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GUEST,keberoxu Flight of the Condor (BBC) (11) RE: Flight of the Condor (BBC) 01 Nov 15

Looking at second-hand sources, such as sellers at the Amazon websites, I discover that the VHS tape is, as the post above states, one hour. That is the approximate length of a single one of the three episodes in the program series. The customers complain too! One customer comment thanks the PREVIOUS customers who pointed out that the videotape amounted to only one-third of the program, and says she is going to wait until the day that the entire three hours are released in order to buy anything.

Before the Chilean group Inti-Illimani split up, there were contracts in place, renewed on a regular basis, delegating certain responsibilities to certain members of the group. For example, Horacio Salinas was the music director but did not have some of the other responsibilities. Horacio Duran, on the other hand, composed neither words nor music; but he was one of two members who took on the legal and contractual situations -- until he quit.

In 2008, after the split, an interview with Horacio Duran -- now a member of "Inti-Illimani Historico," in compliance with the arbitration ruling -- touched on this topic. Following is a translation of the pertinent excerpt.

Journalist: You made two recordings with the BBC, "Flight of the Condor" and "Return of the Condor," records which are much sought-after by collectors.

Duran: That is a problem. I personally don't have so much as a copy of the vinyl LP. I know it was never published on compact disc. They sold an enormous quantity of these records, I don't recall well, something like 200,000 copies, but it was a recorded product which was well received and which sold well, and at the time we did not know that. It is some ten years ago that I tried to contact the recording department of the BBC, since they published so many records, soundtracks of programs, of concerts. They answered that this entire line of products had been handed over to a different recording label, and from there I could not inquire or make further contact. The album remains out of print, the product isn't made any more, and that is all we know. This is unfortunate because it was an interesting disc, and we do not have the possibility to release it on compact disc, because this is a matter for the producers and owners of the recording. We were no more than performing artists, we were not producers, and thus the decision is not ours to make, because we do not own the master. We would like to have the possibility of publishing it again.

Journalist: Or should it be considered a lost recording?

Duran: Look, it is a question of conducting a search. There are vinyl-LP collectors all over the world. We ourselves know of two collectors who are very serious about it, but it has to be out there someplace. Like it or not, it sold 200,000 copies.

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