Dennisd6311 May 2010 at 3:21pmPosts: 126 (0 today)Status: offline
I ordered myself a set. It is a lot of money, but considering there's a PG signed print inside, cert, etc, I'm betting the value will rise significantly - for example, look at the value of the Remastered CDs right now!
Either way, this is invaluable to me, affordable right now, and a gift - Just DO IT.
greggster5911 May 2010 at 5:54pmPosts: 35 (0 today)Status: offline
Never one to go the overpriced SE box set route before, I ordered this one for two reasons. The PG signed lithograph and the 24/96 version of the album. I don't even own a turntable any more so I may sell the red vinyl on ebay.
I also find that this may be my favorite PG album since Melt. It took me about as many listens to get into it but it has grown on me in a very big way just as those early albums did. I find that when I digest the music on a record too easily it doesn't stick with me the way something I have to put a bit of effort into to appreciate. It's the same way with viewing films. It always took me multiple viewings of a new Kubrick film to really get into it.
NokiaGrl11 May 2010 at 7:56pmPosts: 4 (0 today)Status: offline
"These files are from the Oxford and up-sampled" so you maybe the 48 24 studio master download from http://www.bowers-wilkins.com is better value, with a mass of other realworld music thrown in for about a tenth of the price.
Dennisd6311 May 2010 at 8:28pmPosts: 126 (0 today)Status: offline
I agree with Greggster - Even the download (after you buy) sounds completely amazing compared to the regular CD! I also agree with the "listen factor". All the best PG stuff is the stuff that takes me a while to like - I'm sure I'll like Street Spirit one day - I'm not too big on it now.which means it'll be one of my favorites one day?
I'm keeping my LP - it'll go into a frame with the other stuff, especially the signed album cover!
Mr_Clueless11 May 2010 at 8:38pmPosts: 2013 (0 today)Status: offline
I'm definitely going to get it!
greggster5911 May 2010 at 10:39pmPosts: 35 (0 today)Status: offline
11-May-2010 7:56 pm
"These files are from the Oxford and up-sampled" so you maybe the 48 24 studio master download from http://www.bowers-wilkins.com is better value, with a mass of other realworld music thrown in for about a tenth of the price."
I already belong to the B&W program and love that version. But, like Dennisd, I found the instant download to be a cut above the CD so I suspect that the 96kHz version will be noticeably better than the B&W files. For the record, I do consider this set to an indulgence that I normally let pass by. But I so like what PG did this time out I feel it's money well spent.
garyashton12 May 2010 at 11:02amPosts: 38 (0 today)Status: offline
When I first heard of the price I said to myself no but now , having seen what's on offer, I am really tempted to go ahead with the purchase.Everything contained within the box looks superb !
Mr Beef12 May 2010 at 5:43pmPosts: 761 (0 today)Status: offline
. . . just feel the quality of the cloth Emperor. . .
morongo14 May 2010 at 3:43pmPosts: 64 (0 today)Status: offline
Greetings from a rank newbie. I agree with Greggster59 - SMB is has gotten under my skin in a way that no PG record has since Melt. It's just gorgeous. So, yeah, I sprang for the deluxe set.
The Soil14 May 2010 at 3:52pmPosts: 1894 (0 today)Status: offline
Mr Beef, hahaha! :-]
Mr Beef14 May 2010 at 6:12pmPosts: 761 (0 today)Status: offline
. . . at least laughter doesn't cost too much. . .
Mr Beef14 May 2010 at 7:18pmPosts: 761 (0 today)Status: offline
. . . even if the jokes are bad. . .
The Soil14 May 2010 at 7:21pmPosts: 1894 (0 today)Status: offline
So what? I think it fit right in here. . .
Mr Beef14 May 2010 at 9:17pmPosts: 761 (0 today)Status: offline
Soul Reader14 May 2010 at 11:02pmPosts: 3479 (0 today)Status: offline
I purchased mine today as well, and like others as I do not own a record player, I will be framing it on the wall.
PimD16 May 2010 at 5:33pmPosts: 6 (0 today)Status: offline
I just bought it, after a week of agonizing if I should buy it or not. Yes, it's an unbelievable amount of money and yes, I could probably spent it on items of much better use - but I know I will kick myself in the head when/if this turns up on eBay for 2 or 3 times that amount in the future and I don't have it
greggster5917 May 2010 at 2:02amPosts: 35 (0 today)Status: offline
It cost me $290, including Ticketmaster fees, for two tickets to the 5/2 Radio City concert. They were not even the top priced seats. I was so moved by the show that I considered going again the next night but then came across the Collector's Set. It came down to spending $300 to repeat the live experience or have a collectible item I can go back to again and again. Neither option was inexpensive but both had appeal for me. The box set it is. No regrets.
When I saw PG at the Wollman Skating Rink in NY's Central Park back in 1980 I paid $5 for a ticket. I suspect the days of reasonably priced are not going to return anytime soon.
Reminic22 May 2010 at 7:55pmPosts: 133 (0 today)Status: offline
It's funny, I did it all backwards.
I have seen New Blood before even knowning about SMB.
Of course I bought it the next day (I actually tried right after the concert, but the store was already closed).
I tried listening to it but something was missing. It was not the concert which I wanted to remember and to be able to hear again. It felt more like a chambre orchestra, a lot more intimate - another rendition, very different. So instead, I listened to the bootleg, which did what I was looking for: giving me back the fine details of the concert, reactivating the memory of the concert with all its emotions.
These last few days, I've read a lot about audio equipement these last days (I'm used to good but simple, basic equipement), and now I'm prepared to the idea of trying to listen to it properly.
I just ordered the box. Yeah, insane, I know.
A little bit of self-indulgence never felt more right.
Of course, the trouble only begins: now I need a good headset, and a good DAC. I love good music since ever, I just have managed to avoid high-quality audio (and its expenses) since I was a teenager. And here I am now.
All backwards, I told you! :-]