On 7/1/2013 8:18 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> One thing I don't understand -- assuming the master tapes for these LPs
> still exist (you'd think they would if they were always in the
> possession of the LOC), then why can't they be reissued as FLAC and MP3
> downloads via Smithsonian Folkways. It seems it wouldn't cost very much
> to digitize 1970s vintage master tapes given the vast resources of the
> LOC. They'd probably make back their digitization costs in a few years,
> sooner if they also sold downloads via iTunes and Amazon.
I was told a few years ago that such a reissue was in progress, but it
seems to have been put off, probably due to budget problems. There was a
licensing agreement with Rounder for other LoC records, but I haven't
seen any new issues of those for a while.