Linkin Park Label Cashing In On Chester Albums?

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Linkin Park‘s entire discography is owned by the Warner Brothers Groups and Machine Shop, which is a label by Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda. However, the parent company of Machine Shop is also Warner Bros.

In a recent post, Warner Bros has been seen selling Vinyl Records for Linkin Park’s first three studio albums, Hybrid Theory, Metereo, and Minutes to Midnight. This package is called ‘One-Step Vinyl.’

Linkin Park vinyl is selling for high price

They have released a limited 3,000 copies, with each copy selling at $100 each. Some fans are happy to have a chance of getting a Vinyl edition of their favorite album(s), with all the analog warmth and character, while others are calling out the Warner Bros label for doing a cash-grab on the legacy of the late Chester Bennington.

This divergence of opinions among fans signifies the special status of Linkin Park and Chester Bennington’s legacy in the hearts of many. Chester’s untimely demise was a significant blow to the music world, and his influence remains potent, resonating in the band’s music.

With Vynil recordings, audiophile-based CDs, and other musical products in trend amongst music fans, a Redditor commented, “In reality, all vinyl is overpriced however considering these should be audiophile quality and hopefully the only pressing you’ll ever need, I think it’s worth it for me. I’d rather pay extra for a premium product like this than pay for multiple shitty pressings over time.”

What’s your opinion on this? Do you think this is simply an exploitation of an artist’s legacy, or is there genuine value and sentiment attached to these products? Even if not that, do you think it’s justified or fair to create these Vinyl editions to target the audiophile fans who’d give up all their savings to buy the analog version of their favorite band’s CD?