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In Reply to: RE: ECM on vinyl? posted by FSonicSmith on August 16, 2012 at 06:50:00
I can assure you ECM was a vinyl label as long or longer than they were a digital-only label. As eso said -- great recordings on great pressings. I was just joking with a spinning buddy the other day that finding a pristine early catalogue, West German ECM pressing is like finding a Japanese King Blue Note: it doesn't get much better, sound0wise, than that.
The other beauty of ECM vinyl is that you can pick up many titles used absolutely unplayed and for relatively cheap, since their esoteric artists and recordings were often purchased by casual listeners who spun the LP once, decided it wasn't for them, and never touched it again until they sold it off to a store somewhere. :)
I stand corrected in part. I found a bunch of these old recordings on Amazon. But I meant current offerings-brand new and recently released. It appears the one I listed is the only one.
This album was released about 2 years ago and came out as a dlx 2lp set. Buying & shpping it from Europe to the US was too expensive. I saw a few copies on Amazon from US sellers for $35 or so. Too much for me! It's a shame but ultimately it's not the greatest of what ECM has been doing lately. Not sure why they picked this LP to release on vinyl.
I would be very surprised if they retooled their operation to include vinyl and were able to bring it to the US for anything like a competitive/reasonable price.
But there are 100s of old records to explore, which, as has been noted, can usually be found for very low prices. Example: Just found a WLP copy of a Gary Burton/Pat Metheny/Eberhard Webber LP for $1 at the local Salvation Army. Looked unplayed, sounds great.
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