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I hate it when labels do this.
and as far as artist-lead, ethically-sound labels go, Merge is pretty peerless.
but, hey, tonnes of Arcade Fire money = Merge release more East River Pipe LPs, amazing sounding Superchunk reissues and... you know, whatever else Merge do these days.
After the random prize snags they pulled both in UK and US, a new fancy edition of the album out for the people who had no idea of the band before isn't too surprising.
Not too peeved about it myself to be honest but that might just be because I'm not bothered about the DVD which seems to be the main selling point.
labels only doing it so that they can get it in the new releases sections at the front of record shops, so that those who've been meaning to buy into the hype, finally grab a copy.
we did it with Martha Wainwright, as it was the only way to get the CD at the front of the store, around the time of her Uk tour.
I'm not saying it's right, and labels have to pay for a lot of the 'recommended' racking, either in terms of discounted stock or something like £1,500 toward a marketing campaign (that was 5yrs ago, no idea if it's changed). You'd think shops would want to sell CDs as much as the labels do.
Not just adding a couple of B-Sides and live tracks. I did like how when The National dropped a deluxe edition of their last album they put the extras on iTunes for a couple of quid. Hopefully Arcade Fire do something similar.
he made the live disc available to buy separately on his online shop, I thought that was quite nice.
recording of The Seldom Seen Kid with the BBC Philharmonic and a choir, then rereleased the album with an extra disc. That annoyed me as i thought they were above that sort of thing. Thank god the Beeb showed it on the red button and I recorded it anyway! Was actually better than the album in places...
Adding the single of the same name.
Never actually heard that it was re-released together with the studio album until now.
but if it was a different band that I liked I would be a bit annoyed. I wouldn't want downloaded tracks, I would want a physical copy.
I remember Music For Nations re-releasing Cradle Of Filth's Dusk And Her Embrace with extra tracks, in an awesome coffin box case about 3 months after it first came out. The 15 year old Basil was not impressed.
Bloody hell, is that album 15 years old??
pretty much everything would get rereleased within six months in a digipak with six bonus tracks
...one of the new songs features David Byrne.