One of the more annoying habits of record companies is reissuing a recent album with an extra track or two. This is usually to cash in on a hit single when there’s going to be a bit of a wait before there’s a whole new album to sell. All very nice for the people who’ve only just caught on to the act in question, but ever-so-slightly annoying for people who bought the CD the first time it came out. It’s happened to me a few times, and it can be frustrating. I rarely buy any “new” or “special” editions of things I’ve already bought. But there are exceptions, and this is one of them. Rufus Wainwright originally conceived the albums that were released as Want One and Want Two as a double album to be called Want. Well, in the usual way of record companies, this was decided not to be a good idea at all, no doubt for perfectly sound and completely boring reasons to do with finance, marketing and other things like that. But since the release of Want Two, and some very successful concerts, Rufus is now very popular, and so it’s time for the reissue treatment. And what’s being issued is Want on two CDs. There are some extra tracks to make it tempting for those of us who already have the original CDs, and for anyone who hasn’t got them yet, you’re in luck: this is being priced as a single album, so you can save some money while you’re at it.
If you’d rather have the separate albums, you’ll find links under my review of his Newcastle concert that I saw in April. But Want looks like a good starting point to me.
And next month, I’ll be seeing him again at the Sage Gateshead – watch out for my review
 There I go with that understatement thinginess again
 And not the same extra tracks that are on the UK release of Want Two