[quote="larrycrane"][quote="placeholder68"]Do you see there being an avenue for "curiosities" in the future?
If everything was solely up to me there would be more songs on the bonus disc. Hell, I'd do a boxed set based on Either/Or and wrap in related tracks from New Moon, Mic City Sons, the alternate versions 4 songs, a live show, etc. But I didn't wanna suggest going that far!!! In the end I think it's kind of a nice bonus disc and doesn't overshadow the main album. I don't know where the "stragglers" would end up. I was happy to get a few odd instrumentals and stuff on the HAY soundtrack, but I also read reviews that said negative things about it. I thought fans would be happy, and in my heart I'm a music fan more than anything and like hearing more of an artist's work. I can understand how you do too.
The big thing to remember is that this stuff is scrutinized by media and fans. People always refer to Jeff Buckley's catalog when talking to me, and say negative things about too much being released posthumously. I actually have no idea if that's the case, I've never listened to the albums in question or even seen a list of titles(!). But I know Elliott's folks do not want it to be perceived that they are plundering the vaults for any little scrap or that it's all about money or something like that. But imagine if we did a "rarities" album: What would people say? I can tell you it would not be the strongest record of Elliott's by any shot! But the songs all have something going on of interest. But then people would say mean **** about it, and though fans might embrace it it could taint Elliott's catalog and/or memory in some way. I just don't know...
EO Expanded is definitely a nice bonus disc, but with the scarcity of releases and never knowing if another one is coming, there's a tendency to clamour and want more, more, more from fans like me. Glad to hear you're of the mind to put more out there, but yeah, I get that it's totally complicated.
It does really bother me that naysayers and critics can maybe, somewhat, even slightly possibly
influence the release of more Elliott music. Preserving ES' legacy is paramount (and I can't even imagine bearing any of the weight of something like that), but I would argue there's an effective way to do it posthumously that isn't crass. Alas, I'm preaching to the choir, but I know exactly the type of (baseless, I think) comments you're talking about.
The vault plundering/money grubbing comments, or threat of, suck. They seem to get hurled at Hendrix's family a lot. Maybe it's true in that case, I don't know. All I do know is that they've put out a ton of work I'm super happy to hear. I never understood the idea of "new" releases taking something away from older ones.
Obviously, the handling of posthumous releases is subjective and touchy, but given the care the 3 of ES' have seen (4 with EO Expanded), I'd hate to see some negative dorks control the narrative. I say **** 'em, but who am I.
And hey, if you ever get the chance, check out Big Star's Third
) on Omnivore as an example if you're ever looking for a From A Basement
project to pitch or curate.