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Album review: Water Over the Bridge - Phil's Rambling Rants
November 19th, 2005
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Album review: Water Over the Bridge

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From:markiv1111
Date:November 21st, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)

CD-R

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This comment may wind up showing up twice -- I'm not clear whether or not the previous time I wrote it has wound up on LJ or not -- but there's a mild update anyway. Our sound engineer, Mark D. Sterling, has confirmed that this is a CD-R, but also says that "CD-Rs played on car stereos will ruin them" (either the stereo or the CD-R) is an urban myth; it's something some people believe, that has no basis whatever in fact, and the CD-R-ness of it all should make no difference whatever. I am thoroughly relieved, as Mark should know.

Nate
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 21st, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: CD-R

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Any CD that's not made by commercial pressing equipment, including any CD made in a computer drive, is a CD-R. Commercial pressing requires using expensive equipment with setup costs, and normally you cannot get less than 1000 made at a time (I guess a few places will charge you for 1000 and only make 500, but that's no help). If an album isn't going to sell enough copies to make the up-front cost ($1000 to $2000 for 1000 CDs, the last I heard) tenable, or they won't sell fast enough, CD-R is the only choice. I'd like to see your album sell well enough, and quickly enough, that you could handle the cost, but it's your business decision, not mine. (If I hadn't been unemployed for the last year, I would have been happy to front the money. And if cows had wings, we'd need really heavy duty umbrellas.)

As for CD-Rs in car stereos -- when I pop a disk out of my car player, it is quite hot to the touch. I don't know if it's really hot enough to shorten the life of the media, but I do know I'm not going to test it on something valuable. I'm fairly certain that it's not hot enough that a CD-R will not work after one play, but I'm not so sure about 100 plays.
From:markiv1111
Date:November 22nd, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)

Re: CD-R

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I talked a bit more with Mark Sterling. Hot CDs or no hot CDs, he is still of the opinion that this is *completely* an urban legend. Louie and I, though, have also talked, and want to let you and the people who read your reviews (not to mention everybody else) know that if one of our CDs goes bad, we will replace it at no charge (including reimbursing your shipping expenses) as soon as possible (72-hour turnaround time or less). Given this commitment on our part, I'm going to be very curious as to whether your copy of *Water Over the Bridge* goes bad played in your car stereo; given how well I know Mark (a total expert) my bets are with him.
(He did say, though, that if there was such a thing as a CD player that would be hazardous to a CD-R and not to other CDs, it would have to be a very old car stereo. I'm not sure what to do with this bit.)

Nate
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From:tigertoy
Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)

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I will put it in the car CD collection, then, and I'll let you know if I have any trouble.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 22nd, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)

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I have a CD car carrier that holds over a 100 CDs, all of which are CDRs, none of which have ever gone bad, and many quite a few years old now.
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