Motorhead say that their new boxset is too expensive
'Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head,' says Lemmy of new 15-disc collection
The limited edition version of the band's new compilation, 'The Complete Early Years', includes eight of the band's early albums and a collection of singles. It also comes housed in a fake skull with red light-up eyes and also boasts extras including posters and a photo book, but is retailing at a princely $600 (£375).
The band have now released a statement distancing themselves from the collection and insisted it was released without their consent as they no longer own the recordings. They said: "Motorhead 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 boxset."
Singer Lemmy, meanwhile, added:
Unfortunately greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it even for the most rabid completists.
In November last year, Elvis Costello was involved in a similar row when he told fans not to purchase his boxset 'The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook' because of its £212.99 price tag. He suggested that the price of the boxset, which included a CD, DVD, vinyl EP and book and was a limited edition of 1,500 copies, was "either a misprint or a satire".
Motorhead released their 20th studio album 'The World Is Yours' in January last year, while Lemmy also released an LP titled 'Walk The Walk... Talk The Talk' with his side-project The Head Cat in June.