A new wave of cuts at EMI – but these are quite good

A new wave of cuts at EMI – but these are quite good


norman lebrecht

February 09, 2012

The latest batch of EMI releases landed on the mat, a lot thinner than usual.

Probably as a cost-saving measure, EMI has abandoned the plastic jewel case and downsized to cardboard covers.

Actually, I much prefer the slimline version, easier to handle and store, never likely to break. Who says austerity is a bad thing?

And the batch includes my absolute fave cover of the year:


  • Jane says:

    I believe Digipak’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digipak) – i.e. the packaging with cardboard covers you mention – cost *more* to manufacture than standard jewel cases.

  • Anon says:

    Indeed, they are more expensive to manufacture, as a rule.
    Retailers tend not to like them either – drop a box and they bend, so aren’t so saleable. Jewel cases are tougher.

  • Michael Smith says:

    I much prefer Digipaks. They feel nicer (more like an LP sleeve) and I find them more robust than jewel cases, which I’ve always disliked.