There are many examples of this especially with private press jazz and soul lps. The only answer I have for these is that the masters are long gone and the reissue was taken from commercial vinyl. This cannot be the case with the PHILLIPS catalog. Mysteries never cease.

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From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 18:34:12 GMT+00:00
Subject: [ARSCLIST] curious as to why the high value?

why would those Philips LPs of David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin go for so much? Was that a freak eBay sale? That material was reissued as a nicely-packaged good-sounding CD set. The original sound quality wasn't knock your socks off, although it was typical Philips high quality. The performances remain highly rated by some critics. But, if a CD set is available, why are the original LPs worth thousands of dollars? Could this have been a Philips completist buyer who got in a bidding war?

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