The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9283 Message #60036
Posted By: Sandy Paton
24-Feb-99 - 01:53 PM
Thread Name: Stingy CD Reissues - why so few cuts?
Subject: RE: Stingy CD Reissues - why so few cuts?
I'm a dedicated Scots-American, Joe, conscious of relative values. You'll notice we added a "bonus" track to the re-release of our Archie Fisher recording, The Man With a Rhyme. We had not had room for it on the original LP, but had it in the archives, ready to go, so we used it. On the other hand, our several "Golden Ring" and "New Golden Ring" recordings had no leftover cuts, so they were released as they had originally appeared. Decent length recordings, yes, but no additional material. No complaints so far, either.
One factor being overlooked in this discussion is the cost of royalties that must be added to a longer production with more cuts. This wouldn't effect traditional, public domain material, but has a limiting effect on copyright stuff. Also, when a booklet offering headnotes and lyrics is included, the higher printing bill can cause small labels to say "ouch!" Look at those 24 and 28 page booklets that are stuffed in some of our jewel cases. We even have to pay extra for the insertion, since they're too thick for the automatic devices to handle. Another "ouch."
Hope this explains some of the problems associated with re-releases.
Sandy (short for Alexander) the Scot