It could be argued that albums which drop out of circulation did so for a reason but since the taste of the mainstream music buying public deserves constant castigation Amazon's latest initiative can only be applauded...
'Disc on Demand' is a new service the online retailer will soon start offering to bring back "coveted out-of-print albums" following a double deal with Sony BMG and EMI Music.
Titles such as 'Hatari Soundtrack' by Henry Mancini, 'Earthquake Weather' by Joe Strummer, Cake's 'Motorcade of Generosity', 'Telepathy' by Bill Stewart, Tony Williams' 'Foreign Intrigue' and 'Carryin' On' by Grant Green will be amongst the first batch brought back from the dead with CDs manufactured and shipped when customers place an order.
"This is an exciting day for music fans and Amazon customers. Through our partnerships with SONY BMG and EMI music, Amazon customers have an even greater selection of music to choose from today," said Peter Faricy, Amazon VP of music and movies. "Disc on Demand is not only making out-of-print albums available once again, but it's also enabling digital-only titles and international titles that haven't been released in the U.S. to be made available on CD. Music lovers and artists can now share and discover new music more easily on Amazon."
Rhino Records, Wind-up Records, Vanguard Records and Naxos have also signed up to the service which - given its stockless implementation - looks set only for success.
At this stage pricing details and exact availability are unknown (on such limited runs the former could prove an issue) but for those suddenly able to get a hold of music long thought dead the cost is probably a secondary concern. Expect more labels to sign up to this in the coming months.
Right, I'm off to search a good Hooverphonic album after 'The Magnificent Tree'. I'm sure it must exist somewhere...