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Format Follies

In my Feb. 26 letter, I voiced concern that with the rising popularity of compact discs and the decision of the major labels to cut back on the production of long-playing vinyl records, many recordings would not be made available to record buyers.

The Times edited and condensed my letter in a way that didn’t make that point clear. As a musician I feel it is imperative that future generations of musicians and songwriters have at their disposal the great wealth of recorded history that has been available to this point. I fear that the music that isn’t generating huge profits will be deleted.

It would be a shame to be able to buy only greatest-hits packages from influential bands.

Because vinyl is a lot cheaper to produce, labels have in the past kept in print many titles that won’t be profitable to keep on the shelves as CDs.

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MARC PLATT

Culver City


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