Saturday, April 14, 2007

Following up on the previous post...

So let's talk about release dates. My favorite album of '04, Art Brut's Bang Bang Rock and Roll, did not get released in America till '05. I took the hard line that the album could not reappear on my '05 list. However, recently I remembered that in 2001 I listed Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in my best-of list, despite that it was only available at the time as an online stream and/or leak. And when it was bona fide released in 2002, I put it at number one.

Now I find myself in a similar situation. Jarvis received a '06 release in the Europe and elsewhere and an '07 release here in the States. I have no intention still of listing it on the '07 list. Am I wrong? If there are any critics or listmakers who wish to comment, please tell me: Where do you stand on the nature of imports, delayed release dates in the U.S. and the like?


Blogger japanesegodjesusrobot said...

I listed Art Brut's debut on my list for '05 (though it didn't come out in the U.S. until last year), so I'm pretty strict when it comes to that sort of stuff. I think that the gaps in release dates are completely negated by the internet.

However, though I didn't keep a list back then, I would've picked Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as my #1 or #2 pick for 2002 since it didn't get an official release until April of that year (though it was available for free download for a year before that).

What's bad about this is that often times I'll start listening to an album that came out in the previous year (usually late in the year) and I can't list it since I didn't give it enough time during the actual year that it was released.

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