Oh, by the Way (Mini LP Replica) Box set, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
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It is a nice box, and all 14 albums (16 cd's) fit in it, with 2 coasters with the box photo on it, and 1 poster of the 14 albums. The CD's themselves are in the original gatefold LP vinyl covers, and are in cellophane like the records. The price on this was right for me (I got really good sale price), much cheaper than purchasing these separately ($12.50 a disc).
One downfall is the small printing of the lyrics, and the lack of artwork available on the CD remasters. Secondly, the only live album here is the UMMAGUMMA live set. The Delicate Sounds of Thunder and Pulse are not included. Neither are the greatest hits selections of Relics, A Great Collection of Dance Songs, and Works. I purchased these separately.
Novelty notes: I just discovered after cycling through the discs, UMAGUMMA disc one and disc two are mis-labled and reversed on the CD printing. Secondarily, the second disc of the wall cd sleeve is misprinted. The lyrics are side 3/side3, rather than side 3/side 4. The Pink Floyd Website has an e-mail address to send your information to to get a correct sleeve listing. Thes two things show how painstakingly they put this box together!!!! This makes it special to me due to the show of overt greadiness of the record company that they would not check the labeling before producing 10000 copies.Read more ›
Starting in 2001, Toshiba and Sony Japan successively released 18 Pink Floyd titles in LP-mini-sleeve replica format. With only 5000 copies of each title manufactured for worldwide distribution, they quickly sold out, then soared in aftermarket resale value, as supply never even began to approach demand. A full set, new, would probably now be somewhere north of fifteen hundred bucks on eBay.
From a collectable standpoint, those Japan mini-sleeves are held by all fans as THE Pink Floyd catalog to own, and it is EXACTLY that pent-up demand and desire that EMI is attempting to exploit with this "Oh By The Way" box.
With the release of the newly 2007-remastered "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", which supposedly heralds the commencement of another Pink Floyd catalog remastering campaign, this box set is nothing more than Capitol/EMI's wretched attempt to wring as much final revenue out of the old remasters as possible: If all 10,000 box sets sell thru, multiplied by the set's wholesale price, even after production costs, EMI stands to net a cool million plus.
If EMI does sonically revamp the PF catalog over the next few years, there will undoubtedly be another Japan mini-sleeve catalog release with those new remasters. My advice: Save up your money and be patient for that day, because NOBODY does LP mini-sleeve replicas like the Japanese. I have the entire Japan set, and they are stunning.
Put quite simply: THERE'S NOTHING NEW HERE IN THIS BOX but a poster and two coasters.Read more ›
The set contains all studio Floyd releases (14 albums, 16 CDs) neatly packaged in replicas of the original LP releases.
The drawback to this is that getting the CDs in and out of the sleeves is a bit of a chore, and they're really not meant for over use. Store it in your living room proudly, but don't expect to play it much. REading the liner notes on the sleeves requires a 6X magnifying glass. The original Dark Side poster and stickers are also included in scaled-down format.
There's nothing much else in here, except for two coasters (will anyone use them for holding glasses I wonder?) and a oouple new posters folded and squeezed into the box as an afterthought. The recordings aren't newly remastered and there's no special disc of goodies.
This set is strictly for Floyd collectors with an extra bit of disposable income.
However, very few will want all the albums. Floyd is one of the greatest bands ever, but their work is greatly diverse and far from even. The undeniable masterpieces that everyone should have are Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. I would add The Final Cut, but this is the most hotly debated Floyd album; some even call it their worst. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is also contested; quite a few put it with their best, and many who do not otherwise like Floyd swear by it, while a high percentage of those who love the more famous work disown it. All must decide for themselves with these two, arguably making them obligatory also. Most consider Meddle the next best album, and Obscured by Clouds and The Division Bell have great merit. The rest are for hard-cores only.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good box set, but it has a lot of mistakes. No protective cd bags. No stickers and posters for The Dark Side of the Moon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must have for any Pink Floyd fan. Do not but this on Ebay because there are a tremendous amount of fakes out there. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steve Lukas
Seller was fantastic with wonderful updates on shipping. The disc set was in perfect condition and since this was a surprise Christmas gift for our son in another state it couldn't... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Ron
Okay these discs are the 1994 remasters, so the sound is great. The only bitch I have is that both the "Ummagumma" CDs, despite being labelled "Live" &... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Damian See
A great addition to my husband's collection. What else can you say about Floyd's music, fantastic! Thank you so much!Published on March 8, 2013 by Jeanne Marleau
Don't bother if you have all the albums like I do; there isn't anything new here so if you buy this then you are spending a lot of money on an okay box and reproduced cover art... Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by David Leikam
I bought this item for my husband who was deployed, kept the item put up for a long time until he was finally due home. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Kris