I received a reply from FriendsOfLive and it seems I had missed the info on their site mentioning that there would be two versions of Awake, with or without DVD. They have passed my mail on to the marketing guys to try and find out why the CD/DVD combo does not seem to have been released in South Africa.
Live is a great band so I suggest that whether you know their music or not, you go out and buy at least Awake :: The Best Of Live, if not their other albums too.
In my post Awake, I mentioned that I had received an e-mail from FriendsOfLive, the web site of the band Live, notifying of a new release. Extracting the essence, it said;
The new CD/DVD combo package, “Awake, The Best of LIVE” hits stores worldwide on November 2nd
Worldwide was apparently not to be taken literally because it was yesterday before I finally found product on a local store’s shelves. Naturally I bought a copy, rushed it home, only to find that it was not a CD/DVD combo as promised but merely a CD, with a slightly different track listing to the US release. Needless to say, I am not amused and sent the e-mail below to FriendsOfLive. I suppose there is a slight hope that it ends up with someone that can actually make a difference and help to provide better uniformity for future worldwide releases.
This is the e-mail I sent as a reply to the one I received from them.
After almost daily visits to record stores here in South Africa, I finally found Awake on the shelves yesterday and bought a copy. The packaging didn’t say anything about a DVD but I remembered that the latest Linkin Park CD/DVD was in a standard jewel case so I wasn’t too worried. Imagine my disappointment, that soon turned to disgust, when I found no DVD on opening the case.
Why would the ZA release not have the DVD? Is this to be taken as a message that the band sees us as second class fans, not worthy of receiving what fans elsewhere do. I seem to remember that there was some extra with The Distance To Here that was also not available with the ZA release. After having bought every one of Live’s albums (some twice after the first copies were stolen) I am beginning to wonder if I should continue to do so.
I love Live’s music, but the marketing/distribution of it really sucks. To be told that the release will be a CD/DVD combo when in fact it is only a CD makes me wonder if the album might not more aptly be titled, “Awake :: The Best Of LIES”
Just received the following by e-mail from Friends of Live.
LIVE fans…it’s coming! The new CD/DVD combo package, “Awake, The Best of LIVE” hits stores worldwide on November 2nd, less than 2 weeks away!!
The album is a CD/DVD combination. The CD contains 19 of LIVE’s most memorable songs, including a cover of the Johnny Cash tune, “I Walk The Line” and the previously unreleased “We Deal in Dreams.” The DVD contains 22 videos, plus an album by album commentary by Ed Kowalczyk!