"I Second That Emotion"! I too have fallen into the "why in the heck would they aka "record labels" release X, Y or Z downward spiral only to be surprised (not always!) in a good way. I learned a long time ago (86 through 91) while working for the Record Factory, Wherehouse and finally a small independent store Spirit Records while going to college, that variety really is the "spice of life" and as such have an even more eclectic and deeper appreciation for music and the "recording" arts. Where I do draw the line, however, is when the labels put out poorly mastered/remastered and/or packaged "product". Customer service, poorly packed product that gets damaged in the mail and the like is a whole other box of frogs for a different thread. I am hopeful for the future of surround/hi res and it's physical product as I have been genuinely pleased with the apparent care that has been put into much (most?) of these releases. Just like what happened to many of the independent record stores that could NOT compete against the big chains cost-wise, physical product has been consigned to being a niche market. Of note and to end on a positive note, the independent record stores are all that remain and that is do to the unwavering support of enthusiasts/collectors and just neurotic (me!) people like those who support forums like this and physical audio/video product. How you spend your money and time is up to you, but being encouraging and supportive of programs like Rhino's Quadio, SDE, Analogue Productions, MOFI at all should be a "no brainier". Being "critical" and "constructive" can be accomplished at the same time.I have been watching this and have seen way too many negative sentiments. Once again, please understand that we are a slowly dwindling breed of surround sound junkies. Just because something is released you don't want doesn't mean you have state it. I think we should be grateful that there is even an option available. I'm not saying you have to buy it, but please don't discount how potentially damaging the comments could be to Rhino in continuing to release more. Maybe next time will be more inline with your musical tastes. Buy or not, please don't make it negative. I'm not accusing anyone of saying anything bad, I am merely requesting a more positive approach or perhaps saying nothing if you don't want to buy them. Maybe suggest some titles you would be interested in for the future, express gratitude for the effort....those kinds of words are much more productive.
Just my observation. I didn't mean to offend anyone.