Crowdfunding for Vinyl: Sam Records Reissues Three LPs with Help from

by The Audio Beat | April 7, 2014

rench reissue label Sam Records is the labor of love of Fred Thomas, a photographer with such a great interest in classic jazz that he decided to reissue some of his favorite LPs. But he doesn't do this in just any way. He re-creates the original records, right down to the flat-profile pressings and their glossy European-style fold-over covers. This attention to detail led to Sam Records being honored for producing the Best Recordings of 2013.

So far Sam Records has released six titles, with two more appearing in a few months, each of which Fred Thomas funded himself. For its next reissues, however, Thomas has decided to use crowdfunding site to help him raise the money needed to release a trio of rare titles: Donald Byrd's Byrd in Paris and Parisian Thoroughfare on Brunswick, and the John Lewis/Sacha Distel set Afternoon in Paris on the Versailles label.

Support levels range from $5 to $2500, with each bringing different premiums, including Sam Records releases and printed matter. One special premium is a four-song Chet Baker EP that initially appeared on the Barclay label.

To see the details of Sam Records' campaign and contribute, visit the page here. The campaign has a goal of $29,400 and will run through May 27th, with all funds going to Sam Records to help with the reissue of LPs, even if the goal is not reached. All contributor premiums will be honored.

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