Today I received a box in the mail from a rather kind benefactor that contained a bunch of copies of the Deluxe Edition of “13” as well as a vinyl copy of the album for myself. I intend on giving away the majority of the copies of the CD in the next couple of days, but in the meantime, I have a few reactions to the packaging, so I thought I’d throw together some pictures and address a few questions I’ve seen online over the last few days. Please note I DO NOT have a copy of the Super Deluxe Box set (or the standard CD), nor did I order one. I’m sure I’ll end up with one somewhere along the way.
Also, if anyone has any questions about this that I didn’t cover, let me know in the comments, I’ll try and address that with updates if necessary.
What I received was multiple copies of the 2 CD Deluxe Edition. A few bullet points about it.
- It arrives shrink wrapped, with a sticker on the outside attached to the shrink wrap.
- It’s got one of those lenticular covers that changes its look based on what angle you’re looking at it. I posted a vine video earlier today showing this. You can see that here.
- The lenticular cover would be why folks were starting to panic about different covers and all that. It looks a lot different in real life with that kind of cover than just the raw album art does.
- The package expands out and is a trifold. The inside is a wider shot of the main cover art with a “13” on it.
- Inside are the two CD’s as well as the old “jewel case booklet”.
- The booklet DOES contain lyrics, although to this old fart, they’re kind of small. :)
- The discs themselves have an art design on them that reminds me of something I’ve seen before from the Paranoid era of the band.
- Disc 2 has only the three bonus tracks on it. Nothing else. I hoped there might be some sort of hidden something – pictures, unannounced tracks, but nope. Disc 2 is just three songs, and that’s it. I presume the forthcoming Best Buy version will have a different version of this disc, just with four tracks.
Here’s a few pictures of the CD stuff…
These other pictures are a still sealed copy of the CD, the back cover of the CD, and one of the CD’s up close.
The vinyl album is visually a larger version of what’s on the CD. The exterior artwork is the same, save for the fact that vinyl has just the basic 8 tracks, and not the 11 on the Deluxe CD. Also, the sticker that’s on the front shrink wrap is obviously different. It also has a nice weight to it. I remember the death of the vinyl era (yeah, yeah, I know it never really went away – but you know what I mean), and some of the vinyl produced in that area had a cheap flimsy feeling. This doesn’t. It’s the good 180gm stuff. If you’re into vinyl, you might have a different say to this, as I’m not THAT into vinyl, but I can say this from personal memories of what vinyl used to feel like when it was being phased out.
I cannot attest to the audio fidelity here, because I don’t have a record player anymore. Even if I did, with my ongoing tinnitus, I’m not sure if I’d notice the difference anyway! ha. A few bits about the vinyl
- Like the CD, it comes shrink wrapped with a sticker attached to the shrink wrap. The sticker is different than the CD, however both in size and content.
- There are two discs in here, labeled Sides “A/B/C/D”
- The exterior sticker mentions there’s a free mp3 download available. The card is very small – it’s just a 3 inch square. It could quite easily be missed if you didn’t realize it’s in there. Mine was stuck in the fold at the end of the vinyl case.
- The download card worked for me (I’m in Texas). What you get in the resultant download is a Zip file that contains 8 mp3s in there, comprising the 8 songs that are on the vinyl release. The mp3s themselves are encoded at 320k – and were encoded with iTunes 10.6.1.7 (according to the metadata).
- Each of the discs has artwork from the studio recording on the exterior of the paper. Also on there are the lyrics to the songs, as well as the credits.
- The vinyl discs have the same pattern in the middle that the CD’s do. When I showed that to my wife, she remarked “That would probably look cool spinning around on a turntable, shame you don’t have one anymore”. She’s right. If anyone here DOES have a record player and buys this, do me a favor. Make a vine video showing it spinning around on the turntable and let me know about it. I’d like to see that. :)
Here’s some vinyl pictures…
That’s all I can think of for now. If there’s anything about these two editions you want to know about, let me know in comments, I’ll try and address them.
I do NOT have the Deluxe Box set, nor do I have the “basic” single CD release, either. If I happen upon them, I’ll add some addtl comments. Let me know what you think.