Posted by Clay on November 18, 98 at 09:02:42:
In Reply to: Re: New Savatage compilation "Believe" out today! posted by Nanne on November 18, 98 at 03:00:00:
Though to many it may seem unusual that band's issue so many compilations outside of America, the reason bands do this, as I've posted before, is because especially in Japan, there aren't giant record stores with a large stock on hand. Unlike in America, where one could go into a major chain store (i.e. Circuit City, Tower Records, Blockbuster Music, etc.) and be pretty much guaranteed to find Dead Winter Dead, for instance, most stores there I've been told generally only stock new releases. Repackaging catalog material in the form of new albums keeps your records in stores, basically. It can do nothing but help the band reach more listeners. Obviously, they'll need this album more than the die-hards.
At the same time, these songs were what the band thought represented major turning points in their career. I think it's a great selection of songs, personally. And the liner notes are pretty cool too :)
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