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Thread #9283 Message #59937
Posted By: Sandy Paton
23-Feb-99 - 11:31 PM
Thread Name: Stingy CD Reissues - why so few cuts?
Subject: RE: Stingy CD Reissues - why so few cuts?
I may have goofed when I put about 70 minutes from our earlier Bok, Muir, and Trickett Folk-Legacy recordings on each of our The First Fifteen Years (Volumes 1 & 2) CDs. Apparently a lot of people want to get exactly the same program they had on their old LP versions. Our later BMT recordings, and those by other good folk like Rick Fielding, the ones that went directly to CD, were also over 60 minutes long, and there are those who complain that a program of that length is too much. I dunno. I felt that since they were going to cost 50% more than the LP did, they ought to offer 50% more music. Of course, our LPs were always about 44 to 48 minutes long, so I couldn't put two of 'em on one CD. That meant re-programming, new booklets of notes and lyrics, etc., to give folks a CD of decent value.
Now I'm faced with the problem of re-releasing the old LPs on CD, just as they were originally done. At least the old booklets will be usable, saving me a lot of extra printing costs and typing. I guess these releases will still give a decent value; they're longer than many of the CDs I get from other companies. No names, but I was really ticked off when I bought a CD of a good politically radical songmaker for my grandaughter and found it only about 35 minutes long. I felt I'd been stung by his label, not by him.
Let me ask you Mudcatters this: is a 48 minute CD fair enough?