MotÃ¶rhead has come out swinging about their newly released $600 box set titled The Complete Early Years. The elaborate packaging is the band's trademark skull - complete with light up eyes - packed with eight early albums from MotÃ¶rhead through No Remorse along with some singles, posters and a book of photos. Frontman Lemmy Kilmister made this statement:
Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists. MotÃ¶rhead have no control over what's done with these early songs, and don't want fans to think that the band is involved in putting out such a costly box set.
Elvis Costello was similarly critical of a deluxe package issued by his label, for many of the same reasons. The conflicts highlight the fractured ownership that band's have of their early catalogues, and how labels rarely need permission to issue these types of compilations.
That said, it is a pretty impressive looking set.