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:rarum 2 Go

Greatest hits albums often signal the decay of a musical career, a record company’s effort to suck the last bits of marrow from the corpse of a deadwood artist. The albums are impersonal, the tracks snatched from the context of their original recordings and relocated with the authenticity of Epcot’s circle of nations. In short, the music is stolen from the artist for the sake of profit.

So, in May 2003, when ECM released its own series of greatest hits collections, titled :rarum, did they change their motto to: “The most beautiful sound next to a cash register?”

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