Every now and again, Australian record companies serve up those two track CD singles - the UK seems to have been also doing this more and more - BUT every now and then, they take us by surprise and serve up a few extra goodies. Take James Morrison's latest single 'You Make It Real', for example. In Britain, they got just two tracks, the title track and b-side 'Sitting On A Platform'. What James' fans from the UK might not be aware of is that the Aussie single is FOUR tracks plus the video, all for just $3.99AUD (equating to just £1.53).
Though the tracklisting on the Aussie single for Sam Sparro's '21st Century Life' mirrored the UK's release, his original single 'Black And Gold' served up something more for fans locally. The UK got b-side 'S.A.M.S.P.A.R.R.O.'. Australia, meanwhile, got the Al Usher remix, plus the 'Phones Hard As Diamond' remix and the enhanced video. Again, all for just $3.99 (£1.53).
And finally Freemasons and their single 'Uninvited' - while the UK single featured the single and club mixes, plus radio edit of 'Rain Down Love' and the After Hours Mix of 'Watchin', the Australian single featured the single version and four other mixes - just $4.99 (£1.91). We also applauded SonyBMG Australia on their pressing of the Jennifer Hudson single 'Spotlight' which has done quite well for them on export. And Anastacia's new single for 'I Can Feel You' has hit the stores today with radio edit, Steve Pitron club mix, b-side 'In Summer' and the enhanced video. As with everything these days, fans look for value in what they spend their hard earned cash on - we just thought it might be wise to offer up a suggestion to those reading from overseas - check the Aussie CD single releases too - 'cause sometimes, just sometimes, they're serving up something just a little extra...
(As at October 11, 2008: AUD $3.99 = £1.53GBP, $2.60US)