Come What(ever) May (Special Edition)
Re-dux version is the complete package for fans
Re-issues are always a point of contention. For some, they are viewed as another way to extort money from fans who already own the original version of an album. For others, they are another way to get even more material (be it studio tracks, outtakes, demos, video footage, etc) of their favourite bands. I guess the side of the fence you sit on could sway depending on just how much extra value you get by throwing down your hard earned cash again for an extended version of something you already own.
Stone Sour's sophomore album, Come What(ever) May, is the latest in a long line of re-issues courtesy of Roadrunner Records. As well as the already excellent studio cuts that featured on the original 12 track release, such as 30/30-150, the title track Come What(ever) May, Through Glass and Zzyzx Rd., the audio disc is completed with the addition of four studio cuts (Suffer, Fruitcake, The Day I Let Go and Freeze Dry Seal), an excellent cover of Chris Isaac's Wicked Game (recorded for Canadian Radio featuring Corey Taylor, Josh Rand and Jim Root) and a Corey Taylor spoken word titled The Frozen. Whilst it's normally clear as to why some recorded studio tracks don't make the final release, the reality is that any of those four tracks would have been quite at home on the album first time round.
The D.V.D. component is just as full. The main feature is a full length live show recorded in Moscow, Russia in October 2006 whilst on tour supporting Come What(ever) May. In this day an age of widescreen viewing, it's disappointing to see that it wasn't filmed in such a way, but that aside, there's plenty of cameras capturing every essence of the band on stage from Taylor's commanding work as the band's frontman to Rand's headbanging and Root's flamboyant guitar work through to Economaki's rumbling bass and Mayorga's drum kit assault, all recorded in enveloping Dolby Digital surround sound. The concert features everything you'd expect from Stone Sour live - 30/30-150, Inhale, Come What(ever) May, Bother, Through Glass and Get Inside amongst others, all of which were received to rapturous applause and cheers after each track. Also included on the D.V.D. are the video clips to 30/30-150, Through Glass and Sillyworld to round it all out.
This is the definitive version of the album for fans and new comers alike. This is the absolutely essential edition of Come What(ever) May that is a complete time capsule of everything Stone Sour circa 2007.
(Roadrunner Records/Warner Music Australia)