Have Deluxe Reissues Finally Jumped the Shark?

Have Deluxe Reissues Finally Jumped the Shark?

I have to be honest -- I LOVE a good reissue. Whether it's absolutely essential (Bob Dylan's Complete Collection in Mono) or somewhat unnecessary but still fun to have (Slint's Spiderland deluxe boxset), there's nothing better than a reissue done well. 

Unfortunately, I can think of more than a few reissues of great albums that have not been done particularly well. Sometimes it's the poor quality of the product (Beatles), and sometimes it's just a result of the fact that you can only scrape the bottom of the barrel so many times (Guided By Voices). 

I got to thinking about all of this after Paul Sinclair, Editor of the music blog Super Deluxe Edition, wrote an open letter to Paul McCartney regarding the recently announced deluxe reissue of 'Flowers in the Dirt'. 

In short, Sinclair's issue with the reissue is that 16 of the 47 audio tracks on the set will be included only as ‘download-only’ digital files. In other words, they will not be included in the set on CD, vinyl, cassette, or any other physical format. 

As it turns out, collectors are not particularly excited about this.

After less than 24 hours, the open letter has already received over 125 comments (mostly in agreement), 100+ retweets, and even a petition that already has nearly 700 signatures. Clearly, Paul McCartney fans feel that he's jumped the shark with this particular reissue. 

So what do you think? What do you expect from an album reissue or box set at this point? Let us know what you think in the comments section!


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