I just pulled one example from many – and didn’t take a photo of every edition – but Elton John’s “Goodbye to Yellow Brick Road” is the symptom of a multifaceted disease that grips every collector eventually, the “multiple-(re)issues-affliction” (M-R/I-A).
So far, I have not been able to get a grip on it because a) one hopes time and again (in vain) that a new reissue might possibly fix problems the previous one had, b) one thinks the bonus material on some new reissue might actually be worth the money invested, or, c), one is simply too old to remember what one already has in one’s collection.
I have, all told, seven (re)issues of the above album in my collection and that is, to say the least, exactly six too many. The difference in remastering quality is marginal, the bonus material so far has been totally superfluous and the album really doesn’t get better with each reissue. It was good, is good, and that’s it.
To remedy the problem, I’ve done four things these past months, just to make sure I might finally end up on the right track:
- I have decided to never again buy a reissue until I am 100% sure (not 99%) that it is (not might be) an improvement.
- I have decided to massively cull my collection and put a large number of CDs I own up for sale, no matter if CDs still are still worth anything or not. When push comes to shove, 1 Euro (or even less) + postage will do.
- I have completed an extensive list of my collection which I carry around with me at all times.
- This weekend I have started to turn that into an easily accessible (mobile) website which – so far – I only have access to. If you are interested in a link, let me know and once I’m done with that (it will take quite a while), the link (and password) will float your way.
P.S.: I also suffer from “parenthitis“, but that’s another affliction altogether (I think).