Louis C.K. – Live At Madison Square Garden

Posted: May 19, 2017 in Vinyl
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The second of Louis C.K.’s albums to get the vinyl treatment, Live At Madison Square Garden was released by Louis’ own company; Pig Newton, Inc., in conjunction with Comedy Dynamics. This record was only pressed as a picture disc, and it comes in a picture disc sleeve. A download card is included. The audio is taken from the last of three shows Louis C.K. did at Madison Square Garden in 2015. Pressing info has not been released, and likely never will be. Discogs erroneously has this listed as an Amazon exclusive, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost every distro has, or had copies for sale at one point, and many indie record stores got copies too. Even Wal-Mart and Target have copies for sale.

When this record first came out in late 2015 the retail price for it was on the expensive side; $25. I waited over a year to buy this, and got it on sale for $15. There was no way I was going to pay $25 for a single LP picture disc comedy album. The price is a bit more ridiculous when you consider Louis C.K. has been a staunch supporter of the ‘pay what you want’ model, and cornered the market on his material by exclusively offering up both audio and video on his website utilizing the pay what you want model. His suggested price for only the MP3 files of this audio from this album is $5. So let’s just go ahead and charge 5x that price for the physical version and maybe no one will notice! I understand a physical release will cost more than $5, but charging this much for a single LP is not the right approach either. Especially when the b-side of the picture disc is shamelessly your company’s logo.

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