Sordid Sentinels

I got an email today from eMusic about some albums they just added to their catalog. One of the new titles is Pavement‘s Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition. The appearance of this CD was news to me. I’m not surprised by it, since Matador released anniversary editions of Slanted and Enchanted (:Luxe and Redux) and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (:L.A.’s Desert Origins), but I hadn’t been aware that one was in the works.

Basically, these anniversary editions consist of the original album plus a bunch of extra material from the period during which the CD was written and recorded. This can involve B-sides from singles, Peel sessions, songs from obscure compilations, and, of course, some live tracks. On average, these anniversary editions contain about 35 songs in addition to the original album, which is generally in the vicinity of 15 songs. Finally, in addition to offering many previously unreleased or rare tracks, these CDs are priced for the miserly among us – the new album can be had from Amazon for a mere $13, though if you head to your local Borders, you might end up having to pay the $19 list price.

If you’re still not sure and feel you need a little further motivation to buy this CD, you might be interested to know that the pastor of my church used the phrase “Wowee Zowee” from the pulpit in last Sunday’s sermon. You may interpret this as you see fit.

2 Responses to “Sordid Sentinels”

  1. November 17, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    I guess eMusic would be a good place to go if you have the original album and you just want to pay for the extras.

  2. 2 Colin
    November 17, 2006 at 8:16 pm

    It would be pretty good, though still not a great deal. With the basic subscription (40 songs/month for $10) you’re paying $0.25/song or $8.75 for the extra material. If you can get the discs for $13 then you pay only $4 extra for a physical copy and the booklet. Plus, when the new pricing structure kicks in (soon), the basic subscription will be only 30 songs/month for $10, which won’t even be enough to download all the extra tracks off the album in a single month. Not to mention that under the new pricing structure you’re paying $0.33/song, which puts the total for 35 songs at like $11.65. At that point, you’re probably just better off buying the whole thing and ripping it yourself. eMusic is good for a lot of albums but their per-song pricing structure makes some albums less of a good deal. This one is a good example of that.

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