is just a quick page on Donald Fagen's Nightfly Trilogy
box set for those interested in seeing what it looks like.
When i ordered my copy early 2007 I was really eager to get more info
on what these "MVI discs" contained and what the whole box set
looked like. I had to wait until late november when my copy arrived. That's
just a couple of days ago. (These pics where taken using my phone, but I think they're good enough
to give you a general feel of the box set.)
The smudged autograph...
And here's where it rubbed off: The sticker on the other slipcase!
lucky enough to be one of the fans who managed to order one of the 100
signed copies that was sold through the store at donaldfagen.com. So the
box contained the box set plus a spare signed slipcase. Just as others
have reported the autograph is slightly smudged. The ink has rubbed off
on the sticker.
discs are in reality just DVD:s with sound, pics, text and video. They
won't play in a regular CD player, so that's why they added the albums
and extra tracks as separate CD:s as well. All in all it's three MVI:s
and four CD:s in the box.
and CD versions of The Nightfly, Kamakiriad and Morph The Cat
share a standard plastic case each, while the extras CD gets a case all
has a blue colour scheme, Kamakiriad a red and Morph The Cat a green one.
No booklet. Just a sinlge sheet of paper stating what you need to play
Flip the record over and you see that the inserts are ... "basic"
a better view of the two-pack with the MVI on one side and the CD on the
covers look like the originals with the bonus info added:
bonus stuff (audio, video, pics and text) is added to each of the MVI:s,
but in addidtion the 10 bonus audio tracks have been collected on a fourth
CD. And here's what it looks like:
it. All the liner notes and commentary is viewable only by loading one
of the MVI:s. And if you register the discs you can get online updates.
Updates? Yes. On the official MVI
homepage the FAQ states
least three "connected events" will be made available at minimum
to registered owners of an MVI release. These events will include the
ability to download bonus songs or video and may also include access to
album updates, artist posting and special offers. Some artists may offer
more than three connected events if they choose.
be interesting to see what these "connected events" will be.
I registered and the ringtone application was activated. Not that I intend
to use it. It has a couple of drawbacks:
a - There's
just one pre-picked track per album you can crate you ringtone from.
b - You have to pay for the finished ringtone.
c - It will only work in the USA.
sure if the ringtone applicaton is counted as one of these "connected
events". We'll see.
One bonus video that was mentioned in the early stages of the box set
was the Making of Kamakiriad video. It isn't on the box set, so
maybe that will be another donload bonus down the line?
what it looks like, but how does it sound?
is that it sounds fine. I don't have a 5.1 setup, so I can't comment on
the MVI:s, but the new CD versions sound great. I had a West German pressing
of Kamakiriad from when the album was originally released, and
was especially interested in what had happened to it on this box set.
article Donald was quoted that one reason to do a box set was to get a
chance to remix Kamakiriad. Well, nowhere on box set have I found
the word remixed, but from the first bars of the opening track it sounds
warmer. Trans-Island Skyway grooves!
Nightfly? Same thing. I had a copy of an original European pressing
and this box set version sounds better in my ears. Opened up an crisp.
listened to Morph The Cat yet, but as the original album is just
a couple of years old I expect the difference between the original pressing
and this box set version to be minimal.
I already have all the extra tracks on the extras CD with the exception
of Rhymes, Hank's Pad and Viva Viva Rock N Roll, those collected
b-sides from CD-singles and whatever sound better here.
audiophiles reading I'll throw in what's written on the slipcase: Albums in Dolby Digital & DTS 5.1 Surround Sound - The Nightfly
album & bonus material in Advanced Resolution PCM stereo (48kHz/24-bit);
Kamakiriad and Morph The Cat albums & bonus materials in Advanced
Resolution PCM Stereo (96kHz/24-bit).
If you like me have bought the box set; what do you think of it? Comments
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