From: "Michael Biel" <[log in to unmask]>
>> Tom -- are there some of the non-issued things, such as the monos, that
>> might have been transferred and could be used in a third box more
>> easily. Can we put in requests?? There are some of the modern Americana
>> that would be good, and the mono 1812 is a must.
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Mike, I definitely want to see more of the old mono catalog brought
> back into print. There are some new technologies that can greatly
> help the old tapes. It's expensive, though, so it's not a sure thing
> it's a viable commercial idea. Discussions are on-going. And regarding
> the monos, absolutely on the Hanson/ERO records that are in the vaults.
> But we'd have to intersperse them with stuff more likely to be popular
> like Dorati's Copland 3rd, Dorati's "Church Windows", "A Young Person's
> Guide to the Orchestra" with Deems Taylor, and yes the mono "1812,"
> which includes different cannon and bells.
> What I want to do with monos in a future box set is reissue them in the
> original LP sequences with original LP cover art on the sleeves (I have
> all the LPs so I'll provide scans, all the original art burned up in a
> warehouse fire in the 90s.]
I don't know if I have mentioned this in the past, but one time when I
was talking to David Hall -- it might have been in the phone call right
after his 80th birthday which I mentioned at his memorial -- out of the
blue he said "Have you gotten the CDs of the first mono Mercuries yet?"
I said I had seen them but didn't have them yet. "GET THEM!", he said.
"They are wonderful. We were never able to cut discs that got the full
beauty and impact of the master tapes, and these do. She did a
wonderful job on them." "Are they as you remember the master tapes?
Have they deteriorated?" I asked. "They sound just as I remember them."
I thought you and the others here would like to know this.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]