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January 10, 2006

Those dirty bastards and their DualDiscs

Filed under: Music — Tom @ 7:03 am

Well, if you’ve been keeping up with this site, you know my success rate with DualDiscs is pretty low – first I was foiled by the Ben Folds album from last spring, then again by the Trey Anastasio disc in the fall (and both not really worth the trouble I had to go through to get them on my Ipod.) And then Rhino records put out the remastered Talking Heads releases in a box, with bonus tracks and video content – an incredible updating of one of the most important catalogs of music. Except they were all put out as DualDiscs only. And then the news came that in January and February the individual releases of those discs would come out. Except they too were only released as DualDiscs.

For a brief moment last week, I thought I’d found a way around this issue. It turns out that DualDiscs are apparently a US-only thing, or just about (those pesky Canadians might get them, too) and that European versions would be actual CDs and separate DVDs for each release (example: Remain In Light.) For a brief moment, the light of salvation shone down upon me, showering me with musical peace. And then someone turned it off. It turns out that the label’s sticking it to the Europeans – I just found out now that the track-listings are available – no bonus tracks!

So now it’s back to the standard US goddamn DualDiscs, which means I’m going to spend hours trying to get these things to read and rip correctly, and it’s not like I have a choice, you know, I’m of course being forced at gun point to buy all of these damned DualDiscs. Damn you, you freaking bastards. You know it’s not like I can not buy them.

You win, Rhino, you win. Somehow you always do – you even managed to get me to buy not only Elvis Costello’s Punch the Clock reissue but also the even worse Goodbye Cruel World, and between those two I think I’ve listened to the four discs a total of two times. Smart investment there on my part. I spit in your general direction, Rhino. Feel my wimpy wrath.



  1. Unfortunately, the new Flecktones CD is supposed to be DualDisc… 😦

    Comment by Tom Conley — January 10, 2006 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  2. It’s iPod. Not Ipod. How many times do we need to go over this?

    Comment by Bekah — January 10, 2006 @ 11:45 am | Reply

  3. Both Punch the Clock and Goodbye Cruel World suffer from dated production techniques, but there are several good songs in there. And the bonus discs are pretty sweet. Give ’em another try.

    As for Dualdiscs, I’m agreeing with you 100 percent.

    Comment by Chris — January 10, 2006 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  4. Forgive my non-standard digital-audio-player capitalization, Bekah. I’m getting old and am no longer bound by societal conventions.

    Tom, I’d read about the DualDisc issue for the Flecktones. It seems it’s SOP for Sony-related labels to offer them on pretty much any new product. I do believe there will be a standard CD, as I’d read an excerpt where Bela was vehement with Columbia that absolutely no copy protection be present on the CD (and this was prior to the Sony copy-protection/virus debacle.)

    And Chris, I realize that there is actually some worthwhile stuff on PtC and GCW, but these are two of the few times when I don’t feel like I got my money’s worth out of the reissues. The bonus discs are what kept my interest – hearing those songs in stripped down, demo fashion really shows the beauty of Elvis’ song writing, marred as the official releases were by silly, desperately trend-driven production.

    Remain in Light‘s DualDisc is currently, slowly, ripping in Itunes at this moment . . .

    Comment by Tom — January 10, 2006 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  5. Hey Tom, you’re right. You can order the new Flecktones as either a “regular” CD, or as a DualDisc.

    Comment by Tom Conley — January 11, 2006 @ 9:38 am | Reply

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