hide my forehead and my eyes?
For now I see the true old times are dead,
When every morning brought a noble chance,
And every chance brought out a noble knight.
Such times have been not since the light that led
The holy Elders with the gift of myrrh.
But now the whole ROUND TABLE is dissolved
Which was an image of the mighty world;
And I, the last, go forth companionless,
And the days darken round me, and the years,
Among new men, strange faces, other minds."
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