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Challengers: Executive Edition Box Set [Box set]

New PornographersAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Matador Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Buy Early, Get Now with the New Pornographers new album, 'Challengers,' streeting August 21. This special box set includes space for the CD "Challengers", plus 3 digipaks containing pre-printed CDRs. Matador Records will deliver the content for the 3 bonus discs via the Buy Early, Get Now website over the next 3 months. You will download the content (B-sides, live footage, videos, artwork) and burn the bonus CDRs yourselves. Matador will not harvest your email address. You will get a unique code inside the box that you can use to log into the site.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Go to the website!! December 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good grief, people, it says right in the Product Description on this page that you will receive 3 blank CD-Rs and will go to the website to download tracks that you burn yourself. The package comes with a password and all you need to get started. I've been doing this for a couple of months and have been having fun with it. My only quibble is that they aren't putting the new content on the website very quickly, but it's innovative and fun, and what do you expect for four bucks!?

The bonus material is great, too. Really cool alternate versions, acoustic versions, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Since it seems to be confusing... October 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The executive edition is 3 blank CD-Rs in a slipcase to be filled up with music from BuyEarlyGetNow ([...]). The first bonus disc will be B-Sides and Rarities, the second will be tracks recorded on the tour that's going on now, and the third videos and photos. BEGN will tell you when you should burn the discs.

So yeah, this + the actual album is recommended if you want the complete Challengers experience, so to speak.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff. May 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Now that all the downloadable content is available via buyearlygetnow, I strongly recommend this package for tNP fans. All tracks are available either as quickly-downloaded MP3s or as FLAC Lossless-encoded files* for audiophiles, and once you're signed up on the site, you can download each file or package up to three times. You also get a ton of high-quality digital photographs, artwork, and the stunningly beautiful videos for "Challengers" and "Myriad Harbour."

Disc 1: B-sides and rarities. The last two tracks are Christmas songs that were iTunes exclusives!
1. The Speed of Luxury
2. Silent Systems
3. Fortune
4. Showstoppers (Demo)
5. Failsafe (Demo)
6. Myriad Harbour (Demo)
7. Go Places (Lite Mix)
8. Fugue State
9. Arms of Mary/Looking at a Baby
10. Joseph Who Understood

Disc 2: Live from the Future
1. My Rights vs. Yours
2. Use It
3. Myriad Harbour
4. Challengers
5. All the Old Showstoppers
6. Mass Romantic
7. Failsafe
8. Electric Version
9. Unguided
10. Adventures in Solitude
11. Jackie
12. Go Places

Disc 3: Photographs and videos
Includes backstage and performance photos, setlists for many tour dates, and high-quality Quicktime videos for "Challengers" and "Myriad Harbour."

Love The New Porns? Got an internet connection? (Of course you do, how else would you be reading this?) Get this. It's worth so much more than the four bucks you'll shell out for it.

*if you use iTunes, you'll need to convert the FLACs to WAV files before you add them to your library. There are several free applications available on versiontracker which will allow you to do this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly, Sadly, Heroically Overlooked Gem January 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Matador Records' Buy Early Get Now program never excited me. Why pay an only-kinda fair price via the web a month or more early for an album just so I can stream an album I could easily illegally download for free? (Not that I've done that since age 20.) Sure, Matador offers all kinds of bonus perks to those who buy into their program, but what about the CD-in-hand excitement of walking into a record store on release day? Not until I became obsessed with The New Pornographers fourth album, Challengers, and thus started sweeping the web looking for any holes in my Carl Newman collection, did I give Buy Early Get Now a second thought. For $3.98 (plus shipping) Matador sent me a three-disc box set called Challengers: Executive Edition. I wasn't sure what it was, but hey, a box set for under $4? Count me in.

When the box arrived in the mail I had very low expectations, which at first blush seemed to be met. Included were three professionally presented CDs packaged in a flimsy box that cleverly offered room for my store-bought copy of Challengers. Disc one wouldn't play, nor would two or three. Bummer, I had a dud. Then I noticed something on the floor: a little piece of paper that must've fallen out of my "box set" that had a web address and password transcribed on it. Sure, I'll give it a go, but if it doesn't work, I'm through the roof! After 10 or so minutes of playing around on the website I realized that the discs Matador had sent me were blank (sure enough, they were deep blue - not silver - on their undersides) and ready for the burning. Matador had uploaded six B-sides and four demos for download in both MP3 and FLAC formats, after which you were to burn on disc one.
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