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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sylken CD wanted!
« on: August 13, 2013, 12:34:53 PM »
I am looking for a CD or CD-r of "Illusions of Light" by SYLKEN...  If you have and are willing to sell or trade a copy of this CD for a nice price let me know, please!  (lloyd@well.com)

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Marketplace / Re: Great CD titles for sale only $7!!
« on: April 21, 2013, 11:12:06 PM »
Here's a recent e-newsletter to my CD customers...
          http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1411701497
In it you'll find a link to a great list of available CD titles make an offer if the prices are too high on the rare items.  If there's an artist or title you're looking for that you can't find on the list, let me know! Thanks Lloyd

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 21, 2013, 11:07:13 PM »
GG was a good friend and I was so pleased to meet him in California 25 years ago and stay in touch through all those Backroads Music years.  I listened to, enjoyed and sold pretty much all of his CDs.  There was a subtlety to GG's recordings that spoke volumes in whispers.  Prolific, supportive, cooperative, easy-going, creative and clear about how he shared his artistry (and that of his fellow musicians) was how he consistently expressed himself in the world.  These qualities are great to strive for if you are making music.  We did a lot of trading and always stayed in touch up until the last few years.  I wish him vast space and the quietude that listening to his musical journeys always invited ....  his legacy is considerable more space left behind, also in his path ahead. Lloyd

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While I am "known" for founding and running Backroads Music for 28 years, I have developed other interests and exprtise from my experience in so many aspects of the music world. For the past 12 months, I have been preparing to launch my own "LLoyd Barde Productions".  As of yesterday that became official with the appearance of my new web site, which I am very proud of.  Please visit:  www.lloydbarde.com.  CD sales continue, and I welcome requests or want lists, even for titles not shown on the extensive list that can be easily downloaded from the CD Shop page.  Additionally, there are over 200 reviews of featured titles.  However, as is obvious, CD sales are not my only interest, as I offer many services for artists and labels, writing, DJ services and even more.  So browse a bit, lemme know what you think, and how I may be of service in expanding your musical horizons!! --  Lloyd  (415.924.4848 / lloyd@well.com / www.lloydbarde.com)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: July 15, 2009, 11:08:34 AM »
enough about all this!!  I have provided "well beyond" excellent customer service from day 1 (March 1981) until the graceful passing of Backroads Music (July 31, 2008).  Since then, for the past 12 months, I have been preparing to launch my own "LLoyd Barde Productions".  As of yesterday that became official with the appearance of my new web site, which I am very proud of.  Please visit:  www.lloydbarde.com.  CD sales continue, and I welcome requests or want lists, even for titles not shown on the extensive list that can be easily downloaded from the CD Shop page.  Additionally, there are over 200 reviews of featured titles.  However, as is obvious, CD sales are not my only interest, as I offer many services for artists and labels, writing, DJ services and even more.  So browse a bit, lemme know what you think, and how I may be of service in expanding your musical horizons!! --  Lloyd  (415.924.4848 / lloyd@well.com / www.lloydbarde.com)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: April 14, 2009, 02:22:36 PM »
That was fun!  But again I stress Lloyd (that's me) has in no way thrown in any towels.  I guess you can't say the word "closing" and have people hear the next word called "opening"...  In this case, Backroads not only closed but totally left the planet and what a blessing that is!  Opening, or as I like to say, launching, will be my new co. "LLoyd Barde productions" and CD sales will be one part of the offerings.  If you would like to see an amazing list of CDs, just send me an email.  The web site is not yet up (beyond a "place-holder page") but in the next 3 weeks or so it will become visible and viable.  You are welcome to call to ask about CDs, too, just like always.  I converse with music lovers, old and new, daily.  Mostly this happens when I am in the office, because if I'm not here, nobody is!  Anyway, there is more good music than ever, regardless of the numbers, sales, business conclusions or what have you.  Will be happy to hear from you, any and all of the you that reads this...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: February 19, 2009, 03:48:55 PM »
Mike

SOME CDs were sold at a decent margin; many were sold at virtually no margin to speak of after shipping costs (esp. imports, sold out of pure devotion) and relatively moderate overhead (if you ever saw my office you would understand!).  Selling LOTS of CDs is definitely relative. As CD sales declined, and he balance of revenue vs. profits came into focus, that statement varied dramatically from month to month and year to year, as you well know. Taken out of context from a ten-year old conversation about accounts payable is what seemed a little off to me, so I referred to your seemingly "blanket, knowing" response which, IMO, would be taken as "the word" by any readers.  It's all past and things are feeling very positive now, but then again I generally held things in that light all the way along --  just my nature. I have never disappeared or "gone away" and am pretty much available for discussing music, trends, and the inevitable "what happened to you?!?!?"  Having been very open about the ebbs and flows of Backroads Music, and how it grew from my laundry room in Greeley, CO in 1981 to a 6 million/year company with 25 employees by 1991, and then back down to pretty much just me by 2001, makes for quite a story, but the stories about that story I would really prefer to be told by me and that is why the epilogue of today becomes a prologue for tomorrow.  Thanks! --  LLoyd

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Where's Lloyd?
« on: February 19, 2009, 03:14:41 PM »
When Backroads Music "left the planet" last Fall (web site gone, 800# gone), there were no doors closed, as I have diligently continued in the same office, and am in the patient process of launching Lloyd Barde productions.  For the loyal and devoted customers (thanks to all!!) I still provide an amazing list of CDs for sale, current, older, rare, both new and previously played, and as stated, will continue to do so over the next couple years at the very least.  Simultaneously I am putting out feelers for music journalism/review writing (which i do extremely well), event production (I host a concert series in berkeley @ Rudramandir), artist representation and consulting,. DJing (aka DJ Heartbeat), and hosting events with my collaborator Elizabeth Rose Raphael, such as "Journey into Dance" etc.
If you would like to receive a list of CDs, simply send an email to me: lloyd@well.com.  And watch for the web site to appear in the next month:  www.lloydbarde.com
So what was the story?  The changing of the music biz was a big contributor --  I liken the music biz to a chalk mark on the sidewalk now -- as are the financial woes that have affected all media, business and aspects of the current state of things.  Gratefully, there is more great music now than ever, and lots of access.  I am still one of the sources for CDs, even though it is not my sole focus nor will I keep up with every title as before.  And the import titles, in particular have become difficult and too expensive to come by. 
Please note I consider this all to be a blessing, so while I have appreciated the sympathy, tragedy dramas, and "Help, where am I gonna get CDs now??" (I dunno, you haven't ordered from me in 4 yrs...!) these tunes do not need to be sung. As I said, it's a blessing and a chance to really expand and use my creativity and experience to do many of the things I love. Above all, everyone's wishing me well and expressing gratitude for the 27+ years of musical service are greatly appreciated.
I would love to hear from you --  new email: lloyd@well.com
It has always been all about the music, and that is not about to change, now or ever!
Blessings,  Lloyd

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: February 19, 2009, 03:09:13 PM »
Amazing how it's rare to ask the person involved rather than just speculate. I have the answers, esp. re: Mike's ideas about the business model, prices and overhead.  He's way off base, to tell you the factual truth.  Had I seen this sooner, i would have responded sooner.  Yes, Backroads was sold in July 2006, to a new label called New Land Music.  The guy in charge was way over represented in all regards, and though Will Ackerman was one of the principals (an old friend) he was not involved in the operation or decisions.  So while Backroads continued with a very optimistic model (old school: sell CDs, publish the BEST catalogs anywhere, provide unparalleled customer service... / new school:  cool web site, sound samples, digital downloads, label backing and many other innovative plans) and I continued to run all aspects of the operation from my little office (with the ten foot tall library), the money ran out, the poor decisions were clung to stubbornly, and the whole thing went down.  Fortunately I engineered a graceful exit and began to sell off the remaining inventory which I "inherited".  Great deals galore, and these continue and will do so well into the future.  When Backroads "left the planet) (web site gone, 800# gone), there were no doors closed, as I continue in the same office, and am in the gradual process of launching Lloyd Barde productions.  For the loyal and devoted customers (thanks to all!!) I still provide an amazing list of CDs for sale, current, older, rare, both new and previously played, and as stated, will continue to do so over the next couple years at the very least.  Simultaneously I am putting out feelers for music journalism/review writing (which i do extremely well), event production (I host a concert series in berkeley @ Rudramandir), artist representation and consulting,. DJing (aka DJ Heartbeat), and hosting events with my collaborator Elizabeth Rose Raphael, such as "Journey into Dance" etc.
If you would like to receive a list of CDs, simply send an email to me: lloyd@well.com.  And watch for the web site to appear in the next month:  www.lloydbarde.com
As far as the conjecture from Mike and others, it was not a matter of overhead, prices, poor business managing of cash and assets or anything else mentioned.  Backroads offered more bang for the buck than anyone else, from selection, devotion, prices, shipping, customer service and catalogs produced than anyone ever had or ever will.  That is the story!  The changing of the music biz was a big contributor --  I liken the music biz to a chalk mark on the sidewalk now -- as is the financial woes that have affected all media, business and aspects of the current state of things.  Gratefully, there is more great music now than ever, and lots of access.  I am still one of the sources for CDs.  And I consider this all to be a blessing, so I have appreciated the sympathy, tragedy dramas, and "Help, where am I gonna get CDs now??" (I dunno, you haven't ordered from me in 4 yrs...!). Above all, everyone's wishing me well and expressing gratitude for the 27+ years of musical service are greatly appreciated.
I would love to hear from you --  new email: lloyd@well.com
It has always been all about the music, and that is not about to change, now or ever!
Blessings,  Lloyd

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