Hybrid – Classics Album
Yesterday saw pre-order’s go live on Distinctive Records website for Hybrid’s long awaited Classic’s album. A special edition 4 disc box-set, apparently only available via the Distinctive Recs website, the album relives some of the groups finest achievements since their first album, Wide Angle, was released in 1999. The 4 disc set covers every corner of the Hybrid spectrum featuring: Classics (with an exclusive remix of Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence’), Instrumental + Remixes, Orchestral, and Cinematic Soundscapes. The track listing is impressive, with a heap of hard to find remixes and unreleased material.
If you’re as big a fan as I am, you would’ve been pretty excited to hear the news that the album was now available to pre-order. Yet, when I jumped onto the Distinctive site I was confronted with a price tag I did not expect and an extremely shoddy web-store. Costing it up, including postage, it was going to cost over US$90 to get the 4 CD box-set delivered. Perhaps if it were a Vinyl release, I could justify the amount, but for a CD release I was a little bit skeptical. Distinctive fail to offer any extra information about the actual release, other than the track listing of the album – no information on the way its packaged or displayed, and definitely no photos of said box – yet they’re asking fans to cough up a premium figure. It just doesn’t make sense. Somewhat disillusioned by the whole fiasco, I did a little bit of digging and found out some interesting stuff via Hybrid’s Facebook page…
This is a limited edition box set which will only ever be available through Distinctive Records and maybe via our website if Distinctive will sell us some copies. Distinctive Records owns all our music and it is them who are organising and pricing this entire release, apart from our name at the top, the release has not been organised in any way by ourselves. We as yet don’t have the details of the extra CD that is being offered by Distinctive, which is why we can’t give you any more details. It may be hard to believe, but we are almost as in the dark as you are! We will pass your grievances onto Distinctive and we’re sorry that you feel ripped off.
With regard to the posting costs. It is a large item (over 12″ square) and will be of substantial weight (aprox 1kg), plus the materials to wrap the box securely and the time it takes to manually pack the item. It all mounts up and costs us money to do. We do understand that it may seem that we are over charging for the postage, but we really are doing our best to keep these prices as low as possible. I hope you understand that we appreciate your support, and it really isn’t us trying to charge excessive postage on a large and heavy item.
Shedding a bit of light on the issue, it helps to know that the box-set is substantial in weight, and size. It’s sad to hear that Hybrid haven’t really had any type of creative control over the release, which makes you question how much, if any, money they’ll see. Despite all of that, the album is impressive and more than likely to be the last album release we’ll see from the group – at-least under the Distinctive label!
Whilst you make up your minds here’s a snippet from their exclusive Depeche Mode remix:
And, of-course, the track list!
01 Finished Symphony
Instrumentals + Remixes
01 Sinequanon (Instrumental)
01 Opening Credits
01 This Is What It Means (Rewinded Edit)
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Tags: Classics, Distinctive Records, Hybrid, Wide Angle