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10 October, 2005

One song that sold an album

I suppose this question is of diminished relevance in the age of downloads, but assuming, like me, you don't participate in that activity, would you buy an entire CD album, just for one song?

How about this one: if you bought an album on CD (for more than one song), then a couple of months later, another edition was released, absolutely identical but with the addition of a 'B-side' bonus track, would you buy the entire album again, just for that one song?


It may be a silly question, but if it's a B side, why don't you just buy the single?

I've found I often never listen to the 'bonus disks' of outtakes and odds and sods that accompany some albums more than once.

Posted by Tim Hall at October 10, 2005 10:26 PM

Sorry; I could have phrased that better. I didn't mean a literal 'B' side, already available on a single, just 'that sort of thing'; a bonus track which had originally been left off the album i.e. of lesser quality or a poor thematic fit.

Posted by NRT at October 10, 2005 11:15 PM

Ah, I get what you mean now.

I gave up on completism many years ago. I never went as far as buying a whole album for one bonus track, though. It took me a long time to get round to buying albums like Deep Purple's "Machine Head" because I already had live versions of half the songs. Better to spend the money on another album by a different band which contains only songs I haven't already got.

It's not just bands that play this trick. I never bought the second edition of John Vaughan's "Illustrated History of West Country China Clay Trains" (You couldn't make that title up!) because twenty quid for an extra sixteen pages of photos seemed poor value).

Posted by Tim Hall at October 11, 2005 07:03 PM
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