First off, a lot of folks have been complaining about a deluxe edition having been released by Epitaph. They believe Epitaph is turning into just another big name record company. Let me set the record straight by saying these people are simply those who have the album and can't justify dishing out another 20 bucks for the deluxe edition. And as far as I'm concerned, Epitaph is offering the fan base a great thing here.
I'm writing this review for those that have already purchased New Maps of Hell as I also purchased the album upon its release. But I also purchased the deluxe edition and I have to say... It's well worth the money.
All of the original songs are still intact on the CD as they were in the original release. In addition are seven acoustic tracks. Personally, I didn't buy it for those as I don't think the Bad Religion sound really fits well in an acoustic setting. But Greg has done some solo acoustic work and I know he's good at it. Time will tell whether I get into them.
What really stands out in my opinion is the DVD. If you have Bad Religion's Live at The Palladium, then you'll understand that a concert like that will cost around 20 bucks. Well this is no different. There's an entire concert filmed at the House of Blues in Vegas on this DVD. It consists of 22 songs and the production is actually quite good. It consists of old favorites like Modern Man, Generator, No Control, I want to Conquer the World, American Jesus, and a slew of others including tracks off of New Maps of Hell. It may not be as energetic as past concerts, but it's done very well.
There's also a documentary on the DVD of how Brett and Greg recorded the acoustic tracks. I don't much care for that, but others might. I may get into it eventually as the acoustic tracks may eventually grow on me after a few listens as I mentioned earlier.
In addition to the concert and documentary, there are two videos (New Dark Ages and Honest Goodbye) from the new album and footage to the making of New Maps of Hell. These are nice little treats as I've always loved Bad Religions videos. It's not like you're going to see these on MTV or VH1. Do they even play music anymore?
If all of this isn't enough, how about two double-sided posters you can hang on your refrigerator or walls? I've already displayed my love for the band and it shows every time someone walks over to the fridge to grab a beer.
And what's a Bad Religion album without the lyrics. It comes with an updated lyric booklet but with Brett and Greg's scratch marks throughout on separate pages. Much like what Suffer looks like, but also with computer-printed lyrics.
So in closing, please don't listen to the whiny little self-righteous kids who are complaining that they released a deluxe addition to New Maps of Hell and that it's just to increase sales. For those that don't have the album yet, they're getting a killer deal. Those that do have the album are still getting a great deal with all of the extra goodies. As far as I'm concerned, if they whine about it and refuse to buy it, then they're not true Bad Religion fans. And if they lack the money and actually want it... Well... They're just whining because their jealous.