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- Posted on Mar 23rd 2010 6:30AM by Julian Marszalek
Garvey is adamant that the right to choose whether an album is sold as a single entity or made available as separate tracks via digital download services such as iTunes is something that "should reside with the artist" and no one else.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Garvey explained, "It's a matter of artistic integrity. If the end game for you is an album, you should be able to sell it as an album.
"If the end game for you is a collection of songs, which for many people it is, then that's how your music should be enjoyed as well.
"If you write a collection of songs, then it's the same as having a book of short stories. But if you write novels with chapters, that's how your music should be experienced."
Garvey conceded that this right isn't something that would apply to all musicians, only those who want to present their work as a single collection.
"It's not that the album is the only way you should listen to music, far from it," he said. "I just think it should be the choice of the musician [as to] how their work is sold."