So the Eagles have a new record out and it's only available at Walmart. There's 20 songs on two discs, and it costs $11.88. As many of us may recall, Garth Brooks released his box set exclusivly in Walmart and sold something like 20 billion copies of it. From a business perspective, it was certainly a good move for Garth. Now the Eagles have thrown their hat into that ring and more than likely, it's going to pay off for them. So, all that being said, does this bother anyone but me? Not only does it set a pretty high gauntlet for newer artists when a band like the Eagles are selling 20 songs for 12 bucks, but what's even more disturbing is the idea of Walmart becoming some weird sweat shop of a record label. Thoughts?
The way I see it is that the whole corporate giant concept is gradually taking over in every industry sector and music is now being gobbled up as well. I miss the days of the local mom and pop record shops, but alas as Dylan so eloquently once sang ..."The Times They Are A Changin". I'm afraid this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Some how we all have to learn to adapt or else we will inevitably die.
I think it is a travesty, what has happened to the music industry... Not only has Walmart ruin the price of CD's for the artist by selling them to low, but the keepers of the gate in the industry have ruin the music business as well... In the old days, it was a rite of passage just to get in a recording studio, let alone get a record deal... They have opened the flood gates, by signing to many artists... You have to regulate it like diamonds or the price & the bar of excellence will fall to low like it is now... With technology & Pro-tools, everyone is recording in there bedrooms and not in the big rooms anymore.... Don't get me wrong, I love my Pro-tools as much as the next guy, but I think you have to be careful not to fall in the trap of quantizing everything & looping your ass off & doing vocal comps, because you lose the art & magic of playing and making magical records... I hope the gate keepers come to there senses & start raising the bar again for getting signed...
True, Walmart, Cracker Barrel, Starbux....have their own labels. It used to be some artists handled their own cds in the tv market as well. I hope this is a transition period. In some ways, it is good, as the Eagles have certainly made lots of money and can keep the exposure coming (as if they need it) by selling like this, some artists make more money this way, but on the other side, it devalues an artist, and makes other artists who arent around for the long haul look like kings. I also believe there is a fine line between heart and business only in music. With all of the changes in the industry, I believe this is a transitional period.
I don't know how much of a heads up this really is for you considering the original poster is talking about "Long Road Out of Eden" which has been out for quite some time. As a third generation Eagles fan you have probably already worn your copy out and probably need to source a replacement copy? :-)