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Another case of the labels trying to rip off the fans
on 29 July 2010
Let's get this straight, the above score is for the legacy edition not for the original album which is probably SRV's best. A great guitarist at the height of his powers. But as usual the labels have to try and squeeze every last penny out of us by re-packaging what has gone before.
So the first cd. The original album plus a whole pile of outtakes. If you already have the 1999 remaster, all those tracks are on this new edition, and if there is any new remastering then it is not noticable to these ears. Added to that are a further 4 tracks that appear on The Sky Is Crying. Leaving just three previously unreleased tracks, and those are alternate takes of tracks that are already on these two albums. Yes, they are interesting and SRV at the top of his game, but asking us to fork out for three unreleased tracks??????
Ah well, there is always the live cd. Yes there is, but a few observations here. The sticker on the cover says it is the complete concert. That's rubbish!! The complete concert is available on Wolfgangs Vault (I'm listening to it as I type)and there are 5 further tracks (Say What!, Mary had A little Lamb, Tell Me, Wham! and Rude Mood). Yes, sure the concert is excellent but why did they have try and make out it is a full concert when it's not? If they really wanted to mark the twentieth anniversary of his death why couldn't they have issued both this full concert and the early show (also available on WV). Now that would have been interesting.
So, if you already have the 1999 edition, The Sky Is Crying and access to the internet you can already get everything that is on here apart from three tracks. If on the other hand you are new to SRV then this is an excellent buy, the music is outstanding, it's just the way the labels continue to rip us off that annoys me. But then again more fool me for falling for it.