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Most UNI/MCA essentials missing
on 8 August 2009
The problem with this set is, that the issuing label, Sony/BMG, doesn't have the rights to the masters of Neil's most fruitful period, 1968-1973, while he was with the UNI/MCA label. So they have to license those tracks from MCA/Universal, which is obviously a costly operation. In order to keep the price of this set low, the people at Sony/BMG have instead chosen to include some recent live versions of Neil's UNI/MCA output. His early years with Bang are well represented though (when will Sony/BMG finally decide to come up with his complete Bang recordings?), while his later work with CBS is clearly overrepresented. This results in a rather uneven collection, which is often the case when an artist's work is divided between two big companies. It's a pity....