MOTÖRHEAD, the hardest-working, hardest-touring band in the world, loves when fans buy their records, but not this time. A new box set, called “Complete Early Years Box Set”, has just come out by the company who has the rights to the band’s early recordings, and they are charging over $600 for it!
Earlier this year, the band was able to temporarily halt the product from coming out, but now MOTÖRHEAD has learned that the label is moving ahead with the project, which is scheduled for release in December. MOTÖRHEAD have no control over what’s done with these early songs, and they want to make sure fans are completely aware that they have no involvement whatsoever in releasing such an expensive box set.
Before the initial release was blocked, MOTÖRHEAD‘s iconic frontman Lemmy said: “Unfortunately, greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists!”
He now adds: “It really bothers me that these people would put this out at these prices especially in this day and age, when money is tight. There you go again labels, trying to squeeze out every last dime you can from our fans.
“But they reap what they sow, don’t they? Look what’s going on with the music business. These are fine examples of corporate greed: reissuing the same stuff over and over again, overcharging the customers with outrageous pricing, basically trying to rape our fanbase.
“Although we still make money from record sales, this is not the way I ever intended it. I don’t like to see fans getting ripped off or taken advantage of. And that’s what’s happening here.”
If fans do want to gift a loved one with some new MOTÖRHEAD product this holiday, by all means, please pick up the band’s most recent “The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else”, the follow-up to 2011’s “The Wörld Is Ours – Vol 1 – Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else”.
Like its sibling, “Anyplace Crazy…” is packed with more magnificent Motörmaterial from “The Wörld Is Yours” tour, including the triumphant 2011 Wacken headline appearance as well as highlights from the Sonisphere and Rio shows. More than anything, these are new recordings, new releases and compiled with care and attention from the band themselves.
If you want to support MOTÖRHEAD, then this is the way to do it. And if you do have a hankering for the old material, remember, it is still available piecemeal, and not simply via the outrageously overpriced box set.
For more information on “Complete Early Years Box Set”, go to this location.