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June 11, 2007

Overlooked Alternatives: Queens of the Stone Age, the Traveling Wilburys

Filed under: Music,News,Overlooked Alternatives — Tom @ 10:32 pm

This is an easy week for me. Just a couple of essentials, one of which was an unexpected one following the band’s previously lackluster album.

Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris: Josh Homme’s band thankfully picks up where 2002’s exquisitely fun Songs For The Deaf left off, ignoring the dreadfully boring Lullabies To Paralyze that emerged in between the two. We’ll just count that one as growing pains from Homme kicking bassist Nick Oliveri out of the band following Songs.

Vulgaris, happily, indulges in the same goofy time-traveling sound that the band always has, borrowing riffs from their roots in Kyuss as well as dipping back to the 60s for vocal melodies straight out of Cream, backed by thick, heavy drumming. It’s a hell of a fun album.

And, as usual, watch which version you pick up: Best Buy will have a download of the band covering Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” (I can practically hear it) while the Itunes version contains “Running Joke” and indie stores will get the album bundled with till-now MIA Lullabies-era “The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died.” Circuit City also gets something special, but I can’t locate any resources that indicate what that track is – my guess is that it’s the title track, featuring Trent Reznor, which was previously only available as a free download on a Queens-related website and also as a b-side to a promo-only single. Collectors will probably have their work cut out for them with this one. I would wager that we’ll be seeing a “deluxe” edition of this album in about, oh, say, 6 months, right before Christmas, with all 7 of the non-album tracks that I’ve seen mentioned.

The Traveling Wilburys: It’s about damned time. These have been out of print how long? And all of the band members are major artists? What was the deal with that? Regardless, I missed out on these the first time around because I really didn’t listen to any of these guys back then and now I do – strange how that happens when you grow up – so I’m very happy to see this release, with both albums bundled together, complete with documentary, videos, etc., on accompanying DVD.

The set comes in two flavors – standard digipak and special cloth-bound deal with 40-page book and stuff. I managed to get my order in at Amazon before they sold out on the latter (they had a killer price, to boot,) so this may truly be a limited edition – get it while you can.



  1. You may have placed your order for the Traveling Wilburys Deluxe Edition before Amazon sold out, as did I, but did they actually send it to you? They cancelled my order and sent me an email, 5 DAYS LATER, to let me know that my order was cancelled. So…my question is, do you know if the deluxe edition actually was released on 6/12, or was there some issue with its release because I can’t find it available anywhere.

    Comment by Gracie — June 16, 2007 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  2. Wow, sorry to hear about your ordeal, Gracie. Sounds kind of like mine with the recent Porcupine Tree deluxe edition (never got it, either.) I did get the Wilburys DE on Wednesday and also so a couple of copies at Best Buy, but at the much higher price of $39.99.

    This “limited edition” thing is getting ridiculous – the whole point of having these deluxes was not so that they were this limited but so that people could choose to buy the less expensive version, but miss out on the bells-n-whistles, while others would pay a premium for the extras. Now we’re getting neither, IMO – the regular price of the standard edition is way too high for what you get and deluxe editions are pressed up in runs that are far too small to satisfy demands of buyers. Very, very stupid on the labels’ parts – this is what is making people turn to illegal downloads. Buyers get fed up waiting and don’t want to waste their money on the stripped-down version so they just grab mp3s instead since they’re not missing out on much anyway.

    Comment by Tom — June 18, 2007 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

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