Monday, May 15, 2006

More, more, more

Granted, here in waterlogged Massachusetts I'm not a regular reader of the Beauregard Daily News (it's in DeRidder, La., apparently), but Google, which steadfastedly sends me all news stories that mention the Clash's Sandinista!, directs me to this piece, which is a review of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers double, called "Way Over the Line: Artists Need to Learn to Edit Themselves." Key paragraph for our purposes:

The phenomenon has been around for decades and has crossed into every genre - even the Clash followed up their classic "London Calling" with "Sandinista," a triple record-set which would have been great as a single disc.

That is the conventional wisdom about the original Sandinista!: It should have been pruned. I hope our tribute album is another piece of ammunition supporting the argument that releasing the whole three-pieces-of-vinyl record in its huge, messy glory was a very, very good idea.


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