Here are the nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards for best Special Edition music package. Tell us which CD packaging you like best because it’s pretty hard to pick a favorite! They’re all worthy of an award.
CITIES OF DARKSCORCH
Leland Meiners & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)
Label: The Numero Group
Cities of Darkscorch is a dice-rolling, card-driven, heavy rock band van ride through a fantasy landscape. It requires newly commissioned card art and band logos to summon up a gravely themed mythical land of desolate outposts, warring bands, and the familiar ills that befall them.
The Cities of Darkscorch includes the following elements:
• 25×25 full color Cities of Darkscorch Gameboard
• 16 Wooden Player Tokens/45 Adapters
• 6 Banner Boards
• 100 Fate Cards
• 100 Foe Cards
• 1 20-Sided Combat Die
• 1 6-Sided Movement Die
• 1 4-Sided Performer Die
• The Numero Group’s Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles 2LP and slipcase CD with alternate cover art by Robert Soden.
A LETTER HOME (Vinyl Box Set)
Gary Burden & Jenice Heo, art directors (Neil Young)
Label: Third Man Records
A Letter Home comes in a box that made to look battered. Inside there are 2 vinyl LPs. These are pressed on heavy vinyl. One of them as the direct feed from the Voice-A-Graph the other has a ‘cleaned-up’ version. There is a CD and a DVD. The DVD has a video of each song as Young recorded it stuffed into the booth with his guitar and harmonica. The CD contains all the songs, directly off the machine. Very lo-fi and full of hiss and noise from the turntable motor. The box also came with a offer of a digital download of the ‘cleaned-up” versions. And finally, seven, clear vinyl double-sided discs containing the 14 tracks.
THE RISE & FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, VOLUME ONE (1917-27)
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Label: Third Man Records/ Revenant Records
The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records is an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder.
The ‘Rise and Fall’ wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences. ‘Volume One’ contains the following:
* 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists
* 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images
* 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio
* 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book
* 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography
* Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware
* First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive
SPARKS (Deluxe Album Box Set)
Andy Carne, art director (Imogen Heap)
Label: RCA Records/ Megaphonic Records
Imogen Heap’s Sparks comes with 12 individual data discs, 14 HD music videos, plus videos documenting the making of each song and the entire album, a double 10” vinyl album, a special deck of playing cards which unlock exclusive web content and a 120 page coffee-table-style book telling the story of Sparks along with the special ticket of blended items that allows access to sound-checks on the next tour.
SPRING 1990 (The Other One)
Jessica Dessner, Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson & Steve Vance, art directors (Grateful Dead)
The set, limited to 9,000 copies and costing $199.98, features six complete concerts, one from each venue on that tour, with deluxe packaging and a 60-page hardcover book.
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