Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sugar- The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes

With the popularity and convenience of music downloading from stores such as iTunes, record labels have to find a creative ways to sell physical CD's and records. The addition of bonus tracks and special deluxe editions are becoming more common to entice buyers who want more bang for their buck. Vinyl records are making a comeback as many bands are producing a limited run, but I suspect this is appealing more for collectors and the "cool" hip kids as each LP includes a digital download of the same record. Many reissues and remastered CD's are even including bonus discs of unreleased material and outtakes from the sessions. A great example would be reissues of early Elvis Costello and REM CD's that have included extra discs of live concerts and demos.

A couple years back, I posted the bonus disc for Sloan's, One Chord To Another, entitled, Live At the Sloan Party. The extra disc was included only with the early pressings of the US release and is great example of something unique and lives up to the word "bonus". Another CD with a similar concept is Sugar's final release, Besides. Besides is a compilation of b-sides from previously available singles, as well as live and remixed versions of songs from their 2 full lengths and EP. The first 25,000 copies included the bonus disc, The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes, a live concert from the First Avenue in Minneapolis. Every time I see these CD's in a used music store, I always check inside to see if it includes the extra disc, but thanks to other music fans/bloggers on the worldwide web, I can share it here.

The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes (1995)
November 2, 1994

First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
  1. Gift
  2. Company Book
  3. Hoover Dam
  4. After All The Roads Have Led To Nowhere
  5. Where Diamonds Are Halos
  6. Slick
  7. Going Home
  8. Running Out Of Time
  9. Frustration
  10. Changes
  11. Can't Help You Anymore
  12. Helpless
  13. If I Can't Change Your Mind
  14. In The Eyes Of My Friends
  15. Clownmaster
  16. Gee Angel
  17. Explode And Make Up
  18. The Slim
SUGAR- The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes. rar


Doug said...

I still have my copy of the live disc with Besides. Sugar was spectacular and Bob Mould continues to be an amazing and inspiring songwriter.

Tony Cristaldi said...

Funny story...I bought the Besides CD at a used record store several years back, and it only had one CD...THE BONUS (live). I was wondering why the track listing didn't match up with the songs I was listening to, until I figured it out. And my bonus CD looks nothing like the one you have pictured. Mine has the identical design of the back cover of the CD booklet. Go figure...

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