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The Rock-itt : February 2012
I’ve been scouring, like everyone else, for bargains in the January sales. Have you noticed how the Marketeers cannot come up with a better way other than adding SALE into whatever they advertise? Basically it means that everything is on sale all the time, you just have to be canny to find the real deals. I’ve been looking for deals on those CD Boxed Sets that were being pushed as ideal Christmas presents for exorbitant pric- es in December. There were a few good deals to be had and I got the Paul Kelly A-Z Recordings for under $50 which put a smile on my face. What took the smile off very quickly was a stroll through K Mart’s increas- ingly small Music CD aisle. You wouldn’t expect more than just a couple of collectors type box sets in there but what I wasn’t quite ready for was the cheap and nasty re- packages that the major record companies are doing to shift units. Warners started it off last autumn with the rather good series of five artiste’s albums being packed in a slip case and sold for $20. I thought they were a bargain and indeed I reviewed the Todd Rundgren package here in Rock-itt. What made them good was that whilst they weren’t the absolute gems in the Artistes catalogue they were great introductions and they did us the favour of using slip case facsimiles of the original albums. In essence they put the ef- fort in and presented the artist in reasonable fashion. What brought me up sharp in K Mart was the re-packaging of a few classic al- bums e.g.; Crowded House “Woodface” along with “Temple of Low Men”, not as a double pack but on a single CD with no real artwork job just cheap and cheerful for about $6. I guess many would say; “so what, they are old albums, why should they be treated any different?” It’s a valid point but the work and history involved in albums like these is worth more consideration in my book. I’m willing to bet that the artistes aren’t that keen on this low level marketing. They won’t sell that many anyway and they are classic al- bums and the bargain bin treatment doesn’t reflect their true worth. If they were my al- bums I would rather have them not available for a few years then bring them back off the back of some genuine demand for a long lost treasure. K Mart had four different Johnny Cash compilations all at least 3 CD packag- es. So, if you disagree with me lob down to K Mart and top up your collection, then again there aren’t many people buying CD’s any more. However, Adele’s massive worldwide success has proved that at least someone can still sell physical product. The UK singer’s album “21” celebrated a year on the chart in Australia at the end of January and its 26th week at No.1. She still has a way to go to beat Dire Straits who had “Brothers in Arms” at number one for 34 weeks but I reckon she may do it; her album has already sold 700.000 copies in Australia alone! Possibly not destined to be quite as big as Adele but definitely someone I think will be a huge hit in 2012 is another Pommy female Emili Sande. Emeli is one of the most sought after songwriters in Britain at the moment, penning tracks for some of that country's biggest pop purveyors including Cheryl Cole, Cher Lloyd, Leona Lewis, Wiley and even Susan Boyle. Unbelievably her first name is actually Adele!!! She’s from Aberdeen Scot- land and actually deferred a medical degree course to sign with Virgin Records last year. In the UK Emeli had her debut single ‘Heaven’ peak at No. 2 plus she had a No.1 single with Professor Green (‘Read All About It’), After selling out her own UK tour, she was the main support on the Coldplay Euro- pean tour at the end of 2011. The music I have heard so far reminds me of Massive Attack which is no bad thing. Give her a French sounding name Emile Sande but she’s from Aberdeen in Scotland. Her first name is Adele! Her debut album is out on February 10th.