QUOTE (mark kirk @ Apr 20 2012, 09:25 AM)
Sounds great... but I just checked amazon.uk and it's
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I hope this is a mistake... it has to be.
It mightn't be. That kind of thing is why I ignored the recent Smiths box set. Well, that and I realised that Morrissey was like someone I was friends with back in high school, but now find myself completely unable to relate to, because they hadn't matured or changed in the intervening years.
So, '21' hey. It seems to follow the usual box set pattern:
- The seven albums I'd already own if I liked Blur enough to buy this, (of which I own two), most likely remastered with the most up-to-date technology to sound great on your mobile phone speaker;
- The B-Sides, which were already compiled on a previous box set, which you'd probably already have as well if you'd buy this;
- Hardcover book with interviews on their career, if you're dying to hear ancedotes from Alex James about working with Betty Boo;
- 3 DVDs;
- an exclusive 7 inch 'previously-unreleased' vinyl record, which is excluded from the 21: Vinyl Box, thereby negating its own claims of being 'definitive';
- the 4CDS of unreleased ephemera that wasn't good enought to be released at the time, (a time during which English bands were scraping to fill two or three cds with ephemeral tracks for each confusingly-named 'Single' release, to try to drive their songs higher in the charts by exploiting fan's collector mentality).
Of course they're not going to release the rarities on their own - they're trying to guarantee you'll pay premium price for the release because You're Older Now and supposedly have the disposable income to splurge on a shrine to your fading youth. Yeah, it's maybe worth it if you don't already own the albums, but I'll just wait for some richer-bastard-than-me to inevitably YouTube the tracks in question. Given people's love of XTC and Blur, nothing could ever match expectations. I expect it will end in tears, (though not the sublime Lilac Time one).