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Post by Michael Messer on Nov 28, 2017 9:02:47 GMT
Ken, I am seriously looking at the available options for doing this. I like the idea of it as a CD, but the only way to do that cost effectively would be as an mp3 CD. The original is a box set of three CDs and a booklet. The other option is to set it up as downloadable tracks from my website. The upside of that is that it is cheaper to set up, but the downside is that it breaks up the album into individual tracks.
Both are open to be easily bootlegged, but if I don't do anything, the project will never see the light of day again.
I think that this should be re-released. Like really. I read folks bemoaning that they cannot get it any longer and it would be so easy for me to run off copies for them. Of course that's not going to happen, partly out of respect and partly because I imagine that MM has the same opportunity yet chooses not to do so. Perhaps that is because MM would be breaking the trust with his publishers despite being the owner of the intellectual property rights? I don't know enough about the legalities. What I do know is that it's an excellent collection of CDs that deserves wider availability and mine's going nowhere soon!
P.s. I want to add that like shrinkage (shoplifting) in retail there will always be the thieves. I don't know If it's a fixed percentage in the music biz these days but it's an unfortunate and seemingly inevitable part of the cost of doing business. On the other hand, I have many friends who have struggled to pay off (and some never have ) their signing advances from record companies. It's at least a plus not to have to rely on their marketing and distribution with the attendant shackles. I recall reading that Prince made an equal profit selling 10% of his record company numbers after going independent and leaving his "former" name with the Warner bros pirates. ( don't hold me to those numbers, but I do remember it was an eye opener )
If you decide to roll with it , Put me down for a set