I love this new Original Album Classics series of releases.It's affordable!I hope it stays that way,or becomes even more affordable.Finally a repackaging that gives the buyer what they want without bogus frills that up the price.The sound quality was top notch as well.Original cover art on the sleeves looks very nice.What more do you need?It's a great way to get the essential works of an artist without having to hunt down all the individual albums online and do all the price comparing for each one.
With the mess that buying physical music is in now days with music retailers cutting back on their inventory and selling third rate bargain bin artist collections that look terrible and are a disservice to the artist and an embarrassment to the buyer,this series gets it right.It's nice to see the music industry redeem itself for once.It felt like they neglected everything that came before American Idol and lost sense of all artistic direction,while their true artists scurried off to indie labels who appreciated them.
The quality of pop music is the worst it's ever been and the marketing of it is appalling.The current stable of industry producers should be overhauled and quality and respect for the music should be restored.It would be nice to see the hype machine get behind artists who are deserving of it.Labels used to groom artists,now they manufacture cookie cutter cash cows instead.There's nothing wrong with signing an artist with artistic integrity who will sell a modest amount for 10 years,and whose influence will galvanize and inspire the music world on a creative level and they will be written about and rediscovered again and again.Labels can have their cash cows who will be discarded for the next cow,once their 15 minutes of fame are over.I'm bored with,sick of,and annoyed by stylized,karaoke night,tabloid puppets.Where are the great albums and artists who will stand the test of time in the music industry?
Also,lets bring sound quality back to the music and not penalize the music fan in the pocket book for it.It should be the aspiration and the responsibility of the music industry to put forth the best sounding product that is technologically possible at no expense to the music buyer.One doesn't pay extra at a restaurant to get their food cooked all the way,it's expected that it will be.
Oh,yeah...The Only Ones! These recordings sound great.They are a great band.I wish they could have rescued the Remains album for this project,or at least included the song Prisoners,but what is offered is the bands three official albums,and they are classics.