What has also occurred - which to me is more of an annoyance then a true negative - is that on most of these re-releases they incorporate extra, 'special edition,' tracks at the end (it's much more annoying when they insert them in the middle, ruining the classic song order). Now if these tracks are a collection of B-Sides or cover songs or something that did not quite make the album, they are perfectly acceptable. It's when an originally thirty minute album (as many albums were in the 70s) is stretched to over sixty minutes, by nothing more then radio edits or remixes or demo versions of songs. This is unnecessary, and and annoying to someone who wants to listen to these albums.
With more recent albums being remastered (those from the 80s) there is only one or two of these tracks, and with that I can deal, but with the albums from the 60s and 70s there are almost as many bonus tracks as original songs. The Deep Purple self-titled album re-issue is thirteen tracks while the original is only eight. Uriah Heep's Demons & Wizards (one of my favorite albums) originally had only nine tracks, the 1995 reissue had thirteen while the 2003 re-reissue had fourteen (with a couple being different then the 1995 version). These are just two examples but they are filled with single edits, extended versions (often the same song as the single edit, so you get it short, normal and long), demos, live on stage and for some they have live on radio versions. This is so totally useless it's insulting to the buyer.
|1970 Original as Osmium|
|1995 Re-Release as First Thangs|