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"Deluxe" / "Collectors" editions

Started by Chris Quartly, February 13, 2009, 12:51:52 pm

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Chris Quartly

There seems to be a new fad in the last few years of re-releasing Deluxe or Collectors editions of old records. Usually with an extra CD of b-sides, demos, live stuff, etc.

What are your thoughts on these? Which ones (if any) do you have? Are they worth it?

I think for the large part, they are a great addition for the more hardcore fan, maybe a bit overkill for a casual listener who just wants to hear the album.

I've got the following "deluxe/collectors" editions released in recent years.

Jeff Buckley - Grace
Jeff Buckley - Live at Sin-e
Julian Cope - Jehovakill
Elvis Costello - This Years Model
Elvis Costello - Blood and Chocolate
Counting Crows - August and Everything After
The Cure - The Top
The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
Love - Forever Changes
Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
Sonic Youth - Goo
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pdw1

I am a bit of a sucker for these.  Not to mention the ltd editon of new albums with extra discs and packaging.

Patrick
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rascal houdi

I do like them but only tend to buy them if I haven't already got them on CD. Ones I have bought, all recommended:

Frampton Comes Alive (4 extra tracks, reseqenced to original concert running order)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road (2 extra tracks, resequenced, 6 alternate versions)
Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters - Live (complete 60 minute 2nd disc with all new material from same series of shows)
Johnny Winter - Second Winter (2 extra tracks + 75min live disc)

Probably got a few others but can't remember at the mo'.
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Pudders

Yep, got a couple that I can think of:

Def Leppard - Hysteria. The extras on this are fantastic with all the singles/b sides from the period

The Who - Live at Leeds. The whole concert rather than the 5/6 tracks on the original and a whole performance of Tommy. They've also left all the between song banter on between Townsend and Moon, priceless!

Bez

I've got loads, only really interested in the music...couldn't give a toss about different packaging...as long as it sits on the shelf.... ;)

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Topper

Chris, I am shocked you didn't include Pavement in your list :o. They have the best "Redux" collections as they include even the kitchen sink ;D.

Chris Quartly

Oops! I forgot about them, I just searched for "deluxe" or "collectors" in my spreadsheet, I knew I was forgetting something!

But yes, you're right, the Pavement re-issues have been the best re-issues, all EP tracks, b-sides and additional studio recordings from the same cycle of time as the albums as well as live recordings. I doubt any band has sifted through as many tapes as Pavement have for these re-issues.
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Pricey

i got the weller ones - stanley road is a tremendous package, i got the def leppard one too, missed out on the lemonheads tho.
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Slim

I don't have many of these. I bought the Japanese editions of Kiss' Alive! and Alive! II with the scaled down reproductions of the original packaging, even though I do have the original packaging in fact.

Normally I don't have the attention span for an extra CD of stuff unless it's special. The Deluxe Edition of Rockferry is the most recent one I have. I don't have many others.

Andrew_Haldane

I'm a bit of a sucker for these but with the exception of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours I have no duplicates except in vinyl.A cursory look reveals the following though I'm sure there are more

Opeth - Watershed
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
UFO - Strangers In The Night
Deep Purple - In Rock
Deep Purple - Machinehead
Deep Purple - Fireball
Deep Purple - Burn
Whitesnake - Trouble
Whitesnake - Lovehunter
Whitesnake - Ready And Willing
David Coverdale - Northwinds
David Coverdale - Whitesnake
Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road
The Allman Brothers Band - Live At Fillmore East
Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs And Englishmen
Little Feat - Waiting For Columbus
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
ELO - A New World Record
ELO - Out Of The Blue
ELO - Eldorado
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Judas Priest - British Steel
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Judas Priest - Unleashed In The East


Bez

Quote from: Slim on February 13, 2009, 21:52:14 pm
I don't have many of these. I bought the Japanese editions of Kiss' Alive! and Alive! II with the scaled down reproductions of the original packaging, even though I do have the original packaging in fact.

Normally I don't have the attention span for an extra CD of stuff unless it's special. The Deluxe Edition of Rockferry is the most recent one I have. I don't have many others.


One that I have that may appeal to you, Slim, is Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen; the bonus disc is terrific
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Slim

Ah I did buy that one, yes - actually I only listened to the bonus disc once. I didn't really like it. Also the final note from When The Angels is missing on the remastered studio disk.

Another one that you might consider to be a "collector's edition" is (what is in effect) the 2CD edition of Purple's Made In Europe - with lots more tunes from the same gigs and unedited versions of the MIE tracks. Forget what it's called. It wasn't marketed as a deluxe Made In Europe. Some great stuff on there.

Gary L. Grape

I think I have just a few "re-released" edition albums, I do have quite a few limited, "non re-released" editions though. The re-releases: Fireball (25th anniversary ed.) and In Rock (25th anniversary ed.) by Deep Purple, Octopus (Limited edition, 3000) by Gentle Giant, and last but not least Aqualung by Jethro Tull. I tend to buy anniversary/special/limited editions only if I don't have the album from earlier.

Reg

I've got the early re-mastered Tubeway Army / Gary Numan albums:

The Plan
Tubeway Army
Replicas
The Pleasure Principal
Telekon


Well worth it.

Although the live recording from 1978 on Tubeway Army is painful to listen to -it is from an audience recording, and it isn't pretty.
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light
Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life
All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside
When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide