» David Lynch Productions
» 1 Disc (Audio CD)
» Special Cardboard Box
» Big Paper Sleeve
» Collector's Booklet
» 5000 copies (see sidenotes)
» 01. 911
» 02. Rollin' Down (To My House)
» 03. Thank You, Judge
» 04. I Cannot Do That
» 05. Factory Interlude (Instrumental)
» 06. Blue Horse (Instrumental)
» 07. Bad Night
» 08. Mountains Falling
» 09. Go Get Some (Instrumental)
» 10. Pink Western Range
» 11. Marilyn Monroe
» 12. City of Dreams
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» CD, Audio
Considering that this is actually a case for a regular CD I guess I should rate it a perfect 10. But things aren't allways what they seem. In the same style as Eraserhead, The Short Films of David Lynch and Dumbland this disc comes with an elaborate and uniquely styled box, that's only been available through the DavidLynch.com online store.
At first glance this case is a real eye-treat. But when you look at the packaging design (not the artwork) you'll note that it's not really as sturdy and tough as you'de like it to be. First of all, the outer sleeve is hardly even a cardboard sleeve but rather a very thin papersleeve that's bound to get creases and maybe even rip as the years go by.
Secondly the disc sits in a small paper sleeve with no "locking meckanism" so you can't put the case upside down or the disc will rattle out inside the box (a problem which makes it difficult to transport or ship).
And third the cardboard box is not very well glued. Certain parts of the disc-sleeve area will easily come off and it's almost suggested that you re-glue it with superglue and the let your disc rest in a separate case or sleeve. However, before you go all "buu-huu" on me, I'd like to complement the set for the wonderful booklet. It contains some images and lyrcis for the track. A very nice booklet indeed. So all in all, a very good idea, but not as good a production.
Before we start I'd like to present this disc a bit. This is the debut CD of a band called BlueBob. And BlueBob are in fact creative genious (and movie director) David Lynch and his sound engineer John Neff.
No remember, i'm NOT rating the musical preformance or the artist themselves, this is just a technical review.
Now where was I? Oh yes, the contents. Well atleast we get a full length album. It runs for over 60 min and the disc is also Mac/PC compatible (sort of - there's no auto-start on the Mac but I figured out how the stuff works anyway). Apart from the audiotracks there's a small html-document called "what.html" and two folders ("images" and "desktop"). Now, the "desktop" folder is empty, and the "images" folder contains a small set of images that form an image of the BlueBob logo.
But, if you open the html document in your browser it serves as a direct link to a secret page over at davidlynch.com. (I can't really describe what goes on there, but I can't seem to get any kind of music video access - it's just a strange dead end of a cryptical note and a strange audio/image loop).
I would have loved to have the 3 music videos that we're done for this album but sadly these are nowhere to be found.
When I first got this set I had a great deal of suspicion about the disc itself.
Here's the thing. Most reviews of this limited deluxe set make note of a 6 min music video for the "Thank You, Judge" track appearing on the disc. But with my disc, this is nowhere to found.
After investigating the matter further I got my questions answered by John Neff himself (YEEEHA!), over at the Dugpa.com discussion board.
It seems that there are actually TWO deluxe boxes. The initial run was limited to 5000 copies and was sold exclusively at Davidlynch.com. This is apparently the release I got (and sadly, NO, it doesn't have the music video).
The disc was later re-issued by Soulitude Records on both standard CD and as a limited edition box (which looked pretty identical to the original DL.com-box apart from a black sticker on the outside), This was reportedly also produced as a limited run of 5000 sets. The Soulitude standard disc is also lacking the video, but the disc within the Soulitude limited edition box doesn't (!!!).
So there you have it. If you want the "Thank You, Judge" video you're only chance is with the re-released Limited Edition box, issued by Soulitude Records. A big thanks to John for clearing this up.