Hi Tom,
  They do have a potential for making significant profit, given the high price ($20+ per disc) and small costs (if they do
significant restoration perhaps costly-but this is not done on everything, and certainly nowhere near studio costs for new
  Perhaps the collapse of the retail channels will force the majors to look at their legacy holdings and make them available via
this type of marketing.  IF collectors support it.
  I think "younger" music collectors are NOT interested in these packages - any under 30s here who are willing to
comment?  Electronic distribution seems to be their medium.
  Does anyone know how well BEAR FAMILY does with their massive complete packages, or for that matter MOSAIC??
  They seem to continue in business, producing magnificently produced packages.  Are they experiencing the downward
spiral in their market place, or holding their customer base?
  Best wishes, Thomas.

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This imprint is interesting:
and smart. Do limited pressings, sell directly (ie pocket all the profits). Probably distributed out
of whatever system they have left for the few small retailers that are left, or handled by a third
party like the bones of an old record club or something.


-- Tom Fine

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> Just received an e-mail announcing the launch of
> the VERVE SELECT label - limited edition CD sets
> (via HIP-O SELECT).
> First release includes
> ELLA FITZGERALD  (4CD unissued nightclub recordings)
> BILLIE HOLIDAY   (2CD Commodore & Decca masters)
> OSCAR PETERSON   (3CD "rare live, all Mercury singles, tracks from various albums, plus two
> unreleased cuts.")
> It will be interesting to see how successful this is.....
> Best wishes, Thomas.