Re: [M3-39] Music Discussion Thread
I don't mind remix albums that much. Sure, it may signify a lack of ideas, but at least every song is somewhat different from the original. Sometimes it's even fun to compare the different versions.
The other two types you mentioned are uninteresting for long-time fans, but compilation albums are at least nice in two situations:
(1) A complete compilation album (or a set of complementary compilation albums) provides a convenient way to get the circle's discography (at least up to a certain point)
(2) Themed compilation CDs, e.g. "<vocalist> Compilation" or "<style> Compilation". They're great if the circle likes to vary its vocalists/styles/whatever, but you only like one of them and don't want to buy their normal CDs when you'll probably dislike most of its tracks anyway.
Best-of albums just annoy me. My opinion of what constitutes the "best" tracks rarely matches that of the artists.
Oh, and I hate it when compilation/best-of albums contains exclusive songs. It's basically saying "oh, you've been a loyal fan from the start and already own all of these songs? TOO BAD! You're not getting this exclusive song unless you buy a CD just for it!"
Lost Garden's M3 album is a compilation of itm songs with a couple new, exclusive tracks on it, which does kind of suck, but I'm a huge sucker for itm's music so I bought it anyway (even though I already have all the "old" songs from buying their previous albums).
Just anecdotal, but I've ordered from Diverse Direct about 8 times, and never had an issue, though the last time I ordered from there was M3-37.