It’s tough to be a “good fan” these days.By “good fan” I mean someone who ignores the pre-release leak blogs, the torrent sites and the file-sharing services and actually pays their hard-earned cash to buy the album legit when it comes out. Someone who coughs up the extra dough for a physical version, not because they think it sounds better, but because they think music still holds some value, not something that’s as disposable as any other downloaded file on a hard drive.I consider me one of those people. I try so hard to respect and value the bands I love, even when it seems like they are going out of their way to make it as hard as possible for me to do so.I’ve expressed my disdain before for “exclusive” tracks.
Simply put, I think they are bullshit, nothing more than a cheap way for a band to make a quick cash grab when music sales alone aren’t enough. Things have gotten a little better in recent years. It used to be that “exclusive” tracks on iTunes or on like services were only available if you bought the whole album. At least nowadays they’re usually available individually. So if a group wants to stick a B-side up as an “exclusive” track for iTunes or Amazon, I’m willing to live with it.But sometimes it just goes too far.
And if there’s any band who’s “good” at taking the whole “exclusive” thing too far, it’s fucking Depeche Mode.When they released Sounds Of The Universe in 2008, they put out several versions. One of them was an awesome Deluxe Box Set Edition that cost around $100. That version came with not only the complete album and a ton of nifty booklets, postcards and neat bonus goodies, but two additional CDs of remixes and demos as well. Sure, it was pricey and a bit excessive, but when you got that version you felt like really got your money’s worth.Well, not really. You see, there was also another deluxe version that was only available through iTunes on their now-defunct iTunes Pass service. This edition of the album included 18 or so additional remixes, most of which were not made available on the Deluxe Box Set Edition.
It cost a bit more than the standard version, but it sure as hell cost less than the $100 that the deluxe box did.Basically, Depeche Mode was saying that if you really wanted all the content associated with Sounds Of The Universe, then spending $100 for the Deluxe Edition wasn’t good enough. You were going to have to buy the album twice.Now, I’m sorry, but I feel that if I spend $100 on an album, on the physical deluxe edition of the record, the one that I had to pre-order on import to get, then I feel like I should be getting the best version of that album. I should get the most bang for the my buck.Well, apparently Depeche Mode doesn’t feel the same way, because they’re at it again. Two weeks ago Remixes 2: 81-11, their latest remix compilation, came out. When this was announced, I knew I had to get it on vinyl, if for no other reason than to match my vinyl copy of their first remix collection. So I went ahead and pre-ordered the insanely expensive 6LP edition.Since I live in US, I had to pay import price for this box set, so it cost me over $100. I finally got it in the mail last Friday.
I clawed my way into the packaging, eagerly anticipating to discover what my $100 got me.Did it get me a download card with access to digital versions of all the tracks? Nope.Did it get me any exclusive tracks? Nope.Does nearly every other (far less expensive) version of the album come with exclusive tracks?
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Yup.Did I go ahead and find all the exclusive tracks online with plans of hosting them here? You bet your ass.Depeche ModeMaster And Servant (RSS Remix)In Chains (Myer vs Wilder Deconstruction)Sister Of Night (Ida Engberg’s Giving Voice To The Flame Remix)Sister Of Night (Ida Engberg’s Walking Through The Light Dub)Sweetest Perfection (Phil Kieran Vocal Miix)Sweetest Perfection (Phil Kieran Remix Dub)Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Dub)I Want It All (Roland M.
Dill Lunar Dub Remix)The Sinner In Me (SixToes Remix)The Sun And The Rainfall (Black Light Odyssey’s Further Excerpts)The thing that really irks me about most of these exclusive cuts is that they aren’t really exclusive. For example, as Depeche Mode’s official site (which I am not linking to for obvious reasons) points out, “The Sun And The Rainfall (Black Light Odyssey’s Further Excerpts)” is an “exclusive” track for not only HMV in England, but also for Nokia in Finland; Napster in Germany; both FNAC and Virgin Media in France; Net Music in Italy, and for Aspiro in other parts of Europe.“Regional exclusive” and “exclusive” are not the same thing. Of course, all those stores want you to think that their version is special for some reason, so they won’t mention that.And in some cases, like with the iTunes or Amazon exclusive tracks, if you don’t live in America or England, you’re just fucked and you cannot buy them.
For some reason, if you live in the “wrong” country you aren’t able to buy digital music from other counties. Apparently MP3s can’t be imported and exported. I’m sure there’s a reason for that, and I’m sure it’s for the benefit of billion-dollar record companies and not the consumer.What’s really fucked is that these aren’t even all the exclusive remixes! The online music store Beatport actually has an exclusive version of the album, but I don’t know if I consider that to be the same thing. Beatport is for DJs primarily, and the versions they have are almost all dub and instrumental cuts for DJs, so I’m not going to share those.
I was kinda tired about all of the exclusives on their latest remix album – for one, it was confusing and second I agree – why have all those exclusives? Is it something that the various music providers are requesting or os the band promoting these for gain!Unfortunately, I can’t think of much bands who care about their fans the way they used to – with iTunes and the advent of other music sources for digital downloads, it seems that music fans are suffering with this whole exclusive thing – it’s just dumb!.
I totally agree, It’s a damn shame that people who really care about the music today and buy vinyl don’t get the full package. Especially because the risk of being put on the web is far lesser than with any digital exclusive (as long as they don’t come into your hands 😉 ).Not only with the totally overpriced deuxe-vinyl-sets, also the regular vinyl should have all bonuses with them. For example the new Brandon Flowers had some decent bonus tracks on the CD-Deluxe-Version, so they should not be surprised that some people would get the missing songs through the web.Couldn’t there be some kind of petition to send to the record labels to show them how many of us are out there (I hope there are enough)?. Too fucking right too!
I can’t agree more with you on this, the old school style of collector who buys physical product either on vinyl cd or whatever is being continually fucked over by record companies eager to make money. I’m really disappointed with Mute for this, but they have been gradually doing this more and more knowing that die-hard fans will buy everything, no matter how expensive it is. The Personal Jesus vinyl here i can’t find for less than £6.99 and i refuse to pay that no matter what colour it comes on! No wonder people are looking elsewhere to get these for free. I thought this was a brilliant post – I hadn’t even realized the extent of tracks on this latest release that were out there that I didn’t have (like the beatport tracks – I did a quick comparison and the names are almost the same, so just skipped it). I have been burned badly like this with UNKLE tooA secondary pet peeve on this compilation is how little of it is actually new. I think well over 50% of the remixes were released prior to this so it frustrates me, as an avid fan, to re-buy the same track twice, or even three times because of how it gets re-packed with some new tracks.Thanks again for the great service and great writing.Colin.
An excellent topic on an amzing band, whom are one of the biggest purveyors of the whole cd single of remixes over their entire 30 year career! What I really have learned to hate about their releases (example the Peace single from 2009) is that only Europe (maybe S. America) got a release of it, and anyone who wanted a Jonsi (Sigur Ros) remix (of Come Back), etc, HAD to buy vinyl, etc AS AN IMPORT! AND they release 10 versions of each remixers songs now (ie the Ralphi Rosario dub/ instrumental/ club remix/ club dub sham-a-lamma-ding-dong edit etc. As a longtime fan of DM (going on 25 yrs!) I get sick when I meet younger fans on forums who are brought up in an all-digital generation of collecting musicand to find out they download most of their collection without ever owning a physical album!! BUYING the cd/record/tape WAS WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUTand for only a select few artists, it still is, for me. I still buy all of DM’s physical format releases, but I see it as a waste of time & money for me now since the remixes are too muchi don’t need 6 remixes by UNKLE or Ralphi Roasario!!
I DO NEED/ WANT THE ELUSIVE MGMT Remix of Fragile Tensionwhich may never see light(?). Having to shell out a lot of cash to get remixes which are only released elsewhere, purely based on sales/ lack of airplay/ etc is dumber than me masterbating with a cheese grater.
Therefore, when it comes to getting those elusive remixes, I will gladly take any routes towards getting them today, as opposed to 2 years ago when I was anti-copying digital formats of hard-to-find releases! 🙂 Ps- did you hear Lost Turntable, Erasure announced their US Fall Tour today!! 🙂 3amtime to sleep this off. I agree that there’s 2 many remixes,as when i first started this record collection i still have in 92,there was 2 many.
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I bought nearly all those box sets of the CD singles & some loose,as i didn’t like much after Violator. But there’s loads of mixes on 12″s still not on them,& downloads.
My On U Sound numbered mix of ‘People Are People’ for one. If the group disagreed with all this they have some input!Can anyone help me about a mix of ‘Flys On The Windscreen’,it has loads of random people saying random things,some on walkie talkie,i had it on a bootleg tape which had a photo of them in Asia somewhere.
My hard drives have mysteriously lost it!. @ Petr: Thanks! Looking at the info, it is the same mixi just found it this morning on a site & to be honest, NOW i have it, im disappointed. This blog is intended to shine light on music that has been unjustly lost through the years.
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