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  1. It is definitely a lot of work. Do the rewards outweigh the time invested? I don't know. I'm gonna keep the shop open for a while and think about what direction to take. It's as shame I can't release all these killer albums I have. So much good stuff that never saw the light of day.
  2. Well hello everybody - it's been years since I posted here and probably at least 2 years since I released anything new or updated the website. It's been 14 years since I took on the Retrospect label and from 2005-2010 was able to release over 400 albums. I have seen other re-issue labels come and go , some did it better than I , some eeked out a few releases and called it quits. But most have gone by the wayside. I have made friends , I have unfortunately made a few enemies along the way and it's all been a learning process. From the cheaply made CD-R's I started with , to runs of over 2,000 that I shipped to distributors around the world....it was a good run. So what's going on with Retrospect? Well , times got tough ladies and gents. After amassing a massive run of over half a million dollars in sales for 5 years straight and then getting involved in a number of festivals....things started to change. Downloading killed the industry but what killed it the most was the ridiculous hikes in shipping charges to overseas customers. Come on , 10 years ago it was about $5 to send a cd to Japan / Germany / France / UK wherever and now it's right around $14. That's a business killer. The bottom line is , when the economy tanked , I think everyone took a big hit. Many of us never recovered. I have dozens and dozens of AMAZING HIGH-QUALITY releases in the can WAITING to be released , but the truth is....I no longer find it profitable to do so. My last releases CRASH ALLEY and RAZOR SHARP were small 100 runs because the interest was fading. Also , I lost my web designer and I am fully aware that the site needs a complete makeover. All of this costs money and I do not have this kind of capital at the moment. So what's in it for the future? Well , I am at a crossroads. As many of the old releases are selling out , and the calls to re-stock grow , I am torn between putting 100% back into this venture or just sell it off quietly and give someone else the opportunity to continue where I left off. CD's are a thing of the past BUT I do see a silver lining. I hope all of you are doing well. I made some great friends here and sparred aggressively with others. What I DO know is that many people said I wouldnt last 6 months and here we are , 14 years later. If anyone has any input , I would be happy to listen.
  3. Thanks guys , I'll have a bunch of cd's for sale there too. Pretty Boy is a must!
  4. Since Rocklahoma 2008 , I haven't been able to get them back together for another reunion show - BUT there are talks going on now!
  5. It's been a slow couple of years but we have a plethora of releases coming your way starting with these: THREE NEW RELEASES are now available from Retrospect Records: FREEWAY MAD: New British Melodic Hard Rock band with a sound deeply rooted in early 80s NWOBHM. Very likely to play Rocklahoma and tour the USA for the first time in 2015. RAGDOLL 'Rewound': This Australian Power Trio plays an excellent mix of 80's-style Hard Rock but with a modern updated vibe. Most bands get it wrong - these guys do it RIGHT. Trust me , there's a reason they have played Rocklahoma multiple times. KICK ASS!! MYSTERY '2013': With an average age of 16-17 , this young Australian Melodic Metal band have toured the world and played multiple festivals with some of the biggest acts on the planet. Mega-potential with this lot and a nicely packaged CD/DVD set. DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR 50% OFF SALE TOO!!! \m/ UP NEXT: RECKLESS 'Disorderly Conduct' (1991) - Second unreleased album from the band who borught you "No Frills" in 1987. SOLDIER OF FORTUNE - 80s Hair Metal from Florida RUNAWAY - 80s AOR / MHR from ST LOUIS plus a bunch of re-prints that y'all were asking for!
  6. Yes we are still going! We have to make room for a boat-load of new releases and we have slashed all cd prices IN HALF so YOU can help US release lots of killer new music! http://www.retrospectrecords.com LOWEST PRICES EVER!!!!
  7. Thanks for the suggestions - there IS a list of all my releases at GLORYDAZE. I'll get to work on some of those. KINGDRAGON is now available btw!
  8. Please let me know what all you'd like re-pressed. Ardent is in stock BTW
  9. Well Hi everyone. 2013 was a very quiet year for Retrospect and mainly because of the lack of sales due to ridiculous postage hikes. 2014 will hopefully see us re-joining the fray with a ton of new releases. The first being the brand new album by KINGDRAGON titled "hide the sun". Strong Melodic Hard Rock! This will be out by end of Jan. Lots more to come....please be patient - we are NOT out of business - LOL. Here is the first single from KINGDRAGON... enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwUG7fltNvo
  10. If anyone says International sales aren't down then they are living in a dreamworld. Stats prove it. My Amazon sales used to be about 40% international buyers and now I MIGHT see 2 to 5 out of 100 being Int'l customers. Since I haven't been on ebay since 2009 I don't know how that has affected auctions / buy-it-now sales but I can imagine it's pretty pathetic too. I'm not gonna throw out exact numbers but all I will tell you is this....between 2002 and 2009 I was raking in WELL into 6 figures a year. Now I'm not even making 6 figures or anywhere near it in 2013. Hence the reason why I can't release the product I used to. This government is trying to destroy online business...PERIOD. Bush kinda started it but Obama is finishing it.
  11. not really - I mean I didn't do but maybe 25 titles as DD's but for what I paid it wasn't really worth it.
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