Better Late Than Never

Was sick yesterday so the 35th Anniversary of this album, my very favourite Abba album, completely slipped my mind.

I was ten years old when it was released and although I pretty much hated disco and dance music at the time this album appealed to me for some reason.

I loved every track, from the title track to the live performance of “The Way Old Friends Do”, and couldn’t get enough of the vinyl LP and 8-track.

This was of course also one of my parent’s favourite english pop albums so I grew up listening to it and “Greatest Hits Vol 2”, which was released the year prior to this album’s release. And I believe it was almost as popular here in Canada as it was it Europe, charting at the 6th position.

Jagged Little Disappointment

Twenty years have passed since the release of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”. And to celebrate this anniversary a four CD collector’s edition will be released today.

This boxed set of course includes the original recordings, remastered, ten unreleased demo tracks from that period, the acoustic album that was released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of Jagged Little Pill and a dozen live recordings from a performance recorded at London’s now defunct “Subterranean” rock club. And I’d say this is an acceptable collection, overall. But it is missing something that would have had me running to the store to buy it.

Upon hearing of this release I had hoped her label would consider including a bonus DVD containing all of the album’s music videos and several live recordings. But it appears that they have chosen to pass on another opportunity to do this.

They could have added these music videos to the “Jagged Little Pill Live” DVD in 1999, or “Feast on Scraps” DVD in 2002 or on the bonus DVD included with “The Collection” in 2005. And although I can view them on Youtube i’m still puzzled as to why I can’t purchase all of these videos on iTunes.

I will probably end up purchasing the unreleased demo recordings and a few live performances from the collection on iTunes. But still, I can’t say i’m satisfied with this release because it didn’t include a DVD.

Hysteria’s 25th Anniversary

Def Leppard’s “Hysteria” was released 25 years ago, today. And though this isn’t a Canadian album, I thought I’d bump it because is is one of my favorite metal albums of all time.

Unfortunately the album is unavailable online due to a dispute in-between the band and it’s label. But live performances of many of the hits found on this album have been released on Mirror Ball – Live & More.

Mirror Ball - Live & More - Def Leppard