carlos b fly wrote:
If she had a really amazing song ready I sure as hell wouldn't want her to waste it on a GH. She should save that for the next studio album.
Yeah, I think that's just the real issue that people ignore and develop false expectations around -- in a world where you can download any song you want, GH albums need a gimmick or something special to sell them.
No, true. It was a great release for what it was though. As a GH collection goes, it was brilliant. Realistically, you don't release a GH collection in any climate in the middle of Spring. I will maintain it was daft as +*%@ and Vegas did nothing for the project in terms of rolling effect. If they pushed the album out this month or next, got a few pop up stands in Walmarts, Tesco's, etc as people are hitting those supermarkets on the festive gift hunt you'd have done better just from that.
Forget promo, that alone could sell it better and markets like the UK showed that with the numbers on The Ballads. These collections can be very easy sells but only when you get the easy time periods to cash in on lazy people.
Yeah, it really was a great collection. The concept behind it was as good as it gets for a casual fan -- all the #1s in one collection. It probably would have sold great even still in 2005/2006.
I liked the idea of pairing it with the Vegas show as a secondary factor, but yeah it's going to have very limited sales potential. The holiday idea is a good angle and I kind of wish they didn't have a "one and done" mentality with this project, because it could have had a second life.
The other option that I think could have worked for making money on it, not in volume but in price would have been to pitch an expensive, well packaged deluxe version at the hardcore fans. Throw a bunch of demos/alternate cuts on there and a big glossy oversized booklet with lots of cool tidbits about the songs and photos and I think it'd give it some value as a physical product to at least one group of fans. The Beatles are making a killing with stuff like that.