After not getting any answer from Katy (no surprises there I guess) on the e-mail I sent her on October 30 (see this thread) about possible re-issues I now sent an e-mail to Wendy Laister, taking the Bowie Brilliant Live Adventures series as a reference point. If I get a response I will let you know:
"At the moment I am buying the releases of the Brilliant Live Adventures series of David Bowie. This is a series 6 of his lesser known ’90 s shows. Each is released on cd and vinyl in limited numbers and in bundles which contain both and other merchandise. The vinyl sells out in hours, the cd’s in a couple of weeks. These are high quality releases for modest prices. I have enclosed a picture of the first three cd releases as I buy the cd’s as I only collect DD vinyl. But these releases (and other Bowie releases too) got me thinking again about something that has “bothered” me for some time now.
I don’t know if you are following the Duran Duran collector’s market a bit but fans have to pay more than USD 200 on Ebay at the moment just to own a secondhand copy of The Wedding Album on vinyl…rarely in good condition. Vinyl copies of Thank You start at around USD 300… And of course Medazzaland and Pop Trash have never even been officially released on vinyl, which at the time (1997 and 2000) made sense of course. Now with the vinyl resurgence these are ripe for a vinyl release. Of course I know that more people will be interested in a re-issue of The Wedding Album as that one will appeal more to the general public whereas Medazzaland and Pop Trash will appeal more to just the fans of the band. But the Red Carpet Massacre red vinyl proved that a small run sold on dd.com can also be very successful. As did John with his TTP releases.
I fully understand that the re-issue of the back catalogue is in hands of the record company and that the band probably has no say in this. And I am hopeful that with Warner now owning the complete back catalogue some great things will be released but I have to admit that it is a bit frustrating to see peers of the band commemorating anniversaries of albums with lavish boxsets and re-issues while Duran Duran does nothing with their extensive back catalogue. A nice re-issue now and then would be great to fill the gap between albums. A band that is still going strong after 40 years must have an archive filled with interesting stuff that can be included in re-issues.
The last physical single, apart from the RSD releases, was Falling Down in 2007. Why not release the fantastic cover of Five Years now as a limited 7” with proceeds going to charity? Have some product in record shops, create some more buzz. Give the fans something they can buy instead of a digital release.
The success of the white vinyl re-issue of the debut album (great that the error on Girls On Film was fixed!) and the high demand for the RSD pink vinyl issue of A Diamond In The Mind and As The Light Go Down shows that there is still a strong demand for the physical product. Of course I, as a fan and collector, always want stuff I can’t have but I really think this is something the band should explore more. I am assuming that the band records every show they play like most other artists do. Then why not make a live series in a limited run, on cd or vinyl, to be sold through dd.com or Warners DIG Store, like the Bowie series? I am realistic enough that demand for Duran will be far less than for someone like Bowie, but a limited run of 2.000 copies would be possible as that was also the number of RCM albums that sold out on dd.com (and I think extra albums were pressed as there are also unnumbered copies around).
This would open up the possibility to release shows that fans want to hear. The London 1981 and 1982, Oakland and New York 1984 and other shows have been bootlegged to death but there are so many shows that would be great to own. Things like the 2005 show with the Orlando Philharmonic, the Nasa show, Budokan 2016 complete, Coachella, the Hyde Park show with the Olympics, Rotterdam 1987 (I spoke once to Daniel Abraham and he would love to mix the rest of that show too), the MTV Unplugged (one of the best in the series), Wembley Arena 1983, rarely heard shows from 1993/1995/1995/1999/2000/2001 (the time the band toured almost exclusively in the US), etc etc. There must be so much great stuff to choose from. And as I think touring will not be happening this year (and maybe will be changed forever after this pandemic) this would keep fans interested and the band in the spotlight a bit too.
I really hope the band will look into this as a opportunity to release great stuff and also to connect a bit more with their fanbase who would like more than a new coffee mug and calendar every year."
Hear, hear! Highly sensible and given they own the rights to Medazzaland and Pop Trash I believe, money for old rope!
I would only want Medazzaland and PT reissued with bonus material otherwise there is no point.
I think DD need a project manager in charge of dealing with reissues. (I am willing to work for free )
I was unaware that Warner now controls these two albums as well. Are we certain about that?
As they were never released (officially) on the LP format I would happily take a bare bones vinyl release that was done well. Can't expect the moon for these titles which are rather obscure at this point. The cheapest option for the label is just to license it out to someone to press the vinyl. Just go back to the original sources and get the hi-rez artwork from Andrew Day. Don't give us a blown up CD cover and a CD files transferred to LP.
But I applaud any effort to grease the track here for back catalog reissues.