Mr. Ware brought up an extremely valid thread topic in a comment last week when he asked what albums were we still waiting for a CD of. The CD format was introduced in 1982, 34 years ago. By 1985, when I bought my first CD player, I had begun to create a want list of titles in the format, based on my vinyl holdings at the time. How I wish that I could put my hands on one of those early lists, just to see what percentage of titles eventually made the leap. My instincts tell be about 85% without doing any research.
Over the decades, I’ve come to see most of those titles succumb to the silvery disc, but even in 2016, there are some remaining holdouts. To that end, let’s discuss what titles we are still waiting for, half a lifetime later. The list that follows is based on two factors: the title in my Record Cell I’d gladly buy again on CD as well as the vinyl LP want list I have for titles neither on CD nor in my collection! So there will be titles here that I have already made CDs of from vinyl in my collection, titles I am waiting to remaster from vinyl, and even those titles I am trying to track down on LP in the first place to remaster from vinyl!
For the purposes of this list, only albums will be considered. There is another, shorter list of EPs. Singles won’t enter into it as there are so many of them, it staggers the mind. Some of those tracks from singles have seen the light of day on CD as bonus tracks and DLX RM cuts, but I’d bet that well over half of them are still vinyl only. That’s why we still buy vintage vinyl, while having a cold shoulder to the new rash of LPs. Also, there are titles that have come out on obscure, and OOP CDs. They will not be considered, since the disc is out in the wilds, even if we cannot begin to afford it.
Berlin – Information [REVO 070]
I obtained a clean copy of this LP about a decade ago and made the CD in 2011. I’m not sure who owns the masters to this; most certainly not the band, or else they might have issued it themselves. Perhaps it was down to Virgina Maccolino as the lead vocalist here. I would imagine that Terri Nunn would prefer this one to slip down the memory hole for good. Too bad since it’s got better songs that all subsequent Berlin albums.
Berlin Blondes – Building On The Sands [REVO 046]
In 2009, I finally made my CD of this album, which I had waited a ridiculously long time to finally hear, in spite of wanting it since 1980, the year it was issued. Heck, it took me until 1998 to even find the copy of the LP. Fine Scot technopop from a band that had a finite, unsuccessful career.
Black – Black [REVO 032]
In 2004, I first made my “Black: Box Rarities” featuring a wealth of non-LP Black/Colin Vearncombe material in BSOG form. The German “Black” WEA compilation LP of flop singles recorded for the conglomerate before his more triumphant run on A+M a few years later was the last “new” LP I remember buying on its release in 1987. I was buying all Black material from a UK dealer who was also a fan; an ideal situation to find oneself in! I need to remaster this one again since I now have so much more material to add.
Jacqui Brookes – Sob Stories [REVO 074]
This was a project that had been taunting me for over a decade when I finally got the bug to remaster this last year. I had gotten all of the 12″ singles for a full list on bonus tracks, only to discover that the running time was a few minutes longer than what a CD-R could hold. Being Monsatic, I gritted my teeth and made a 2xCD-R set. It’s just how we play this game! In a shock move this year, after being contacted by Ms. Brookes herself, I sent her a copy of the CD project.
There is but a compilation that covers the first three Joe “King” Carrasco albums, and that’s a cryin’ shame. His über-fun Tex-Mex “Neuvo Wavo” is a potent reminder of how much joy there was in the US New Wave brigade. I got Joe to sign this album the one time I saw him in concert.
Joe “King” Carrasco + The Crowns – Party Weekend
I actually have two copies of this one! One I bought in the early 90s and a recent copy found in the Harvest Records cheapie bins, which typically sell of as-new former record store stock still in the [slit] shrink-wrap. It’s hard to believe that the infectious “Party Weekend” was only a cult New Wave hit.
The third Joe “King” Carrasco + The Crowns album was notable for being an album from 1983 with guest vocals by Michael Jackson that did not go platinum in sales! Joe was ahead of the “Thriller” effect curve. Had this album been delayed for a year, they could have mixed MJ way up and probably gotten a Rockwell-sized hit out of it.
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