I think what really needs to be kept in mind when it comes to Welcome to My World is who this CD is targeted towards. As true Daniel fans, we already own all these songs. The on-line version does offers four very rare bonus songs (this is more for "us" the die hard fans). The four bonus tracks are:
Tears Stupid Tears
When We All Become Famous In the Sky
Closer to the Truth
I Wish I Were Black
Welcome to My World is more or less the “unofficial” sound track to The Devil and Daniel Johnston movie since the movie will not have sound track. Welcome to My World is for the “new” fan that has just seen the movie and is looking for a place to begin exploring the “Stress era” Daniel.
Welcome to My World offers 21 songs for 11.98 and that is a hot price for anybody who wants to check out Daniel for the first time. All the songs come from the best possible source tapes and then the songs were gently re mastered (removing tape hiss, pops, fixing drop outs and slightly trimming intros and outros.) to showcase Daniel’s voice a bit more. For a new fan this is a great CD to buy to become more acquainted with Daniels unique sound and style.
It was incredibly difficult and time consuming to pick 25 songs and then place them in some kind of working order that has continuity and flow. It’s a mind bending task that had me up many a late nights.
Talking about eMusic, the movie and downloadable Daniel music check out Feuerzeig’s “eMusic Dozens”:http://www.emusic.com/lists/showlist.htmlnickname=JeffFeuerzeig&lid=714303&p=1
Does Jeff’s list do a good job showing a well rounded view of Daniel’s music that eMusic offers? Why would things like Discovered Covered, Rejected Unknown or even Welcome to My World” be left out when something like Dead Dog Eyeball and It’s Spooky are showcased? Is the goal of “The Dozens” not to show how an artist begins and where he’s at now? A true artist matures over time and Daniel has really shown that he’s come a long way as a singer song writer and I personally feel the dozens list does not showcase Daniel well.