After what seemed like an eternity (yes, even at age 50, patience is not one of my virtues), my copy of the deluxe edition of SNOW LIVE by Spock’s Beard arrived this afternoon. And, the wait was more than worth it. This thing is just loaded to the max with goodness and beauty. Lots of truth as well. 2 CDs, 2 DVDs, and 2 Blu-ray disks. Additionally, the set comes with a certificate of authenticity. My authentic number is 1,887 out of 2,000, in case you were wondering. And, you were wondering, right? There are also a number of elongated postcards of the band members and a poster.
The best part of it all, though, is the book. The size of a traditional album, the SNOW LIVE book is a thing of glory at 50 pages. Full of liner notes and photos, I found myself quite taken with what Radiant Records has produced. I’ve only begun to explore this all, but I’m thrilled to have it. This is some of the best packaging I’ve seen, and I hope other bands take notice.
I really like, for example, the Rush boxset of 2112, but I think I like this open book format the best. As sturdy as the Rush 2112 box is, I’m always a bit afraid it will get crushed. Not so with the SNOW LIVE deluxe packaging. It just feels solid. As solid as it is beautiful.
Thank you, Radiant! And, thank you, Amy Pippin at Radiant Records for doing the hard work of processing all of the orders and getting these shipped out.