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Neu! – another deluxe release…

Author: Colin | Published: 2/8/10

Another day, another deluxe release. This time it’s the turn of German legends Neu! £120 will get you:

Am I tempted by this one? Even if I had the money to spare, I’m too struck by the irony that a band whose name I believe was a satirical gesture towards consumer society’s thirst for product should be commemorated in this way. It’s also a part of the gradual, disappointing move towards expensive exclusivity. The Guardian’s art critic Jonathan Jones expressed it well in writing about the sale of Picasso’s Nude:

Andy Warhol said he loved hot dogs because even the Queen of England can’t get a better one than the bum on the corner.

In today’s market Led Zeppelin’s In Through The Out Door (brown paper outer sleeve, watercolour-impregnated inner sleeve) or any of the other fantastic Hipgnosis die-cut designs for the band would have been sold at a major premium rather than being released as standard. I’m not against limited editions per se, just the reduction in focus on the mainstream.

What do you think?


Comments

  1. I’m surprised at the price more than anything.

    Jonathan Jones is right of course but this isn’t the 70’s, a time when a cover like ‘Physical graffiti’ was expected. Just the same as the multiple formatting of singles in the 80’s isn’t happening anymore, this decade will be fondly looked back on as the time when the box set ruled.

    Comment by kevin foakes — August 2, 2010 @ 10:38 pm
  2. Good point – though it’ll surely be the decade when music went digital leaving a specialist niche of expensive boxes and handmade/small-scale labels.

    Comment by Colin — August 3, 2010 @ 8:27 am
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