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Great album, so-so reissue.
on August 12, 2010
In recent years, I've come to my senses and have resisted blindly buying neatly-packaged reissues of albums I already own. Remastering, particularly with albums that aren't very old, often consists of compressing the original album's dynamics and giving it a volume boost so it'll sound good on an iPod rather than a proper hi-fi. Also, in many cases, the bonus material isn't great enough to justify buying the album a second time. My love for Rated R, however, made me ignore my usual rules and take the double-dip.
As thrilled as I am to have the five b-sides, the live Reading Festival tracks are fairly average in terms of sound quality and performance. They're not bad, but I'll be surprised if I find myself really going out of my way to listen to them down the road. In fact, I kind of wish they had just thrown the b-sides at the end of disc one and released this as a cheaper single disc package. As it stands, it comes off like they were stretching to fill a disc up. Additionally, the CD booklet is basically just a slightly altered (and uglier) variation of the original one. No new essays or photos. Pretty lazy. Hey, at least the Rated X vinyl edition has a bunch of porn pics in the gatefold. QOTSA have so many great rarities and non-album tracks that I really wish they would just compile all of those tracks (as many bootleggers have) into one tidy package rather than scattering them across expanded editions of albums like this. That would be a pretty irresistible set.