USA ship date is first week of May, for both CD and LP box sets. This directly from the UMG/Decca
folks in the US.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Randy Lane" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 12:50 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New Mercury Living Presence box sets
Mine shipped from Amazon.de to USA today for just under $120 USD including
Couldhave it as early as next Friday, but sometime the following week is
On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM, Tore Simonsen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have just pre-ordered vol 2 from Amazon.co.uk for £75 ($111) incl
> shipping to Norway
> Tore Simonsen
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> Sent: 13. mars 2013 21:44
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New Mercury Living Presence box sets
> The Canadian branch of Amazon (amazon.ca) is adevertising it at $316.91.
> Three times what I paid for the first set. Nice try but they won't get my
> 2013/3/13 Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
> > The Amazon pre-order price you linked to shows at $238.35. Is there
> > another page? The vinyl box is $186.
> > Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New Mercury Living Presence box sets
> > From: Randy Lane <[log in to unmask]>
> > Date: Wed, March 13, 2013 2:39 pm
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > The Amazon.com listing has shown up recently.
> > http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B7364H2
> > Originally showed up there a little over a week ago with a release
> > date of 04/30/2013.
> > Release date is now 05/14/2013.
> > It showed up at ImportCds.com on 02/28/2013 with a release date of
> > 04/16/2013. The release date was changed there a few days later to
> > 04/30/2013, and is now, just like Amazon.com, 05/14/2013.
> > http://www.importcds.com/music/2573757/mercury-living-presence-the-col
> > lectors-edition-vol-2
> > If the price holds at the current $112.69 and the release date is not
> > pushed back yet more, I'll likely pre-order from ImportCds.com when
> > possible, which will be after 04/14/2013.
> > On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Tom Fine
> > <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > > Since we have a number of music collectors in ARSC, I thought this
> > > an appropriate forum to announce two new Mercury Living Presence box
> > > sets. I also want to directly credit contacts made through ARSC for
> > > new release, the first mass-market release, of a rare recording.
> > >
> > > Following the success of the 2011-2012 Mercury Living Presence 51-CD
> > > box sets (the first version was released only in Asia, a slightly
> > > modified version was released worldwide last March, both are now
> > > completely sold
> > out
> > > of the retail channels) and 2012 6LP box (sold out in less than 6
> > months),
> > > UMG/Decca Classics is releasing a new 55-CD box and then a new 6LP
> > > collector box. As in the case of the previous box set, the new box
> > > uses digital masters made by the original producer (my mother) in
> > > 1990s, from first-generation master tapes. The new box includes
> > > almost all of the remaining 1990s CDs, which have been out of print
> for a few years now.
> > >
> > > Now here's the exciting news for collectors. There are two bonus
> > > discs in the new box set:
> > >
> > > 1. the 1953 mono "Rite of Spring" recording by Dorati/Minneapolis.
> > > This remaster is different from the Rite 100th anniversary box set,
> > > I think it sounds considerably better. The original George Maas
> > > cover graphics, not seen since the 1950s, are also reproduced. This
> > > is one of the fastest and most furious versions of the "Rite" ever
> > >
> > > 2. the 1969 world premiere recording of John Corigliano's Piano
> > > Concerto, performed by those who commissioned and premiered the
> > > work, pianist Hilde Somer and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
> > > conducted by Victor Alessandro. This Mercury recording was produced
> > > by Richard Campbell and engineered by Marc Aubort. The remaster was
> > > made from the original first generation master tape. An added bonus
> > > is a rare interview with composer Corigliano and pianist Somer by
> > > the late Paul Hume, music critic of the Washington Post. The
> > > interview was released on a radio-promo LP by
> > Mercury.
> > > Thanks to ARSC contacts, I was able to track down a copy of the LP
> > > at the NYPL Rodgers & Hammerstein archive. The archive staff made a
> > > great
> > transfer
> > > and thus this long-lost audio is now available to mass-market
> > > The master tape, made by Mercury's marketing department, is long gone.
> > >
> > > The 173-page booklet includes details about all the CDs in the box,
> > > all the recording/equipment/personnel data included in the original
> > > CD
> > booklets
> > > (this was not included in the first box set). Also, Mike Gray wrote
> > > a
> > great
> > > history of Mercury Living Presence, and the article I wrote for
> > > TapeOp Magazine about Mercury's microphone techniques is reproduced.
> > >
> > > The 6LP box, which will be released in the late spring, includes
> > > reissues
> > > of: "Vienna 1908-1914" (pieces by Schoenberg, Webern and Berg by
> > > Dorati/LSO); Beethoven 7th by Dorati/LSO; "Dada/Surrealism" (pieces
> > > by Milhaud, Francaix, Auric and Satie by Dorati/LSO; includes the
> > > rare original LP cover art); Saint-Saens 3rd (Organ) Symphony by
> > > Paray/Detroit with Marcel Dupre; Chadwick "Symphonic Sketches" by
> > > Hanson/ERO; and Sessions "Black Maskers"/McPhee "Tabuh-Tabuhan" by
> > >
> > > UMG/Decca Classics did a great job on these new box sets. They were
> > > very open to input and quality-control by me and my brothers, and I
> > > think they maintained the high standard for Mercury Living Presence
> > > releases that my mother established. For collectors, this will be
> > > another opportunity to
> > get
> > > a lot of high-quality music for very low cost per CD (about 1/5 or
> > > less
> > the
> > > cost of the original 1990s discs).
> > >
> > > When Decca Classics adds some marketing material on their website,
> > > I'll post the links.
> > >
> > > -- Tom Fine