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Following the example of Sony (with its SACD reissues of classic Epic/Columbia titles--Szell, Walter, et. al.) and BMG (with its highly successful Living Stereo SACD reissues), Chesky could really do us all a favor by reissuing some of its analog treasures on SACD. After all, Chesky's reputation was largely established on the basis of terrific remasterings of those legendary Reader's Digest recordings. Imagine some of those performances rendered in pure DSD/SACD format: Earl Wild's Rachmaninoff concerto cycle, the Horenstein Brahms and Dvorak albums, the Fritz Reiner Brahms 4th (which Reiner described as "the most beautiful record I've ever made"), and the legendary Barbirolli Sibelius 2nd--the list could go on and on. Does anyone know if Chesky has any such plans in the works? Do you suppose an email campaign might help persuade them? What do you think?
The below post on licensing rights is right on target. The other issue is the Harry Fox Agency that represents artists wants multiple royalties for SACDs (for a multi-channel one - triple). Audio Fidelity got out of the SACD business partly due to that according to a post made by the owner. From what I understand, he got sued by the estate of one of the artists for the extra royalties. In some cases, they might not get the hi-rez rights in the same manner as some of MoFis releases have been CD only vs. a hybrid SACD. I'd love to see more of this stuff, unfortunately the business reality vs. the beauty of the music often gets in the way.
I can answer your query in two words --- Licencing Rights!
I'm sure that by now Chesky's rights to the Readers Digest tapes has long expired.
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