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14 October 2013
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I have gone off-topic in one or two threads to lament the fact that most CD covers are pale imitations of LP covers, even when they could have made an imitation of fold-outs etc most of them don't ("Sgt, Peppers", "Walls And Bridges" anyone?).

I just bought "New", and the packaging is OK - nothing special.

It just happened that one of the other acts I like, Pearl Jam, have a new CD out just now as well.  Even if you don't follow them, if you are getting "New" at a 'bricks and mortar' store check out their new CD "Lightning Bolt" and maybe some of their previous 9 (ooh - that number!!).  This is one band that have really taken the time to make each album its own piece of packaging art and add value to the physical purchase - a lot of other acts could learn a lot from what they have done.  It even cost me A$3 less than Paul's album.

As an aside, they have a nice shout-out to Neil Young (another one of my favourite acts), who could also learn from the way they package their products.

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8 November 2013
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Well, Concert for Bangladesh arrived a day or so ago and has me miffed again:

  • It has the poxy cover from the DVD
  • It has almost the exact same booklet as the DVD - why oh why not a reproduction of the one from the old boxed set?
  • There appear to be some edits of George's intros to the band - though my memory of the LPs is from a LONG time ago so I could be mistaken there

On the positive side the bonus track is nice to have and the sound is ok.

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9 November 2013
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Isn't CD packaging just awful these days? All that cheap cardboard, just guaranteed to fall apart. And they're making you slide the disc out of the sleeve now instead of having locked 'em securely in place in a jewel box. Can't wait until it gets scratched after taking it out a few dozen times. Man, I hate record companies.

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9 November 2013
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^ Exactly, is everybody allergic to jewel cases, or what? I'm obsessed with keeping thing in as near-mint as possible (especially my books), I dare you to find a book of mine where there is even a crinkle on the spine! But with cardboard cases the corners become damaged in no time, gah it irritates me... 

On the positive side, the first CD that thenewno2 released (I really don't have to say who they are now, do I?) looks amazing, the amount of effort they put into designing it is unreal and all the little nods to Hinduism and George, t'is great. :)  

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I'm terrible at keeping things in good condition.  I have this old Santana songbook featuring music for all the songs from the first four albums -- and the book is a mess: bent pages, torn pages, pages with ancient coffee and soup spilled on them, spine half torn, pages missing...

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9 November 2013
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^ :O My worst nightmare, I don't let people borrow my books for that exact nightmare...somebody spoiling the pages!

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9 November 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
^ Exactly, is everybody allergic to jewel cases, or what? I'm obsessed with keeping thing in as near-mint as possible (especially my books), I dare you to find a book of mine where there is even a crinkle on the spine! But with cardboard cases the corners become damaged in no time, gah it irritates me... 

On the positive side, the first CD that thenewno2 released (I really don't have to say who they are now, do I?) looks amazing, the amount of effort they put into designing it is unreal and all the little nods to Hinduism and George, t'is great. :)  

I've assumed it is an environmental thing - could be wrong though?

 

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12 November 2013
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I actually prefer the cardboard sleeves to jewel cases. The Beatles' remasters look much nicer than crappy plastic cases which scratch and break. Also the teeth that are supposed to hold them in place always seem to break off.

I agree that they're at risk of getting scratched in cardboard covers though. Perhaps LP-style paper sleeves would be a useful addition.

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12 November 2013
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I never liked the plastic trays the cd's came in. The booklets always seemed to get ruined as they wouldnt go in properly and, as Joe, said the teeth in the actual try would always break resulting in the cd's moving about. The new paper ones do look much more appealing and feel better in my hands. 

Download the cd into your computer and only have to take it out very occasionally so less chance of getting scratched.

Could be worse, could be like those horrible double sided DVD's, whoever thought those up needs a right good talking to. 

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12 November 2013
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Joe said
I actually prefer the cardboard sleeves to jewel cases. The Beatles' remasters look much nicer than crappy plastic cases which scratch and break. Also the teeth that are supposed to hold them in place always seem to break off.
I agree that they're at risk of getting scratched in cardboard covers though. Perhaps LP-style paper sleeves would be a useful addition.

(and MMM) - I'm curious what you do to the teeth (?always) - I think I have had one break.  None of my cases has EVER become scratched or broken.

I agree they look better, and inner sleeves would be great to avoid potential scratches, especially as some discs are so tight in the card they are almost impossible to get out (and the card has ripped on a couple as I tried to get them out).  My Wedding Album John and Yoko CD has a nice soft inner sleeve (not paper - it can go inside the replica paper one) which seems ideal.

The other minor annoyance of the cardboard is that they are like LPs in another way - they never want to stand straight on the shelf - if a small box is pulled out.  When I take, say, Concert for Bangladesh off the shelf the whole lot of CDs to the side falls over into the resulting space.  I used to have some of those plastic LP holder thingies to stop that - I need to come up with something similar for the CDs.

 

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12 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
I never liked the plastic trays the cd's came in. The booklets always seemed to get ruined as they wouldnt go in properly and, as Joe, said the teeth in the actual try would always break resulting in the cd's moving about. The new paper ones do look much more appealing and feel better in my hands. 

Download the cd into your computer and only have to take it out very occasionally so less chance of getting scratched.

Could be worse, could be like those horrible double sided DVD's, whoever thought those up needs a right good talking to. 

I agree that booklet damage IS a major issue with the plastic.

And yes, double-sided DVDs were a right royal pain in the %^$^%$.

 

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13 November 2013
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Why is it that some cd's come with next to no info on what the heck it is you are listening to aside from song titles?

Trying to unravel Roy Orbison's Platinum Collection which is a very good mish-mash of re-recordings, live tracks and originals but you get no notes telling you what is what so you have to spend an age on the net trying to work it out for yourself.

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13 November 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Why is it that some cd's come with next to no info on what the heck it is you are listening to aside from song titles?

Trying to unravel Roy Orbison's Platinum Collection which is a very good mish-mash of re-recordings, live tracks and originals but you get no notes telling you what is what so you have to spend an age on the net trying to work it out for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, that happens to me a lot, but I usually look it up online if it really starts to bug me. It works for most of the time. A lot of questions answered. I just repeated because I messed up the first one. New to the forum, sorry.

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13 November 2013
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^ hey - no worries - and welcome aboard *wave*

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trcanberra said
^ hey - no worries - and welcome aboard *wave*

Wave to you too. Thanks.

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13 November 2013
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When Im 64 said
I just repeated because I messed up the first one. New to the forum, sorry.

Not a problem, When Im 64. I've zapped it for you. If you ever need anything removed, just post the thread it's in and the post number, saying you want it deleted, to the "Weird things happening with the forum" thread in "Getting Better", and one of the moderators will happily get rid of it.

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18 November 2013
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Electric Arguments (cross post from that thread):

Just got it in the mail - it is on the 'one day soon' stack for now; but I did notice that it has yet another variant of the digipack - and one that REALLY doesn't want to let the disc go.  I wonder, does anyone test these things before they release them, or is it all a ploy to damage the CD so we have to buy another?

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