Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by FrontalLobe, Mar 7, 2012.
Best-sounding CD of this title, in my opinion. Catalog number: 1893-2.
$30 for that is a steal?
Seems like a lot of money to me for the privilege of looking at it sitting on a shelf, unopened. The sound quality of it becomes moot.
You're making unwarranted assumptions.
To each his own Jose.
It's rare enough to find a sealed longbox. Congrats to the OP.
That's true. I am assuming that you paid $30 for it because it was sealed, and I am assuming you are not going to open it because you paid $30 for it, sealed, and because you could find an used copy of the same album for much less than $30 if you really wanted just a listening copy to enjoy the sound quality.
Thank you, pool_of_tears.
I buy used CDs very rarely. Almost never. Why? Because I'm almost always disappointed in their condition. I'm sure that there are reputable sellers who grade conservatively and accurately, but my experiences with buying used CDs online have been uniformly bad. I like my stuff pristine.
I'm not a collector who seeks out factory-sealed records and CDs and keeps them unopened, although that's certainly a valid hobby. As pool_of_tears noted, to each his own.
So, yes, I'm going to open this and listen to what I hope is a mint condition CD of one of my favorite albums. I'll save the longbox for reasons of nostalgia because I remember buying this exact item in 1987 when I lived in southern California and life was much more enjoyable for me.
I'm sorry if any of the foregoing seems unreasonable to you or the webmaster or the moderators of this fine discussion forum.
There would be no longboxes if it weren't for LP phonograph records.
"I'm Tom Donahue and I'm here to play phonograph records."
Some people feel the need to rain on a parade.
Good for you. It brings back memories of my initial CD purchase in 1987, and the confusion I felt about the longboxes: "am I supposed to save these? or put the CD jewel case back in the longbox? or am I supposed to toss it?"
In the end, they got tossed, as you might expect.
And yeah, I like that original '87 CD version of AB, too.
Wasteful as they were, I kind of liked the longbox format. It actually gave you a piece of album art you could hold or display.
Man, I vividly remember the days when (working in a chain store) we had to open all the longbox CDs for shrinkwrapping to normal size...the easiest way was to tear them in half right above the CD... it's another "if only I could go back in time" moment...
Thanks, signothetimes53. I appreciate the kind words. I didn't start this thread to gloat or anything like that. I was searching for a nice copy of this CD on eBay and I happened to come across the longbox listing. $30 seems reasonable for a sealed 1987 longbox of a popular album, but maybe I overpaid. If so, that's okay. Barring a factory defect, at least I'll have a mint CD.
Despite a record dealer telling me that CD longboxes were the 45rpm picture sleeve collectibles of the future, I tossed mine, too. I really don't regret it; just something else to find storage space for.
I liked them, especially when they included artwork and info you couldn't get from the front and back covers of those shrinkwrapped lps (back before you could get on the Web and see just about everything).
I must admit it never occured to me to save them though.
Congrats. And thanks, spinning it now. This needed a listen.
The only bad thing about them was you could not see the actual product. A few times I bought MCA longboxes and they inserted the booklet improperly causing unrepairable damage. I hated getting burned in those instances.
Ah, nostalgia. I remember having quite a few longboxes stapled to my wall along with the posters. Nice to see a "Super Saver" sticker too
I remember being a record-store obsessed kid and buying those old WB cd's based on the the liner notes printed on the back of the longbox.
Seems a shame to open the longbox if you're just going to listen to it. I think I have a mint copy of the original release somewhere... wanna trade?
I think the HDCD sounds better anyway, and I *know* the DVD-A does, thanks to this forum.
If you're happy with the item, for whatever reason you bought it - to play, to keep sealed, to display, etc. - then you didn't overpay. It's not as though you're likely to find another sealed longbox copy cheaper in the near future. Certain things just can't be shopped around for, and this is one of them.
Thanks! Remember when you could leisurely walk into a record store beginning in the mid-1980s and find rack after rack of sealed longboxes in perfect condition for a mere $15 apiece? Sure, $15 seemed outrageous back then, but we bought them anyway and looked forward to the CD release of all our favorite LPs. (Most of us, anyway; I'm sure many vinyl lovers never bought into the "perfect sound forever" bit.)
Going back even further...I remember when The Beatles came out in late November 1968. Every record store or department store with a record section was packed to the rafters with sealed (of course) copies of the "white album," for $10 apiece. Look at how much money that LP commands now, in the rare instance when ONE sealed copy turns up.
Yep, I sure do.
When they started getting phased out, I remember a CD store employee telling me (just as with another poster here) that he believed they'd be collectible, and that he was hoarding them in his apartment. Personally, I didn't care - I had always thrown them away. They took up too much space, and I felt they were largely redundant. BUT: it feels nostalgic to me when I see pictures of them nowadays.
I got a sealed copy of Kyuss' "Blues for the Red Sun" in longbox recently. Tempted to leave it sealed but it such a killer album...
Enjoy your Dead CD OP
I think the original Warner CD sounds much more natural than the HDCD. Also, the DVD-A has a stereo remix which is a downmix of the surround mix. (It does not have the original stereo mix)
I saved all of mine for about 10 yrs, but finally gave tossed them when I got married in '96. The nostalgic part of me wishes I had kept them, but they took up too much space!
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