Amazon UK are useless with new releases these days, especially re issues. Crap to be blunt.
Is it just me, or is it being a physical music consumer being made wilfully more difficult as time goes on? Prince The Hits vinyl is announced but weeks later and still no UK links (that I can see) so I've a choice to go without or buy from the US and pay a politicians wage in VAT for the priviledge. Tina's Break Every Rule links appear but my initial cheer is silenced by the lack of any announcement or UK links (more evidence of this country being dragged into the dark ages). Then we have the Monty Python's of the legacy campaigns, our very own George Michael Estate who see fit to present us with fifty shades of vinyl, all 'highly limited' until they're suddenly back in stock and an overpriced box which holds everything bar those much sought after GM pencils, so if you want something as simple as a CD version, you'll need to pop on a flight to Tokyo on the off-chance that what you're after hasn't sold out before you get there (all punishment for not rushing to buy that play-doh 'statue' of Morph masquerading as Wham!s lead singer no doubt). Erasure announce a mini-deluxe (omitting countless gems, so not an actual deluxe) of their masterful Erasure album, but type in 'Erasure deluxe cd' as a search and Amazon sees fit to present you with 'sponsored' new releases from Robbie bloody Williams, Bruce Springsteen, the Scunthorpe Mining Company Brass Band's Songs From The Olden Days and three pages of cd's from every artist imaginable with the exception of actual Erasure. Then we have artists who in their wisdom think those of us who are old enough to remember the day would really like to celebrate the anniversaries of their classics not with something I can see, and feel and hold in my hand, like an actual physical product, oh no! I'm expected to relive the golden days with a Tok Tik ad and a fecking FLAC file (I'm looking at you, Madonna!). So I've reached a point where I think, okay, I'll forego the new version of an artists music and look to Discogs for options - that long-sought disc that's been sat in my 'wantlist' for seventeen years and counting - there's one copy only, available c/o a dusty old bloke from El Quiche province in Guatemala who offers the 'bargain' price of twenty gold doubloons for said disc, but postage is priced at 'Three Kidneys and a Grandparent.'
I know it took a while and I had to be more patient, but I do miss the days of popping into my local WH Smith's and getting a thin slip of paper with 'Papa Don't Preach 12'' single' scribbled on it by the disgruntled check out boy in a Sisters Of Mercy tee and returning two weeks later to collect my prize.
And I know there are more important things in the world, and there's a war on and a cost of living crisis and nuclear buttons being stroked, and I'm sure (hope) they will appear eventually, but really, I just want my Tina Turner cd, and in these 'roaring' twenties, it just feels like an online obstacle course / Mensa test / Maze Runner episode just to have the greedy corps take my money.
There, I've said it. I feel better. I'm going to pop the kettle on and spend some quality time with my scratchy, wonky first edition of The Hits / The B-Sides.
Yes, they have stock problems for some reason. They are very late with pre-order links. Some orders despite Prime release day delivery get delayed on the day they are due, often not turning up until a week or 2 late. Lots of pre-orders don't have a release date delivery but if you don't order until the day before release, you get them the next day. Prime doesn't mean what it used to.Amazon UK are useless with new releases these days, especially re issues. Crap to be blunt.
Even had Amazon keep rejecting my payment method the other day although everything was thankfully fine my end. Took ages to sort it.Yes, they have stock problems for some reason. They are very late with pre-order links. Some orders despite Prime release day delivery get delayed on the day they are due, often not turning up until a week or 2 late. Lots of pre-orders don't have a release date delivery but if you don't order until the day before release, you get them the next day. Prime doesn't mean what it used to.
Even had Amazon keep rejecting my payment method the other day although everything was thankfully fine my end. Took ages to sort it.
Is there? Didn't see that.There's a banner on the site which mentions this, isn't there. Hope I don't get the same hassle. My credit is good, as they say.
"Online payments by credit or debit card are changing.Is there? Didn't see that.
I think I got most of them in HMV sales, maybe 7.99 tops...possibly 4.99....and I love all the EMI albums (well, maybe not the last one so much) so I always get the whole collection when it's Marillion. The 1998 remaster of Holidays isn't actually all that different, and it's possible the bonus disc material is also on the new box.
If you do get them all, the spines spell out "M A R I LL I O N".
Give me back the 80's.
Let’s hope so. I have been sick of the coloured vinyl era since it started.I'm amazed by how many variants come out on vinyl. I like to buy an album on vinyl now and again, but the prices are getting ridiculous. I read recently on Discogs that CDs are starting to gain popularity again due to being cheaper and, to my ears, they do sound better than vinyl and streaming services. My brother did some gigs a few weeks ago, and the CDs sold out, which he was surprised by. Maybe the tide is turning.
Three CD Essential Chris De Burgh compilation out on November 11th....
There's also a three CD Essential Tony Christie compilation out the week before (4th November)
Maxi cd singles please, filled to the brim with exclusive mixes, edits, and b-sides, back to the magical time before the chart-rules police came in and ruined the fun. To this day, I still can’t work out how creating compelling content to entice fans to part with their money became anti-competitive.And also (I'm still on one!), wasn't it not so long ago that we were being told of delays with producing vinyl for releases that had been announced / expected due to limited number of resources available (pressing plants etc) that seemingly hadn't anticipated the apparent increase in demand for vinyl after all these years? Yet here we are in late 2022 and every f@*king song and album ever released is getting a vinyl reissue, or in the case of some artists, fifty shades of vinyl. Coming to a web ad near you soon:
My Old Man's A Dustman (90th anniversary bin scented two-track 7'' featuring original version and previously unreleased original version with mildly different intro). A mere snip at £20 plus £50 postage.
Humpty Dumpty (437th anniversary egg shaped 7'' splatter vinyl with exclusive limited edition bonus bungalow-sized signed postcard). A bargain at just £40 plus £90 postage.
Sounds of the Silent Movies Era (110th anniversary soundtrack deluxe cover sleeve featuring spot-gloss and free complimentary amazon warehouse authenticated stickered envelope)*. Available in hues grey, blue, green, peach melba and croissant - bundle only £139.99 plus VAT and £130 delivery charge.
* please note, this exlusive, limited, deluxe release is sleeve only.
I feel like I'm in some Twilight Zone version of 2022 where the 80's never happened - y'know, that time when we all realised that compact discs were less prone to skips, crackles and jumps, could hold more tracks than their vinyl counterparts, took up less space on a shelf, and were shiny. I'm not anti-vinyl at all (I've just learned not to buy them anymore given they almost always have some defect) but decisions the so-called music industry is making recently seem quite unfathomable, particularly as someone whose format of choice is a compact disc. And no, I'm not giving myself over to streaming. I want to hold in my hands what I've paid for, not have it subject to the whim and fancy of labels who add and remove like the flick of a switch and then dole out a big marketing campaign because they're re-adding a song / album to streaming.
Give me back the 80's. I want my own CD's.