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This is my first time commenting on a forum, but I thought after noticing the above comments, I should test the waters and wade in. Being the Songlines art director and all..
Dan Storper wrote:I feel that albums like Mali, Republica Dominicana, Cuba, Congo to Cuba, Mali to Memphis, Brasileiro, Cape Verde, Acoustic Africa and scores of others are stronger than any other similar albums.
Dan Storper wrote:We have sold about 22 million CDs since we started in 1993.
3 albums, Cuba, Arabic Groove and French CafÃ© are each approaching 500,000 CDs sold.
5 others have sold over 300,000 and
25 have sold 200,000 or more.
Marketing helps but most sales are through word of mouth and/or people hearing the music playing in stores.
Charlie wrote:email from Dan Storper
No offense to Rough Guide, Manteca, Union Square or any other compilation label, but I'd be happy to do a comparison with 100 random people in each of a 100 countries asking them to listen to the albums and I'd wager $100 to a $1 that Putumayo's CDs would be selected 9 out of 10 times. In fact, one of the most consistent comments I receive is how much more people enjoy our CDs than other companiesâ€™ compilations. In fact, I believe that the inconsistency of the tracks on those companiesâ€™ albums probably has hindered the development of world music fans in the UK.
Papa M wrote:With the greatest respect - I don't think that such an arrogant and far fetched claim will win you many friends, nor will it give your label much credibility.
Charlie wrote:Not necessarily arrogant - if Dan doesn't say it, who will say it for him?
Not necessarily arrogant - if Dan doesn't say it, who will say it for him? How else to explain the low sales of other compilations? I agree with him that most compilations are poorly-sequenced.
howard male wrote:
In Putumayo's case isn't it more down to the fact their CDs can be purchased in thousands of locations that other CDs do not reach? And that these places are conducive to the spontaneous purchase of brightly coloured things which will improve your life? I would imagine large sales figures are more the result of the fact that 'Arabic Groove,' or whatever, is dreamily picked up at the same time as someone is purchasing a coffee and a blueberry muffin, rather than the fact that the songs are in a more pleasing order than the songs on a comparable CD.
And is there something morally wrong with an impulse buy? Some of my favorite music has been bought that way! What are you saying Howard? That unless a purchase has been carefully researched with due diligence and backed by the seal of approval of proper critics such as your good self who define and demarcate whether the music is appropriate to and representative of World Music and meets certain standards, it's not valid?
howard male wrote:I wasn't saying there was anything wrong with an adventurous muffin chomper making a spontaneous purchasing decision.
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