Well now, of course I'm fully aware of the Essentials collection... considering I referenced it in my initial post. I was simply recalling something I heard a while back.
Also, I'm not completely sure about the Essentials' label connection to Al or anything, but I don't think that was something that was influenced (or even put out by? again, not positive) directly by Al's label.
I've Seen Weird Al In Person:
8/26/08, 5/22/10, 7/15/10, 7/16/10, 7/17/10, 11/5/10, 9/22/11, 9/24/11, 9/25/11, 4/30/12