Craig Kallman is a good guy and real music lover. I'm with you on the
first run vs. reissue of classic titles except that the vagaries of
storage conditions mean that in some cases after 40-50 years some
masters were in better shape at the time of first release and the
practice of sourcing vinyl reissues from varying quality CD masters as
opposed to a careful remastering from 1st generation sources throws a
bit of a screwball into the overall equation...
On 7/24/13 1:19 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> This article seems less about a "trend" than about a few rich guys who
> are buying up quantity over quality so they can show off massive rooms
> of stuff to each other. I guess it's always been thus (be it wine
> cellars, 20-car garages or rooms of LP shelves), but this "trend" is
> more about accumulating than collecting. The very idea of buying 2
> copies of "every important rock album" is an accumulation process.
> The Atlantic Records guy has been profiled elsewhere. He seems like a
> decent guy who really loves music.
> Between the in-house vinyl-reissue operations at the record companies,
> Chad Kassim's vinyl empire, the revived Mobile Fidelity and other
> smaller players, pretty much "every important rock album" has been
> newly reissued, often with better physical and sonic quality than the
> original record. More and more so, the same is true for jazz from the
> stereo era. And there are many, many classical titles now out on
> reissue vinyl. My point is, except for true rarities that are likely
> to be of cultural value decades from now, I think the alleged
> "collector market" for first-issue vinyl is a big bubble.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim Sam" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] WSJ on "High end record collectors"
>> Two bits worth of trivia: John Varvatos, mentioned in the article,
>> now has
>> a retail store where CBGB's once stood.
>> On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 5:21 AM, Sam Brylawski
>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>> The Wall Street Journal is running an article on rare rock
>>> collectors. It
>>> estimates annual sales of rare records is $10 million. (Art: $10
>>> Sam Brylawski