Noticing recent threads on vinyl re-issues and the general level of re-issues (across formats, inc streaming) which are hitting the market (e.g. Bowie/Kate Bush), I wonder how many times we've paid for the same LP/content i.e. not including 2nd-hand purchases or the free-downloads)…….and why do we keep buying the same thing over and over again!? What are we hoping for, given the underlying tapes et al must be compromised after all this time albeit, I suspect, better processing may balance this out. It's often recorded on the Forum that original pressings are the best version.
IIRC, Richard mentioned on a thread he's has 5 copies of Love Over Gold (all vinyl?) and may be interested in a 6th, if MoFi produce one.
I'll own up to 5 copies of Making Movies - 2 vinyl from the 1980's (one 1/2-speed mastered copy which I scratched big time), 1 x 180g remastered from c.2014 (IIRC), and 2 x CD (one for the car), one being a remastered version from c.2014 which sounds like a vinyl version as it has so much surface noise. Mr Knopfler has done well out of me!...…..and I've only 3 copies of Love Over Gold (so far).
What about other Forumites? Some members out there must have multiple copies of DSOTM?
Japan - Gentlemen take polaroids - vinyl copies, maybe on CD too. Would have bought the half speed remaster though several comments on river of LP 2 being warped.
David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive - at least 2 LPS, both very noisy or scratched, one was when originally purchased, the second copy was not better. CD too I suspect.
Kate Bush/Pink Floyd - several LP copies of many albums, CD versions and purchased downloads in many cases.
Mansun - Six - 2 vinyl copies
Many others - often as others mention as the first one is original and possibly worn, or you gamble a new pressing or secondhand may be in better condition than when you played it on your Alba music centre (or was it Ferguson) with an old 5p piece blu tacked to the headshell to stop certain tracks jumping!
I think if we have a favourite on vinyl there's always a desire to have a backup copy of some kind just in case as you know you may not get one new in coming years again.
I also suspect I have many albums duplicated on CD or LP that I originally purchased on compact cassette when I went to University , later wishing I'd bought the vinyl, though a college pal with a Nakamichi deck dispelled any thought of it being a complete dead duck of a format.
Same goes for favourite movies - I have movies I got on VHS, later DVD, then BluRay and a few on 4k UHD releases as well as the occasional HD download from iTunes when only DVD available in UK.
Fair to say 99.9% of the public would think we're all crackers.