Major Labels Release Long Tail Music on Amazon

Sony/BMG and EMI plan to release out-of-print albums on CD through CreateSpace, Amazon's service for creating products as customers order them -- sort of like CafePress for CDs, books and DVDs.

"Through our partnerships with SONY/BMG and EMI music, Amazon customers have an even greater selection of music to choose from today," said Amazon's VP of music and movies, Peter Faricy. " CreateSpace 'Disc on Demand' is not only making out-of-print albums available once again, but it's also enabling digital-only titles and international titles that haven't been released in the U.S. to be made available on CD."

Among the out-of-print albums to be released under the plan are Henry Mancini's Hatari Soundtrack, Joe Strummer's Earthquake Weather, Cake's Motorcade of Generosity, Bill Stewart's Telepathy, Tony Williams' Foreign Intrigue Grant Green's Carryin' On. Some labels are using the service to release new stuff too, including KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic series and the soundtrack for ESPN's Strongest Man.