How do you feel about artists re-releasing material as different mixes than the original? I think specifically of Raw Power when I ask this. A lot of purists/people who bought the record in 1973 claim the Bowie version is better, but a lot of people who heard the record after the dust had settled were left dissatisfied and were more interested in the loud, distorted 1997 Iggy mix. Which do you prefer? Why?
Also, with Reissues in general, do you prefer they just reissue the album itself, or do you like to have a long row of deluxe editions and legacy editions on your shelf/hard-drive? Do you ever listen to the actual bonus material?
I find myself favoring deluxe editions of my absolute favorite albums moreso than with albums I just admire. A "deluxe edition" of VU's discography in Peel Slowly & See complete with demos and B-sides and live versions, the whole nine yards, actually gets some play from me; however, the Luxe & Reduxe Slanted & Enchanted, though the liner notes and packaging are great and I enjoy the album, seems like a waste of money when I realize that spending under half the money would have bought the part of the album I actually listen to.