Friday, 01 February 2008
Though it’s hard to imagine today, when every stray b-side, studio outtake and once-performed live track turns up on a peer-to-peer network, some canonized artists simply don’t have a very deep catalog. From blues guitarist Robert Johnson and the 42 tracks he left behind before his death at the age of 27 to the Sex Pistols and their one official studio album, not all legendary artists left legacies that are fit for boxed set treatment. And while it’s understandable that we’d search for gold in the lost moments of, say, Led Zeppelin or Neil Young, it’s puzzling when bands that are less highly regarded get the deluxe compilation treatment. And while it’s probably true that every halfway decent band deserves at least a “best of” set, it’s a far higher standard that should be met by artists who wish to ...