Music packaging goes back and forth across a spectrum of formatting styles: record albums, CDs, downloads and anything else you might imagine or remember. It's probably a good idea -- and a fun one -- to change things up in such a present (or absent) age of digital fragmentation. Sampling (or re-sampling) vinyl and CD sets, for instance. There's something inherently coherent in a container or vessel of related tracks reinforced with related text and images -- and man does this take me back.
With Blondie's latest release (at least the version I received in the physical mail via online ordering) -- if you decide to check it out -- you'll be treated to a generous three-disc package: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, Ghosts of Download and a DVD, Blondie Live at CBGB 1977.
I gave all a quick look and listen and am now settling in on a multiple re-listening experience with Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux, feeling like The Man Who Fell Into a Slightly Different Universe. Why? Blondie re-recorded ten out of eleven of their most salient tracks -- in the studio. A nifty-fifty idea, and it works. "Why they do that?" No idea -- but I love it! This is smashing for the neural passageways -- listening for slight variations in beloved songs, and digging them all over again.
More on the rest of it at some point soon, I suspect.
Today's Rune: Breakthrough.