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on 19 November 2012
I loved Born To Die, released earlier in 2012, however I refuse to purchase the same album again to get the new tracks. 'The Paradise Edition' is being given the full marketing push, so why couldn't this be released as a completely new album with all 11 tracks?
Numerous acts are doing this. Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Nicki Manaj, Take That and many more have all re-released albums with extra tracks within a year of the original album release. In this day and age when record sales are apparently in the doldrums and CD sales in particular are suffering, how is this lazy way of promoting artists the way forward?
Whilst I may purchase this in time to come (when it becomes cheaper) as I do want the extra tracks, I'm annoyed at the tactics of the record companies and wonder how much say the actual artists get in the decision making regarding the release of their music. Back in the 1970's, artists would often release an album every year. Now they release two of the same album every year. Progress? Don't think so!
*Note my rating has no relation to the music within but simply the way it's being sold. I gave the Born To Die album 5/5 stars upon release and still feel this is the correct rating for such a unique and compelling album which stands up after repeat listens. The extra 11 tracks here may well be worthy of the same. If they had been released seperately on a new album, this CD would be in my stereo now and no doubt garnering 5 stars, however I cannot I cannot bring myself to part with cash on such a blatant cash-in.