Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Here Come The Nice...Deluxe Editions
Just out in England, with a U.S. release date of 5/29, are four Small Faces "Deluxe Edition" remasters from UME/Hip-O. Take a look HERE.
I have mixed feelings reporting this. My first thoughts are:
"Again? Really? These records are being reissued AGAIN?"
"No one cares. No one buys CDs anymore."
But then I quickly turnaround and think:
"The surviving band members are involved. All new remasters, not like the others, which used wrong masters, wrong this, wrong that. So many bonus tracks. Stereo & MONO mixes. New photos and liners. Priced just right. I'm a fan. I have to own these. Spotify, if they turn up, just won't do. Not for the Small Faces."
I pre-ordered these from Amazon UK the minute I was able to. They are currently en route to Queens, USA.
Where are we at this point? I will assume that most reading, spent good money on LPs and CDs, and did so not only for the sounds, but with a collector's mentality. Have those feelings been soured to the point of complete indifference by major label greed, file sharing, and streaming? Or, is there still a thrill in opening new product and placing it on a shelf?
There is nothing more offensive than having the same music foisted upon a fan, gussied up and disguised as "new," "deluxe," "first time ever," or with one or two "new tracks." Recently, Nonsuch released a 3 -CD boxed set, "Billy Bragg & Wilco-Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions." Retailing at $30, there is only one CD of new music, and it really isn't all that new, as some of the tracks have appeared elsewhere. Are people buying this now after already spending money for Volumes 1 & 2 separately?
Personally, financial heartbreak has dictated all actions regardless of my wants and desires. But before The Great Depression 2.0, my buying habits were unruly. I wanted it all and often bought it all. Since then, I only purchase something I truly love. Gone are my days as a completist. I just didn't need to own Elvis Costello's "National Ransom" or his recent live release. At one point, I would have wanted every version from every country, just for the slight change in playlist.
I am a sucker for these "Deluxe Editions," especially when they are done right. There are but four Small Faces "deluxe editions"---see what I did there---and I need to see them on my shelf.
What are you feeling? Still buying? If so, what? If not, why?