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Slow Hole to China: Rare and Released

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  • 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