I’ve been asked by a lot of fans if I intend to release the entire catalogue on vinyl. Were the answer as simple as “yes or no”, it would obviously be a resounding “yes”. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
In truth, it’s an issue that we’ve been dealing with for a while now. There are problems that have to be overcome before we can proceed. One of them is that we have no firm data regarding demand. Thus, it becomes an investment gamble. So here are a few points of interest. Please keep in mind as you read on that I am by no means trying to be defeatist. If I could make it happen with a snap of my fingers I would.
In the case of older releases – primary MGB releases - the original graphic work is gone. That would mean redesigning covers for those releases. While some might think that cool and unique, others would obviously prefer to own Beautiful Midnight, for example, on vinyl with the original graphics.
With the exception of Arrows Of Desire, every vinyl release to date has been a double album. When one looks at the running times of some of the albums in the catalogue, they would have to be more than two records, which means they would cost more.
In a perfect world I would prefer that all reissues be 180 to 200 gram pressings. But again, that would increase both production and retail costs. Thus, how would that impact demand?
While there has been a resurgence in vinyl, it’s hard to predict how many units of each release should be pressed, as the initial investment cost has to be weighed against potential sales of the entire catalogue. That said, one can’t use past sales figures to determine the size of pressings as it’s a niche market.
Trying to go the pre-sales route is dangerous given that a pressing has to be large enough to make financial sense. In this case we’re talking about an entire catalogue, not just a single record, so trying to do it all through pre-sales would be a protracted process that may very well not see a product in the hands of customers for months. In short, you wouldn’t be able to visit the store and find all of the releases readily available for purchase.
Your Input Is Welcome
In the end we’re talking about ten studio albums. Of those ten, only four have been pressed. Of those four, only two are still available. That leaves six albums that would have to go through the various processes.
Having laid all of that out, your input is very welcome. If you have an idea, please feel free to share it in the comments.