Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Gravy On Top.....

Going through some of my 2007 pickups, i remembered a few of the best came with entire discs full of bonus material - none of which were advertised or marked as limited edition releases. This has taught me to always pre-order.

It seems the Bonus Disc was a treat reserved for '07 - 2008 has given me only one, The Kooks' Rak, which is really more of an extra album than it is a bonus disc. This year, the trend seems to be the option of vinyl, which may be even better. Nevertheless, today i will share with you some of the best from those '07 Bonus Discs:

Spoon - Mean Mad Margaret

It took me a couple months to even find the 'Get Nice!' Bonus Disc that came with Spoon's '07 release Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - it was unnoticeably hidden behind the plastic backing. A considerably lengthy extra disc, the addition includes alternate versions of some of the album tracks, a few righteously groovy bare-bones tunes, and one scorching punk ballad.

Spoon - 1975

Buy Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

Josh Ritter - Labelship Down

Josh Ritter's monumental Historical Conquests was augmented with a 4-track bonus disc. The all acoustic collection is highlighted with a short tropical tune and a heartfelt lament.

Josh Ritter - Naked As A Window

Buy The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter.

Bright Eyes - Susan Miller Rag

Bright Eyes' Cassadaga included not only magic-eye packaging complete with decoder film, but an extra single printed on a mini-disc.

Buy Cassadaga.

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