Friday, May 04, 2007

Caution: rant ahead....

I love Elvis Costello's music, I've followed him and fellow travelers like Neil Young, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan through thick and thin. Through god-awful albums with string quartets and opera singers to hard-rocking country tinged comebacks. But when I read that Elvis' early albums are going to be re-released *again* I nearly gagged on my cheap vinyl copy of Armed Forces (which sounds just fine despite coming from the dollar bin at Last Vestige.) This is what, the tenth re-issue of Elvis' back catalog? Including the original CBS straight ports of the original LPs, the boxed set of the first three with a bonus live LP, the Ryko re-issues with bonus material, the Rhino double disc reissues with even more bonus material... how long can this shit go on? What more bonus material can they possibly dredge up this time? Elvis sings Sam Cooke in the shower? How many times can you slice this particular salami? How much more can you milk this scared cow before it starts moo-ing for a mercy killing? Believe it or not, at one time Elvis Costello was actually considered a punk. That is someone who was foolish or idealistic enough to consider artistic concerns over profit. But now with these continuing masturbatory re-releases of what was considered classic music, how can it be listened to with the same enjoyment? What was once punk is now product. What was once the breathless joy of creative music has become the breathless rush for the same old shit in a new package. And they'll probably sell it to you at $18.99 and tell you you are lucky to have it! And the record labels and the RIAA can't understand why people pirate music...

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