It seems we can't have a reissue these days without the inevitable plethora of bonus tracks stuck on the end of the album, whether they be outtakes from the studio sessions that never made it in the first place because they weren't good enough, demos, live versions or other 'curios'.
Apart from an obvious marketing ploy to get you to buy the whole album all over again when you've already got it (often in several different formats), what purpose do these serve?
Are they really of value, or do they actually spoil the original concept of the album and cause an imbalance in the overall quality?
If they are ever to see the light of day, should they instead be served up on a rarities compilation as used to be the case in the days before CD?
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