Introduction to the Discussion: A Message From Quinlan Road

Dear Valued Listeners,

It’s been very interesting to learn more about the renewed interest in vinyl. As most of you will know by now, we released The Wind That Shakes the Barley on high-quality vinyl. We have also been speaking with retailers who specialize in hi-end audio equipment in order to learn more about exactly who is most-interested in experiencing music in this way. Of course we pride ourselves in keeping our menu of options as wide as reasonably possible for our audience, so we are considering releasing the entire Loreena McKennitt catalogue on vinyl and would like to get a sense if there is enough general interest, and also to ensure we are conceiving and pricing the package so that it is most-suitable for our customers.

Because we do not want to produce something for which there is little interest or produce it in a way that is too expensive for folks, we are seeking feedback from anyone who is interested in helping us shape this new initiative. Rather than conducting this research through a formalized venue of market research, we thought we’d simply make you aware of the idea and pose our questions on our message board and allow anyone who is interested in helping us shape this project, give us feedback through discussion there. We believe an open dialogue may prove more valuable than simply collecting answers to questions.

We will be undertaking this review from now until July 29th after which time we will need to have come to a conclusion about the various aspects of this proposed project.

Questions and Starting Points for Discussion will follow here shortly…
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I just received my "The Wind Meets the Barley" vinyl LP! I am so extremely happy to hear Loreena's music and voice on an LP. The depth, clarity, and warmth of the music on vinyl is superb! I think the last LP I bought was back in the late 70's, so holding an LP once again brought back so many memories. I dug out my rather high end turntable that I haven't used in years, hooked it up, and just sat and enjoyed how music should sound. I have a decent amp and speakers, and I don't care what anybody may say, you cannot compare a CD to a vinyl LP for quality sound reproduction. I am so excited, I drug out 2 boxes of old LP's to listen to once again.
I am on a bit of a quest to find as many of Loreena's older vinyl lp's as I can. So far, it is proving to be a dry market. Spent hours calling used record stores in the US and areas of Canada without any luck. I did find a Mask & Mirror album on ebay for $10 buy it now, which I quickly snatched up. Other than that, a few vinyls in England that are selling for over $125.00 ea.
As you may hae noticed, we released The Journey So Far in Argentina and Brazil in September. This recording will be available in most other markets early March. We're planning a vinyl version for retail. There is also talk about Nights From the Alhambra being released in vinyl, although that release is still being reviewed. Hope that sheds a bit of optimism on this subject. Unfortunately we are not planning to press the other catalogue titles to vinyl, but it is certainly something we've been thinking about.

Mark
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Originally posted by Mark:
As you may hae noticed, we released The Journey So Far in Argentina and Brazil in September. This recording will be available in most other markets early March. We're planning a vinyl version for retail. There is also talk about Nights From the Alhambra being released in vinyl, although that release is still being reviewed. Hope that sheds a bit of optimism on this subject. Unfortunately we are not planning to press the other catalogue titles to vinyl, but it is certainly something we've been thinking about.

Mark


Wow!! That's great news! I look forward to The Journey So Far and Nights From The Alhambra on vinyl. The only one that I am missing that has been issued on vinyl is The Visit and that has been a chore to find. Any possibility of that?? :-)

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