A brief discussion I had with @JosepZ made me give some thought to something we all pretty much just take for granted. It’s more than a little obvious that these days we’re obsessed with that mysterious thing so named, “ an outtake”. I’ll never forget the first time I put in my initially acquired Ultra Rare Trax CD and heard the alternate take of I Saw Her Standing There or even far crazier, that of Can’t Buy Me Love in a higher key and with (unfitting)background vocals. Talk about exciting! Okay, so we can’t get enough of these alternates and working versions…but my question is, why?? The guys that made this music have been quoted as asking, why on earth would anyone be interested in these rough versions. To them, such outtakes are scraping the bottom of the barrel. To us they’re the selling point of a given box set. Why?