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Slow Hole to China: Rare and Released

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  • i am torn. this album rocks like no other and i would have give it 5 stars in a second, but they released this thing a few years ago w/ only 12 tracks and now they are re-releasing it? that’s a bunch of b.s. if you ask me! they should have just made a new e.p. with just the new stuff. honestly, while i love the additional tracks, i found it hard to spend over 10 bucks to get what is nearly an identical album to the previous release. why should i spend that much to get 3 new songs?!?!?!

    sure, pitchfork and lost needles was essentially a re-release too, but at least that stuff was from hard to find ep’s from their early days. stuff that you would be hard pressed to find now without paying out the @$$ for it so i am totally cool with that. but to re-release this less than 7 years since the original was released? come on. sounds like a band trying to cash in on something…

    and that is something that i would have never expected this from a band like clutch, who always deliver great album after great album all the while receiving little to no radio play, little promotion, etc., etc. for them to gouge the loyal fans (hey, all clutch fans are loyal fans!!!) is a disgrace! i have seen clutch several times and they always are top notch live, they always put out excellent studio albums, they put the time into releasing rare and out of print material, and all those other things that make them such a cool group of guys! but this is a serious load of donkey crap…for shame, clutch.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Yes, it’s true. This rerelease has only 3 new tracks compared to the original version. If that’s all you care about, then just download the new mp3’s at $0.99 each and skip buying the whole album.

    But a very important fact that no one else has yet to mention is that this release is digitally remastered. If you have a half-way decent stereo and the original version, then you already know that the original release is very poor quality. If you don’t have a half-way decent stereo, then you haven’t really heard Clutch at their full power.

    So my suggestion? Get this rereleased version if you have a good stereo. If you don’t have a good stereo, then get a new stereo and then get this rerelease. You’ll thank me later.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Absolutely great album focusing on some of Clutch’s tunes. Hardly a B-side album, any of these songs could have very easily been in previously released albums.

    Now the part that grinds my gears…

    I don’t like the whole re-releasing scheme… Add three songs to an album that most all Cluth fans already have, and expect them to buy it again. I’m sure they wouldn’t have to look very far to find another eight or nine songs, and they could have an entirely different “Rare and Unreleased” album, not one that has been out for seven years.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I don’t usually write reviews, but I figured I’d add this rating as a counter to the reviewers that feel gouged. (Note: I think the album description is inaccurate, the one with the brown cover background and 12 tacks is “Rare and Unreleased”, the 2009 one with the green background I picked up is called “Rare and Re-Released”)

    First, I’ll agree with Ian’s comments that any of these tracks could have been on a standard album and are not cutting room floor fodder. Second, there are new Clutch fans being created all the time (such as myself) who didn’t yet have the prior album. If you feel slighted at having bought the first one, you can get the 3 new tracks from this one as MP3s for $0.99 each… hardly going to break the bank.

    Finally, the music business is just that… a business. According to wiki, the prior album was released by two labels I’ve never heard of… this time it’s being released by Clutch’s own recording label Weathermaker. I had yet to see the older version in stores, so this re-release is more of a replacement to the prior version, which made it much easier for me to get it… and if it puts more money in Clutch’s pocket, well that just helps them to keep making new music.

    Consider the bands that release a string of largely redundant “best of” albums… this is not nearly that blatant.

    Posted on November 10, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now