Deluxe Versions Worth Buying?
I'm a bit of an album purist. When CDs came along with their spare time, it wasn't long before 'bonus' material was added. Now, this is a mixed blessing. A lot of the time, the 'bonus' proved that the artist or their people were right the first time. It had been shelved for good reason. Worse, when it was tacked on the end of a great album, it spoiled the listening experience.
Now, with the ease of editing available on iPods, it becomes a boon. I can play producer and correct blatant errors, substituting neglected gems for duff originals. Suddenly, I find myself wanting more. The extras no longer prickle my sensibilities, I welcome them.
For example, I love the Jamaican mix of The Wailers' Catch A Fire, the one without the 'rock' guitar, the original Detroit mix of Marvin Gaye's What's Goin' On is even more sensual and Chic's vision for Diana before Motown popped it up is funkier than anything they ever did.
So are there other deluxe versions where the addition material truly is hidden treasure?