Canton Junction’s self-titled, double-length debut release is still offered for sale as a physical CD direct from Difference Media, but both the physical CD and the digital versions have been pulled from Amazon.com, iTunes, and I presume other outlets. If you want the original, go to DifferenceMedia.org and get ‘em before they’re gone.
It appears the group has a new CD coming out on May 21 titled Show Me Your Way. Eleven of the fourteen song titles from the upcoming release were on the earlier release. Those songs may have Michael Sykes’ vocals replaced by Shane McConnell’s, but maybe not. The new cover has no group photo, so it could be the same tracks.
This approach is rather odd.
I can understand wanting to get a new product out quickly, but it doesn’t make a great deal of sense to take so many songs from a collection that isn’t even cold yet and put them with just three previously unreleased cuts. I could see including “Hold On” with ten or eleven new songs, since that song has already had a run on radio. Most groups would just re-do the exposed vocals on the old product and repackage it as the same collection.
Granted, there was no major distribution deal for the first CD, so I guess they decided to back up and punt. Still, those fans who did buy the first CD aren’t going to be crazy about buying this second CD when so many of the songs are the same.
Here is the song list for the new CD:
1. I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now
2. Show Me Your Way
3. Dig a Little Deeper In God’s Love
4. The Son Shines Down on Me
5. Heaven Is
6. The Inviting Christ
7. Sweeter as the Days Go By
8. In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul
9. Softly and Tenderly
10. Hold On
12. Just a Little Talk with Jesus/Jesus on the Main Line Medley
13. In God We Still Trust
14. Back On My Feet Again
What do you think of this approach?