It’s almost time for a sabbatical. I once had a sabbatical that lasted almost two years. I don’t recommend one of that duration. It nearly broke me [in more ways than one] but just 30 days without having to generate income would be a lovely thing indeed. I’m about to be off on a two week jaunt that will be quite the thing, but that is a vacation. I’m talking about a sabbatical.
If I were to take a 30 day break, what would I like to accomplish? Well, sitting in the back of my mind is the notion of making a ZTT Boxed Set. Sure, sure. there was a 3xCD+DVD ZTT “Boxed Set” for what it’s worth, but what I have my sights on would aim a little higher. I have a generous portion of ZTT vinyl within the Record Cell. I’m not alone there, as the releases were catnip for music fans of a certain stripe. The Trevor Horn Theam production, the XL packaging, and… almost of paramount importance… the Paul Morley liner notes distinguished the ZTT era from all others that competed with it during the otherwise moribund middle 80s period. The releases were bracing and thrilling in a visceral and, yes, intellectual way that records never were before or since.
Given a budget of $500, I think I could finally clean up the missing portions of my ZTT singles collection. It would be absolutely marvelous to make a box… a large, elaborate one, that had each single as a single 5″ CD in a paper inner sleeve with a cardboard outer sleeve replicating in excruciating detail the original releases. Much of this material is on CD, but it’s spread all over the place. Some of it remains on vinyl only and would have to be painstakingly remastered, but I volunteer for the job!
There were many ZTT singles that came in as many as 4-5 different releases [12″ format only] and I wonder… should I replicate each discrete single release even to the point of replicating tracks, or should I take the path that was done on the Duran Duran singles boxes, with every track on all of the releases consolidated on a single disc? This thought almost paralyzes me.
Next: …Further rumination