The cost of LP's and CD's - an observation

Back just before CD's, Albums were usually around $6-8.00, cutout less, double albums a bit more. When CD's first came out they were 'premium' items and cost $10-15.00, slowly the prices for CD's came down and records slowly all went down to a buck or two then disappeared. Now it's reversed, CD's are a few bucks, new Albums are usually around $15 to 25.00. (I didn't figure out the inflation rate, someone else can add that in) . And those cutouts can now be worth a small fortune. I just thought this reversal was interesting. Of course with Streaming, music of any quality is very cheap.


Showing 3 responses by mikelavigne

thank you for the comments about the ’Ferit Odman’ rec. we need more music recorded and played like that. :-)

I would not venture into saying that they think of current music as not being the golden age for the music they like. And they like it, no doubt about it.

well....maybe....but all we have to do is look at the 80’s music to realize how little youth liking the music might matter. in the winds of time it’s like it never happened. time has not been kind to it. i suspect today's music might not be much better.
I enjoy music. Too much great music is not and never will be on "records.’

of course, you have that quite backwards. literally the golden age of both music, and the recording process, came and went prior to digital.

it’s not just that analog is better, but that the recording process served the music and music making, much better then. and the musicians were....more special.

we do have inferior digital copies of many of these recordings, but not nearly enough of them.

few people would want only current music, in substitute for music from that classic period. let alone digital instead of analog. and there are plenty of vinyl versions of current music to keep it interesting. personally i don't want to choose so i have top flight digital. but if i had to choose, i know what it would be.
no doubt there is 80’s music i like, even love. and plenty we might all agree is beautiful. i own lots of it.

but the 80’s was not a time of huge artistic changes in music, and the best and brightest of a generation were not music makers. they were on Wall Street or writing code. the process of music making was dumbed down and made relatively trivial. pro audio guys in the 80’s were throwing away their reel to reel decks and tube mixing consoles (or were new and never even worked with them so did not appreciate what they could do) and loudness wars reigned supreme. one piece of a recording was made in this town, another in this other town across the country.

Michael Jackson and Madonna were King and Queen. god help us. :-)

your honor, the prosecution rests.

btw; i truly enjoy Michael Jackson’s and Madonna’s music.......but it’s pop stuff.....guilty pleasures. not epic. not even close.

the best of the 80’s mostly started and flourished in the 60’s and 70’s first.