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February 03, 2006

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gurdonark

Saturday I heard an NPR spot about small label ghostlight's impressive work in recording cast recording soundtracks of musicals.

What intrigued me, though, is why the majors say they no longer do this work.
A large record industry company executive said words to the effect of "it costs 300,000 dollars to make one, and they can take a whole year to earn their money back".

I was struck by both points. The idea that a cast album, presumably done by a polished cast capable of belting out the songs, could cost more than 100,000 dollars to make fascinated me. The notion that a one year period to recoup costs as being "too long" intrigued me.

There are dinosaurs among us, and they work for large record labels.

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