"too bad it's freaking $275!!! for some reason, i can justify spending $100 for a 6-CD dust-to-digital or miles davis outtakes comp, but almost 3x as much for a terre thaemlitz box-set?"
Two specific points:
- the discs are not industrially pressed, but done one-by-one.
- Miles Davis is dead, and therefore can receive no income from his recordings (at least as far as I'm aware)
And more generally:
Cost isn't value... but does cost give some indication of value? It's a loose fit at best.
I feel that there's a very calculative mentality at work in buying and selling music these days:
X tracks, Y dollars = Z (potential jollies) - deficiencies in quality and depreciation in 'freshness' over time.
Also, it's funny the way people will pay 50, 100, 200, 300 bucks to see a two hour performance by someone like David Byrne and Leonard Cohen, yet they'll balk at paying a fraction of that to young artists for whom even ten thousand dollars might make the difference between continuing to focus on developing their expression and having to go back to working at McBurger Wax.
...but, on the other hand, it's a tough sell to convince a consumer that a jewel-case CD is 'worth' 30+ dollars when you can 'make' the same CD at home for a buck.
...and it's also hard to justify paying to download files from certain sites when the pirates offer higher quality files with exhaustive scans of the liner notes etc, 'so I've heard'...
...meanwhile, Kompakt mp3 was running a special promo on mp3s 'X% off, while stocks last...' (perhaps a German joke?)
...if anyone's interested on some more on distro (physical, digital, past, future, etc), Terre has also written a really interesting opinion piece on her site, here:
Sound is time
Time is money
Moments are the elements of profit
...more info from Terre here, too: