Trying to order the box set, and the lowest shipping option to US addresses is $55AUD. Anyone found a better option?

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I think the fan club is going to have a box set offer so I'm going to wait and see what that is. Maybe it'll be autographed.

I didn't see any mentions of a "box set", but I ordered all seven CDs as-fast as my little fingers of concrete (guitarist) could perform the transaction from the CH website this morning. I thought the cost was fair considering the exchange rate, and the Fedex shipping was reasonable considering the CDs will be here very shortly after their AUS release.

I just about passed-out when I saw the content of these reissues. Far and above exceeding any realistic expectations. Unbelievable!

The CD Deluxe editions and vinyl LPs will all be available on Amazon US and there'll soon be a dedicated site via Universal Music, presumably on crowdedhouse.com

Paināporo posted:

I think the fan club is going to have a box set offer so I'm going to wait and see what that is. Maybe it'll be autographed.

I asked Peter a few weeks ago and he said there would be no club sale for the reissues. Unless it's literally just a box to put them in?

The deluxe editions are going to get a US release, correct? I'm hoping to buy them through Amazon. if the fan club's not offering anything special.

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Paināporo posted:

The deluxe editions are going to get a US release, correct? I'm hoping to buy them through Amazon. if the fan club's not offering anything special.

Yes, they are coming to Amazon US, as per Jaffaman's post above. I'm with you, I'm waiting for Amazon (they better be Prime eligible!).

slowpogo posted:
Paināporo posted:

The deluxe editions are going to get a US release, correct? I'm hoping to buy them through Amazon. if the fan club's not offering anything special.

Yes, they are coming to Amazon US, as per Jaffaman's post above. I'm with you, I'm waiting for Amazon (they better be Prime eligible!).

Seriously! If I can save $100 on shipping (for CDs and vinyl), I'm gonna wait for it. I don't need a tote bag that badly.

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Hello all---

Okay, so I've got a friend who is music writer, and he just forwarded the US  press release to me.  Text appears below.

The curious thing is that the press release mentions all 7 CDs and the accompanying image shows all 7 CD covers.  But when I click the link, the website store doesn't show the Mark 2 albums, only the first 5.  Here's the link:

http://us.udiscovermusic.com/c...e?ref=CrowdedHouseUS

The description says: For US fans, the 5 brand new 2CD import album reissues are available through uDiscover US as an exclusive bundle. Only 150 bundles are available through uDiscover US and will come with an exclusive Crowded House tote bag.

So that sounds like it's NOT a typo...the two last records aren't included in the bundle.  Strange.

matt

---------------------------------

Celebrating 30 Years Of

Crowded House

Full Back Catalogue Deluxe Reissues on CD & Vinyl November 18, 2016

Crowded House will be celebrating their 30th anniversary by reissuing their entire catalogue in two disc deluxe CD packages and 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, unlocking a wealth of rare material that has been personally selected by Neil Finn and the band. They will be released on Friday, November 18 through Universal Catalogue, and are available to pre-order at the official Crowded House Store. Digital versions will also be available on November 4.

The two-CD packages will feature the original album with a bonus disc of rarities, b-sides and previously unreleased home demos and outtakes unearthing over 100 unreleased tracks across the campaign. Each CD package will be delivered in high quality fan-deluxe packaging, with extended notes featuring new interviews with the band and memorabilia from personal and fan archives in a 36 page book. Exclusive CD bundles will also be available here.

True to the original releases, there will also be classic reissues of each album on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. These are all cut from the original analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios. The LPs will not include bonus tracks.

Upon announcing the reissues Neil Finn said, “We are thrilled all seven of our albums are about to be reissued in all formats including vinyl, each one accompanied by a rich trove of rarities including writing demos and other unreleased musical curiosities, as well as new original artwork from my dear friend Nick Seymour. This has been many years in the making with much of the exhaustive listening, editing and remixing being done by the keeper of knowledge Jeremy Ansell in Auckland. It has been a labour of love for us and our mission all along was making a superlative quality, definitive document of Crowded House’s unique history for all the fans who have given us their affection over the years.”

Crowded Houses seven studio albums are:

Crowded House (1986)

Temple Of Low Men (1988)

Woodface (1991)

Together Alone (1993)

Time On Earth (2007)

Intriguer (2010)

Afterglow (1999)

The self-titled debut Crowded House, released in 1986, saw the band instantly launch onto the global stage with lead vocalist and mastermind Neil Finn, bassist Nick Seymour and drummer Paul Hester premiering timeless hits including “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” “World Where You Live” and “Something So Strong.”

1988’s Temple Of Low Men drew critical acclaim and platinum awards with Finn crafting a set of intense and personal songs revealing his true mastery of melody – highlights including “When You Come,” “I Feel Possessed” and the defining “Better Be Home Soon.”

The band’s third studio album Woodface in 1991 spawned a remarkable European following with their first UK Top 10 and hit singles “Weather With You,” “Fall At Your Feet,” “It’s Only Natural” and “Chocolate Cake.”

With 1993’s follow up Together Alone, Finn’s shining pop song-craft joined forces with legendary producer Youth’s energetic and experimental approach to deliver catalogue highlights "Locked Out," "Distant Sun," “Private Universe” and was another phenomenal global chart success.

After the bands breakup in 1996 and subsequent reunion in 2007, the bands fifth studio album Time On Earth followed.

2010’s Intriguer is the sixth and latest studio record from the band ionizing the commercial and artistic longevity of the group with Finn's durable song-craft shining across highlights “Saturday Sun” and “Falling Dove.”

Key 1999 compilation album Afterglow features a selection of rarities and outtakes recorded between 1985 and 1994 including “I Love You Dawn” and “Recurring Dream.” It is rightly regarded as an essential album in the catalogue and rounds out the campaign.

The entire collection is on sale from Friday November 18 and can be pre ordered individually or together as an exclusive bundle at the official Crowded House Store. Full tracklisting and images - http://bit.ly/CHTracklisting_Images.

This November, almost 20 years to the day when Crowded House said Farewell to the World with a celebrated concert held on the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House, they return to that iconic space to celebrate their induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2016 ARIA Awards.

Crowded House will perform two very special Encore shows exclusive to Sydney and Australia, their only appearances worldwide during 2016, on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale to the general public on Monday, September 26 at 10.00am.

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[Contact information removed]

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Hello all---

Here's another update: I checked the US iTunes and Amazon stores again just now.  Amazon's US store still isn't listing the 2CD deluxe releases, although the new vinyl releases are there for pre-order.

However, the US iTunes store has added pre-order options for some of the deluxe albums [Woodface, Temple, Together Alone, and Afterglow].  They list the official release date as Nov. 4, which is good.  [There is a deluxe version of Intriguer listed, but it's the one from 2010 that included several "Upstairs at Home" versions of songs from the album.]

Also, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who received another email this morning from the official CH promo team.  Looks like the official US store has been updated to include the complete bundle [all 7 CDs and the tote bag] as well as the individual CD deluxe sets and all the vinyl versions except TOE.

matt

Awaiting word from Universal. Time On Earth and Intriguer are both being released in the US on different record labels so it's taking longer to organise the US release.

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mattl posted:

So, it looks like the following are available at the US Amazon store:

Time on Earth MP3 [release date Nov. 4, 2016]

https://smile.amazon.com/Time-...475247874&sr=8-2

Still no physical release listed.

 

mattl

 

You can hear a snippet of the She Called Up demo. Interesting how slow it was originally, and how much of the piano tinklings were already there.

Yes, the bassline gives it a bit of an old Motown, classic R&B-type vibe.

For the record, the US iTunes store is listing the new deluxe versions of the following, and each includes one pre-release track available for immediate download:

  • Together Alone - Private Universe (Home Demo)
  • Afterglow - Instinct (Home Demo)
  • Woodface - There Goes God (Home Demo) [Murchison Street version]
  • Temple of Low Men - Never Be The Same (Home Demo)
  • Time on Earth - She Called Up (Home Demo)

[There's a deluxe edition of Intriguer listed, but it's the one from 2010.]

matt

The 2016 deluxe edition 2 CD set of "Time On Earth" is now listed on Amazon with a release date of November 11th, an import @ $39.99, prime eligible.

FYI, the Time on Earth vinyl is available to preorder from Amazon.UK - shipped to the US it comes out to around $22

Hello all---

Amazon’s US store is finally listing the deluxe 2CD sets, but they’re listed as imports, with a price of around $39 each and a release date of Oct. 28.

matt

Here are links to them.  These are each listed at $38.99 with a Oct. 28 release date.

CROWDED HOUSE

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J...oliid=I1IDVCJKEDOQ1Y

TEMPLE OF LOW MEN

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J...oliid=I2URHPJS3TDSRV

WOODFACE

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J...coliid=I73O3TVGZV4HB

TOGETHER ALONE

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J...coliid=IOES490GDHW3J

AFTERGLOW

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J...coliid=IZ2NL6G3395WY

INTRIGUER

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L...coliid=I5IEUGNUDU837

TIME ON EARTH is listed at $33.99 with a Nov. 11 release date.

TIME ON EARTH

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M...oliid=I28EPEY4MTKUL4

The curious thing is that several are listed as qualifying for Prime.  I don't recall ever seeing an import qualifying for Prime before.

matt

Good to see some "movement". Still hoping for domestic release on Amazon at more reasonable prices.

I also see they list them as single disc, but I assume they just don't have the details right in the listings.

Exactly.

I've already emailed them about the issues with the listings and pricing, so hopefully they'll be corrected soon.

Except for the release dates...! *wink*

matt

Amazon have revised (corrected?) the U.S. release date of all of the deluxe editions to November 11th. This is more in line with how things often are - U.S. release date a week or so after Europe/Australia/New Zealand...
That October 28th release date always looked unlikely.

However, Amazon Canada is currently showing a November 4th release date at CA$22.04 each ($23.83 for Time On Earth), for a converted total of U.S. $162.85 for the complete set of reissues with 1-3 business day delivery. There are two slower delivery options, the least expensive of which totals U.S. $140.72 - which might not be too bad if the sets are downloadable on day of release, though this is not clear.

Might be the best price so far, even allowing that the exchange rate may fluctuate slightly and it would appear possible that the November 4th release date could be ambitious. On the other hand, it could be correct that the Canadian release date is indeed a week earlier than the U.S.

For anyone who doesn't need a physical artifact, 6 of the 7 deluxe editions are up for preorder on US iTunes for prices ranging from $11.99 - $17.99.  Intriguer isn't listed.  And I'm not sure why there is a range in price.

This is almost certainly the way I'm going to go.  But I'm going to wait and see what develops.

My wife ended up buying all the vinyl editions through Amazon for me as an early Christmas gift. A few days later I made an impulse purchase and bought all these deluxe editions CD's through crowdedhouse.com. I got all 7 CD's plus the tote bag (which I could care less about) for $175 including ship. I'm sure it will be worth every penny. It's crazy though when I think of how many times I've purchased these albums in the past whether it be on cassette or original CD editions. But there's only a few bands I have done that with. That being said, it might be time to sell my Woodface EMI Centenary LP as I just sold an original UK LP of Together Alone for $70.

brownie posted:

For anyone who doesn't need a physical artifact, 6 of the 7 deluxe editions are up for preorder on US iTunes for prices ranging from $11.99 - $17.99.  Intriguer isn't listed.  And I'm not sure why there is a range in price.

This is almost certainly the way I'm going to go.  But I'm going to wait and see what develops.

Does iTunes provide PDFs of booklets? If so I'd consider it - sounds like the booklets are half the fun, lots of new interviews, etc.

I don't think there'll be any PDFs of the booklets, sorry. CD Deluxe Edition only.

Global release date for all editions is November 4th, except for the Time On Earth vinyl which is December 16th.

Release date globally is November 4th, except for the vinyl of Time On Earth which is December 16th.
Release date globally is November 4th, except for the vinyl of Time On Earth which is December 16th.
The Ligature posted:

However, Amazon Canada is currently showing a November 4th release date at CA$22.04 each ($23.83 for Time On Earth), for a converted total of U.S. $162.85 for the complete set of reissues with 1-3 business day delivery.

Even if Amazon US eventually has all the reissues domestically, and Prime shipping saves a few $, I can't imagine it will be a particularly compelling savings over the $163 through Amazon Canada. And it might be a week earlier this way^^. This seems like the way to go for US folks, at least for the moment.

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Jaffaman posted:

I don't think there'll be any PDFs of the booklets, sorry. CD Deluxe Edition only.

Global release date for all editions is November 4th, except for the Time On Earth vinyl which is December 16th.

Release date globally is November 4th, except for the vinyl of Time On Earth which is December 16th.
Release date globally is November 4th, except for the vinyl of Time On Earth which is December 16th.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/al...ntriguer/id971958319

T
he iTunes version of Intriguer (standard) came with a digital booklet. So it's possible. But there's nothing listed on the digital versions.

The latest news on the US releases: the vinyl will be available in local stores but the CDs will be exclusive to the Universal online store and www.crowdedhouse.com , initially. All the individual CDs will be added to that site for pre-ordering within the next week. Sounds like Amazon US will have imports only, for now.

Hello all---

First, I want to be clear about something.  Jaffaman, I know you’re just the messenger in all this, and I want to thank you again for keeping us informed about these releases.

Second, the idea that the new 2CD reissues will be sold through the usual online stores in the other major markets but not in the US is baffling to me.  I mean, yeah, it’s good to know they’ll be available in the official store, but based on the preorder listing for the first album, it appears that they’ll be charging the full MSRP for these sets.  The preorder for the first album is listed at $30, which is very high.

I can’t help wondering if this is some sort of strange, self-fulfilling prophecy kind of thing with the label.  They assume that these sets won’t sell in the US, so they’re limiting the availability to the official band/label store.  But by that very action, won’t they be hurting sales?

These sets clearly cater to the hardcore fans, who will surely seek out the best pricing [which currently appears to be the Canadian Amazon store…?].  Maybe the label just isn’t expecting the numbers on these releases, so rather than press up a bunch of copies, they’re hedging their bet with the limited availability in the US.  I would expect the slightly less hardcore but still somewhat interested fans to simply download these sets from the US iTunes store, which is offering them at close to half the price that official store is listing.  So maybe limiting the physical 2CD release is a smart decision.

I’m trying to understand the thought process behind all of this.  I mean, as a fan, I want these sets as soon as I can get them.  But we’re talking about $30 each from the official/label store or about $16.80 from Canada, plus import shipping.  That’s a HUGE price difference.

Jaffaman, you said “initially,” so the implication is that the 2CD sets will eventually be sold at the US Amazon store and other retailers in the US.  Is that correct?

Thanks,

matt

mattl posted:

I would expect the slightly less hardcore but still somewhat interested fans to simply download these sets from the US iTunes store, which is offering them at close to half the price that official store is listing.  So maybe limiting the physical 2CD release is a smart decision.

I would classify myself as a pretty hardcore and very interested fan who is more than likely going to go the iTunes way.

Why?  Because I know my listening habits.  CDs and vinyl sit there, digital gets played.  I bought Dizzy Heights on vinyl, and while it sounds great, I never listen to it.  The digital files that came with it are what gets played.  Why waste money?  

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Point taken. 

I was operating under the incorrect assumption that most of us would want the CDs for the booklets. Clearly not the case!

Matt

I would love to see the booklets.  But knowing that I'll read them in great detail once or twice, then probably never look at them again doesn't seem worth it to me at the significantly higher price.  I have a lot of Finn "things" that I've collected over the years, but for what?  It all takes up a lot of space. It's the music that is the one thing I go back to.  And these days, that's digital.  Heck, when I buy my next car it will almost certainly be impossible to get one with a CD player.

Hello all---

Okay, so from what I can tell, it appears that ordering the 7 deluxe sets from the Amazon Canada or Amazon UK store offers the best pricing, with [based on current exchange rates] the UK store coming in at about $127 and the UK store coming in at about $139.

So...I'm just curious, has anyone out there in the US ordered from both stores?  If so, did you find that one shipped faster to the US than the other, or were they about the same?  I would expect that an order from the Canada store would arrive sooner, but you never know.

Thanks,

matt

Matt,

I have no experience with either, but I'm about ready to pull the trigger on the Canada option. I would also like to hear from anyone about their sucess/problems with Amazon.ca. 

Steve

I've been trying to figure this out myself. Price is a factor for sure. My music-buying habits are disciplined--I rarely pay more than five dollars for an album--but clearly anything Neil Finn does, and a special release like this, is an exception. Even so, the notion of paying twenty dollars or so for each of seven double-album sets--that would be quite an expenditure, even for what amounts to a seven-disc obscurities collection.

Still, there's no rush, and no harm in waiting to see what prices are available to U.S. fans on release. I'm just hoping I can find some way to keep it under one hundred.

Amazon Canada is now showing a release date of November 18th for the Time On Earth deluxe edition, which according to thier shipping policy could potentially delay a grouped shipment of the complete set of reissues. It might be advisable to place a separate order for the Time On Earth deluxe editon if going the Amazon route.
Amazon US is still displaying a November 11th release date.

Ouch. Just tried that, added about $37 to shipping cost. Separate orders may work better. Can't believe shipping went from $17 to $54 to ship one cd separately. 

Coincidentally, "Time On Earth" is now available on US Amazon at $21.98 with free shipping for Prime members, and a November 11th release date.
All of the other reissues are about $10 more expensive.

The best options seem to be changing every few days.

Assuming the release dates are accurate the best option for Stateside fans currently appears to be placing an order for  "Time On Earth" through Amazon US, and the other six reissues from the Canadian site.

Still over a week for that to change however.

Also curious that "Intriguer" is the only deluxe reissue that currently offers Autorip on the US site. 

Thanks for the heads up on TOE, Lig. I had cancelled it on Amazon Canada, and was about to place a separate order for it. May hold off a few days and order Amazon US. Or go a head and order to lock in the price in case they go up. If it drops, they will guarantee the lower price. A week earlier release is nice ( and there's a Tolkien book coming out Nov. 11, too. That will make a nice package to get in the mail!).

The fact that TOE was originally released by ATO records and will now be distributed through SONY seems to be the wrench with the reissues on this side of the Atlantic.

The 1st five albums (CH, TOLM, Woodface TA, Afterglow) were all released by Capitol/EMI; now owned by Universal Music. Intriguer was released by Universal, so it stays the same.

I'd be curious to know what kind of negotiations take place between record companies, to ensure us fans get consistency in terms of release dates as well as art/design/packaging.

It still kind of sucks that there isn't an actual 'official' BOX being released in this part of the world. As grateful and excited as I am, I can't help but think someone wasted a golden opportunity to make something really special (with bonus stuff like pictures, posters, etc.) to 'house' all 7 CD''s. 

The Ligature posted:

Coincidentally, "Time On Earth" is now available on US Amazon at $21.98 with free shipping for Prime members, and a November 11th release date.
All of the other reissues are about $10 more expensive.

The best options seem to be changing every few days.

Assuming the release dates are accurate the best option for Stateside fans currently appears to be placing an order for  "Time On Earth" through Amazon US, and the other six reissues from the Canadian site.

Still over a week for that to change however.

Also curious that "Intriguer" is the only deluxe reissue that currently offers Autorip on the US site. 

Thanks so much for the heads up on this.  Honestly, I had given up on the US Amazon store, so I stopped checking on it.  Thanks to this update, I canceled my import order and placed it with the US store.  And I was able to use my gift card, which is always nice [since Amazon gift cards purchased in the US can't be used in the Canada or UK Amazon stores].

matt

BRANDO BRANDT posted:

 I can't help but think someone wasted a golden opportunity to make something really special (with bonus stuff like pictures, posters, etc.) to 'house' all 7 CD''s. 

Could've been a box, designed by Nick and fashioned after the LA rental that was the original "crowded house." Yes, that's about the only thing missing here, but I'm thrilled with the situation otherwise.

Ok, I went ahead and ordered. Six from Canada, TOE from US. With Amazon prime free shipping on TOE, and shipping but no tax to Canada, came to $140.43 total, or $20.06 each. With price guarantee, could go down but not up. Assuming delivery goes ok, I'm pretty darn happy.

Thanks to all that have contributed to this thread. If any kind of "super deal" comes along before the release date, please post it; hopefully I could still cancel, but really, I think this is going to be the way to go.

 

The Ligature posted:

Coincidentally, "Time On Earth" is now available on US Amazon at $21.98 with free shipping for Prime members, and a November 11th release date.
All of the other reissues are about $10 more expensive.

The best options seem to be changing every few days.

Assuming the release dates are accurate the best option for Stateside fans currently appears to be placing an order for  "Time On Earth" through Amazon US, and the other six reissues from the Canadian site.

Still over a week for that to change however.

Also curious that "Intriguer" is the only deluxe reissue that currently offers Autorip on the US site. 

Thanks for the head's up on TOE - I cancelled my Amazon.UK vinyl preorder and went with Amazon.com to save $10. Release date is a month later than the other vinyl albums but will be glad to have this in December either way!

For anyone in the US that ordered from amazon canada, (excluding Time On Earth) does your order read as this?

Pre-ordered
Delivery estimate: We need a little more time to provide you with a good estimate. We'll notify you via e-mail as soon as we have an estimated delivery date.
 
I'm feeling like this isn't shipping on friday. Yikes.

I am in Canada and had a feeling this was going to happen.  I have been debating about pre-ordering from Amazon but I still think their price is a bit high and was waiting to see if it may come down.  I also wanted to see if HMV may by cheaper.   I actually went to an HMV store this past Friday and asked about these reissues.  They said the reissues were scheduled for Nov. 18.  He also said that he thought they were getting an imported copy.  He also mentioned that Intriguer was delayed not Time on Earth.  Silly me forgot to ask about their price but like Amazon it may change hopefully down before the release.  The mess may be caused by the fact that the 7 albums are not all on the same label in NA.  So massively confused about these reissues in NA.

lupin the third posted:

For anyone in the US that ordered from amazon canada, (excluding Time On Earth) does your order read as this?

Pre-ordered
Delivery estimate: We need a little more time to provide you with a good estimate. We'll notify you via e-mail as soon as we have an estimated delivery date.
 
I'm feeling like this isn't shipping on friday. Yikes.

Yes, I got that. Just took it to mean they won't give a delivery date until they ship, I sure hope there is no delay. 

Steve

Bummer.  Looks like I might be canceling my Canada order and switching back to the UK. *sigh*

matt

Well it looked like it was coming, and Amazon Canada have also now put the release date back to November 18th for all of the deluxe reissues.

Amazon UK all the way: Nov 4 release date for all except TOE Nov 11 and total for all 7 with shipping 122.51 USD.

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mikelm posted:

Amazon UK all the way: Nov 4 release date for all except TOE Nov 11 and total for all 7 with shipping 122.51 USD.

Yep, cancelled my Canada order for the six other than TOE (had it with US) and ordered from UK for $105.41. I don't know when I've stressed more over a purchase such as this. 

At Amazon Canada the Temple of Low Men reissue has now increased in price twice - first from CA$22.04 to CA$43.56, and it is currently priced at a whopping CA$66.06 (!!) - almost triple it's originally listed price.
I know Temple fared well back in the day in Canada, but that's just bizarre!

The latest on the ever-changing deluxe edition release date/pricing saga:

The UDiscoverMusic.com web site has now updated the release dates of all of the reissues from November 18th to December 16th.

With news of a UK release delay too, it seems doubtful anyone is going to have the CD packages in hand on Friday.

Much appreciated Jaffaman - will be interesting to learn what causes that length of delay and not just on one specific release, but across the board. Also the wild overnight price increases on the Temple reissue in Canada - why does that happen?

Given these developments, timing dictates that I'll likely be buying the reissues on the high street in Auckland en-route to the encore concerts.

 

Does anyone know what's up with TOLM?  It is now priced at $59.98 on Amazon Canada.  I am truly hoping that's a mistake or I may end up buying it off of ITunes.

Does anyone know why the reissued Intriguer is not listed on iTunes Canada or US?  They appear to have the other 6 available on Nov. 4.

Steve Shealy posted:

Just UDiscover? Or Amazon, too? If so, all of them? I have TOE ordered through Amazon US.

Right now US Amazon is saying November 11th.

People have been tweeting Neil about the scattered release dates and even he is at a loss to explain it.  But, at least he is keeping his sense of humour about it.

"Clearly the release dates are fluid depending on where you live but I would venture that all Crowded House itches will be scratched soon"

 

Spencer Goode posted:
Steve Shealy posted:

Just UDiscover? Or Amazon, too? If so, all of them? I have TOE ordered through Amazon US.

Right now US Amazon is saying November 11th.

Except, ironically, TOE!

A re-edited update on the release schedule, just confirmed:Update on my earlier post to be a bit clearer about "Time On Earth" vinyl, which is via a different record company.

Australia and NZ: CDs, Vinyl, downloads and streaming available now. "Time On Earth" CDs should be out next week, while the vinyl's looking like December.
UK and Europe: The CD Deluxes and vinyl will be released by next Friday Nov 11th. "Time On Earth" vinyl might be December. Downloads and streaming available now.
US and Canada: The CD and vinyl titles have been moved to December whilst they await stock. They expect it sooner, and will be updating us next week. "Time On Earth" vinyl might be slightly later than the others. Downloads and streaming available now.
Other countries: CDs and vinyl (except for "Time On Earth" vinyl at this stage) are available for importing via www.crowdedhouse.com and other online sites, if they're not released in local stores. Downloads and streaming available now.

US and Canada CD Deluxe Editions will not be available in local stores for the time being. Available online at crowdedhouse.com . Vinyl will be available in stores though. 

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I got my copies today via AU. The packages seem to be about the size of a DVD case. It seems I mistakenly ordered two copies of Together Alone, so I'll have to put one in the classifieds for a USA sale.

Full impressions of each will be posted in the associated threads...

Comp posted:

I've been trying to figure this out myself. Price is a factor for sure. My music-buying habits are disciplined--I rarely pay more than five dollars for an album--but clearly anything Neil Finn does, and a special release like this, is an exception. Even so, the notion of paying twenty dollars or so for each of seven double-album sets--that would be quite an expenditure, even for what amounts to a seven-disc obscurities collection.

Still, there's no rush, and no harm in waiting to see what prices are available to U.S. fans on release. I'm just hoping I can find some way to keep it under one hundred.

Man. Remember that time a few weeks ago when I was totally patient about waiting to see what prices became available? Those were the days, right?

So the board has exploded, and rightfully so, and I'm trying to sift through all the information to figure out the most cost-effective way in the U.S. to get hold of all the new music everyone else seems already to have. Downloading from Amazon seems like it would cost me just over $100--coming, of course, at the sacrifice of all the new liner notes, which I really want, but won't pay, say, $60 extra to own. But of course the physical copies haven't even been released in the U.S. yet, and maybe they'll be cost-effective bundled.

Has anyone found a particularly good deal? Am I likely to find a better value than the present Amazon downloads?

Comp, they come in right about $20 each, including shipping, from Amazon UK. I haven't actually gotten any yet, I figure 10-14 days to arrive. I'm really in it for the bonus discs and the liner notes, and packaging. I already have the original discs, of course, and probably won't notice too much of a sound upgrade on my moderate equipment. Still, I've been whining about the box set for years, so I'll shell out $140 and be ecstatic to have all these rarities. Just wish they would get here!

Steve is right. Amazon.co.uk is the best site for US customers to get ahold of these sets at a reasonable price. My sets should be arriving tomorrow and I am beyond excited!

Thanks! That helps a lot. I can either be patient and see how the U.S. releases affect worldwide pricing, buy the physical copies right now for just a little more than the digital copies, or stalk Painaporo's mailbox, grab the albums on arrival, and run away cackling.

Well, the 18th is now here and Amazon.Ca simply changed the release date to 'Not in stock; order now and we'll deliver when available'... real nice!

I'll be surprised if I get these in 2016...

Brando, it is easy to set up an Amazon account in another country, I set one up in CA and UK for this, I originally ordered from Canada then cancelled and ordered from UK. May have to wait on shipping, but it may be worth the effort for you.

 

Hello all---

This has nothing to do with the band's decision to release all the new recordings or Jeremy's fantastic archival work, because there has probably never been a better time to be a CH fan.  But this release has been a mess for US fans.

There are apparently issues in Canada, and I think the UK release was also delayed a little.  But did any other territory have the same situation as the US, where the physical CDs are only available from the official/label store at full MSRP [$30 each, plus shipping]?

The idea of paying $210 plus shipping for them when I can get them for about $140 from the UK is ridiculous.

On one hand, there's the whole "We've waited 10 years for these songs, you can't wait another month or two?" argument.  But on the other hand, it's just hard when everyone is discussing how awesome the new material is.

I ended up downloading 10 or 12 of the new tunes from iTunes, just to tide me over.

And I'm kicking myself now, because I had Amazon UK deliver the CDs to my work address back when the release date was a week earlier.  And now, the estimated delivery date is next week [11/25] when we're closed for the Thanksgiving holidays.

That's just perfect, isn't it?  They're finally on the way, but I'll have to wait several more days now.  Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

mattl

Steve Shealy posted:

Brando, it is easy to set up an Amazon account in another country, I set one up in CA and UK for this, I originally ordered from Canada then cancelled and ordered from UK. May have to wait on shipping, but it may be worth the effort for you.

 

Is there a benefit to setting up a separate account?

I logged into the Canada and UK stores using my same [US] login information, and it worked fine.  I've previously ordered that way from the UK store, with no problems at all.

mattl

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I just ordered from the UK and cancelled my Canadian order and ended up saving money! Unreal!

Time On Earth isnt available yet on the UK site so I kept that one from my original Canadian order. 

Thanks Steve.

What's interesting is that I found a blog on the Amoeba Records site, announcing the vinyl releases back on the 6th of September.  The release date at that time was November 18.  Today's the 18th and Amoeba still has the vinyl as a pre-order.  Cost: 24.99.  TOE and Intriguer vinyl are missing.  

Amazon US shows a Dec. 16 release for vinyl; $22.55 for all except  Intriguer at $24.51.  I'm tempted to pre-order the vinyl with the download codes and get the CDs at a later time.  I suspect the vinyl will have limited availability, smaller production run which keeps the price higher.  But I need a new turntable!

I suspect once the Deluxe CDs are sold in the US market, the price will go down significantly.  Affording both will be a steep mountain to climb and a selling of my soul to my better half.  I'm trying to be patient.

 

mattl posted:
Steve Shealy posted:

Brando, it is easy to set up an Amazon account in another country, I set one up in CA and UK for this, I originally ordered from Canada then cancelled and ordered from UK. May have to wait on shipping, but it may be worth the effort for you.

 

Is there a benefit to setting up a separate account?

I logged into the Canada and UK stores using my same [US] login information, and it worked fine.  I've previously ordered that way from the UK store, with no problems at all.

mattl

I guess I didn't know you could do that. 

I'm in Canada and Amazon.ca has delayed TOE until Dec 2 and because of that the rest of my CDs haven't shipped either. I was really looking forward to opening them up before I head out on a trip...

My local record shop thought they would have the vinyl in today for most of them. I know I'm getting a couple for Christmas, so maybe I'll slip the download codes out and put them away again!

Ajax posted:

I'm in Canada and Amazon.ca has delayed TOE until Dec 2 and because of that the rest of my CDs haven't shipped either. I was really looking forward to opening them up before I head out on a trip...

My local record shop thought they would have the vinyl in today for most of them. I know I'm getting a couple for Christmas, so maybe I'll slip the download codes out and put them away again!

Hi Ajax,

I'm in Canada as well. Check-out my previous reply a few posts up.

You can get the CD's at Amazon UK for cheaper than the best price on Amazon.Ca. I'd locked them in at $22 and from the UK they're coming in a few bucks cheaper (with shipping included). Might want to consider this option.

We have nothing in terms of release dates now that they're officially 'not in stock'.

 

I was supposed to receive all the CDs except Time on Earth from Amazon UK this last Wednesday, which seemed pretty quick. Unfortunately UPS has somehow bungled things, and though the package has been in my city for two days the status has not changed since it arrived. I am in agony waiting for them to sort this BS out. aaaarrrrgghhh

Cannot advocate ordering them from Australia (via CH site) enough.

No nonsense, 3-day Fedex International delivery. Done.

Because my Woodface copy arrived with a cracked case, I was going to replace it via Amazon USA, but no thanks for a 1-2 month delivery window.

WELL worth a few extra bucks. I've actually enjoyed the remastering more than the unreleased tracks.

I ordered the set early from the UK, including the free tote bag. I didn't realize at the time that the set did not include the debut album. I later got impatient (and budget foolish) and bought all of the MP3s on the release date. Today my box of six deluxe CD sets arrived, with the tote bag. I've listed it on eBay for my purchase cost of $21 each, not counting shipping. I have the collection in hand, so no delays, if anyone wants it guaranteed before the holidays -- including a free tote bag. I'm not looking to profit, just break even. All are unopened in the original packaging and shipping container. If you are interested, go here http://r.ebay.com/yIGBjn

It looks like Time on Earth vinyl has been pushed back until January 13, at least via Amazon.com 

All the other records still show a release date of December 15.

 

 

From what I've read in a new topic, the vinyl releases in the US are missing download cards.  Amazon US is selling the import CD reissues, at $27.99 a pop.  No sign of a US CD release.  I'm starting to doubt that there will be a US release.  I hope I'm wrong.  

I ended up buying TOE ($19.95) and Afterglow ($25.95) with Amazon points from the US store, and the rest of the reissue discs via Amazon UK.  The other 5 discs came out to be $17.73 US per disc (including shipping) as opposed to $27.99 per disc via Amazon US.  Finding out the download codes weren't included with US vinyl releases changed my purchasing direction.  Thank you all for pointing out different directions to purchase this House set.  Saving over $50 is no joke. 

The Amazon UK shipment arrives in 2 weeks.  The anticipation and delivery anxiety will get the best of my nails!  

Thanks, Jeremy, for being so patient throughout the release and being available on the forum to fellow fans.  Your updates and insights have made us feel so much closer to the creation of this monumental project.  We are very lucky to be FRENZ!   

 

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