My understanding is that the contract Classic had was for the recordings they did and no more. Apparently either Wilma Cozart or Philips declined to allow Classic to do any more, for reasons unknown to me. Too bad, as they are spectacular and there are a lot of better performances and pieces of music out there in the Mercury catalog than Hi Fi a la Espanol and Balalaika Favorites. As far as if there's a future in high end vinyl, I hope there is, but given the close-out pricing I've seen on a lot of the Classic RCA reissues I don't know if there's enough of us out there interested in this product to make this a viable business for Classic and other high quality record companies (witness the now defunct Wilson Audio vinyl and the Reference Mastercuts reissues). There still seem to be some Testament and Alto reissues of the EMI and Decca catalogs, although they seem to be slowing down too. Hopefully this will continue to be a small niche product; otherwise, keep combing those used record bins!
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