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1 great 5 star album for the price of 2 (= 3 stars)
on 1 July 2014
I routinely give Brian Eno releases 5 stars because they are all that good. The previous 5 star reviews admirably explain why this album deserves such a rating.
That said, I am growing a bit weary of Mr. Eno's way of inflating prices as if he were some starving artist. If the 4 bonus tracks were included on the regular edition, that single CD would still be less than an hour in length. Playing a 3/4 hour regular CD, only to have to change discs and insert the 1/4 hour bonus CD is simply ridiculous. I ended up burning both discs to a single CDR for the convenience of hearing the entire album all at once. A bonus CD makes sense when the totality of the 2nd disc will not fit on the first (i.e.: Drums Between The Bells), but the way it was done for the Someday World album is just plain greed. Additionally, and as a previous reviewer pointed out, what's up with the MP3 (360 bps) 9 track download that omits the 4 bonus tracks? MP3 format instead of FLAC? Omissions? Seriously?!
Most artists include their outtakes as bonus tracks on the same regular CD. While not totally unique for charging double for a bonus disc, overall, Brian Eno's releases are among the worst offenders. This is not the first time an Eno album has used a price-inflating stunt like this. One of his best releases of the past decade, "Small Craft On A Milk Sea" is a particularly onerous example where one had to spend a 3-digit figure for the 4 bonus track CD only available if you purchased the vinyl edition! What if I don't have a turntable? Why must I buy records to get a bonus compact disc? Beyond that, the Japanese regular CD version and iTunes version of that album also had unique tracks (if you purchased the entire album yet again), making it a very costly endeavor for Eno-completists such as myself. Additionally, virtually all Japanese Brian Eno releases feature an exclusive bonus track not available to western ears unless one is willing spend obscenely high import prices to acquire them.
I have been patient with this "one for the price two" tactic for quite some time and only mentioned it in previous reviews of earlier Eno albums. It never affected my ratings. I guess you can call this album the straw that broke my back.
MR. ENO: I believe in giving artists all the money due to them and I never illegally download torrents because that would be the same as stealing. Conversely Mr. Eno, shouldn't you stop ripping off your best fans with these relentless and costly alternate versions? Why charge us double, triple, (and in some cases far, far more) for what amounts to little more than a few outtakes? Next time this happens, I'll be hard pressed not to consider downloading a FREE torrent (in FLAC format) of whatever upcoming bonus tracks there may be.