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Reply to "Does anyone else feel a bit let down about these Archive Releases?"

Except they have released several we didn't already have in good sound: two '77s, a 1984 and a 1988. And I distinctly remember people (perhaps not on this board) complaining that they were "standard" shows and why couldn't they have released, say, Mountain View 1988, which was an extraordinary show? Same went with the DVD of the Houston Darkness show: how on earth could they pick that over Passaic? Have they no basic morality?!

(It's been interesting to watch as the unhappiness over such a "standard" show as Houston '78 has seemed to turn over the years to an admission that even a standard show from that tour was pretty extraordinary and that just maybe there was something pretty cool about having a show we didn't all know by heart already.) 

I don't think they're going to be able to make everyone happy. (Well, apparently, except for me and a handful of other.) Release rarities and people are unhappy that their all-time faves ("where's Winterland?! Why no Bottom Line yet?! ROXY!!!") are getting bypassed. Release upgrades of well-known shows—even with the number of tracks more than doubled, which is the thing that's really blowing my mind—and people are upset 'cuz they've already had 'em for years. 

Given that there's no winning, I think they're doing a great job. Now I'm off to cuddle my stellar quality Christic and New Year '75 boots while listening again to "Downbound Train" 1988. 

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