English doom metal group Cathedral had an interesting limited-edition gimmick for their 8th album, The Garden of Unearthly Delights. Digipack versions of the album came with a special Sniffle Disk. As the CD warms up during playback, it emits a certain aroma (take a guess based on the label).
The disk version of grindcore act Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s PCP Torpedo EP. Notice that it’s a 3inch mini-CD implanted in a full sized 5Inch CD. The main EP itself is 6 minutes long, which is fine by itself, but there also contains a 10 minute pre-gap hidden track, which makes it impossible to be played on a standard PC CD-ROM. No longer owning a standard CD player (heresy, I know!), I had to listen to it through a Playstation.
Dark Side of The Moon, packaged with the Oh, By the Way box set from Pink Floyd. Comes in a mini gatefold package to replicate the LP release. Includes miniaturized versions of the posters and stickers of the LP release. The CD itself is based upon the 30th Anniversary pressing.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s debut as a recording band, EMI released the Oh, By the Way box set, containing every Pink Floyd album packaged to look like their original vinyl releases, albeit in miniaturized form with CDs. This also comes with two coasters of the box set artwork and a poster, which I believe was sold individually, that was comprised of a collage of the band’s album, single, compilation, and video art work.
The CDs themselves have artwork that looks almost identical to the inner vinyl stickers, even referring to the band as “The Pink Floyd” on the early releases. The packaging reflects the original vinyls (single sleeve, gatefold), bonus items, or what I like to call “feelies” from the old computer game developer Infocom, are all there. I’ll go through a select few in the future.
There are a few setbacks as compared to other box sets. Unlike the Shine On set from the 90s, there are no bonus or rare tracks, save for “Where the Tiger’s Broke Free” on The Final Cut. Unlike the later Discovery set, which had specially remastered music, the actual music on the discs are the same as the most current pressings as of 2007. Piper at the Gates of Dawn is the stereo disc of that album’s 40th anniversary set, Dark Side of the Moon is the 30th Anniversary edition, etc. For these as well as every album after Dark Side…, this is completely fine, but the 60s albums, which hadn’t been remastered since whenever they were last released on CD, have subpar audio quality compared to the rest.
To go into a bit of a rant on old albums on CD since we’re on the subject, my guess is that when CDs were first being released, they were mastered to be played on the same sound systems as vinyl, with preamps and whatnot. But as time went on where audio engineering was geared toward playback on CDs and stereo systems didn’t require amplifiers, these CDs sound really low when played on a modern system or make terrible mp3 rips. So CDs from the 80s sound super low, modern CDs are mixed too high, so the best CDs came out in the 90s :).
A title more appropriate on this release than on the hit Fear Factory album, NYC’s noise/industrial act COMPACTOR released a single on the once ubiquitous 3 1/2 inch floppy disk format. In the 2010s, has anyone seen a floppy other than the top left corner of MS Office?
I also wonder how many of the 25 COMPACTOR enthusiasts had to buy a USB floppy drive solely for this single.
In 1993, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice recorded several hours of music that was later stolen by a pizza delivery guy and widely bootlegged. Several years later, Grisman decided to compile an official release of the best songs.
Unfortunately, again, I do not have my own copy so this photo comes from Wikipedia. The artwork goes beyond just the front; the entire album is packaged to look like a pizza box. The track listing on the back appears as a pizza menu, with studio banter listed as “appetizers” and instances of foul language with a pepper next to it to warn that it’s “spicy”. The disk itself looks like a supreme pizza, and the art work under the CD appears to be the greasy box the pie rests on.
Several years ago an expanded 3-disk edition was released. I’ve yet to purchase this myself, but would it be too much to ask that the set comes in a miniature pizza bag?
Danzig 2: Lucifuge (by Danzig, oddly enough) is often seen as his magnum opus. There were several different versions of this album released, and the one above in which the liner notes are shaped as an inverted cross is by far the most well known. Other copies have a Doors-inspired group photo on the front rather than the back (the common cover being a close-up of Danzig’s chest).
This is sadly not an original photo (I got it from a Google cached image of a deleted Tumblr). My CD copy has conventionally folded liner notes and the chest artwork. A tape version I own contains the Doors-esque photo with the full band photo that the chest artwork originates from inside.