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  1. I complained to them about this very thing and got this response: Dear xxxxx, Thanks for your patience. I understand you're wondering if the website claims there are 1,000 units made, why your copy is over 1,000. I was able to find out that the record label releasing the Best of Everything decided to increase the limited quantity to 2000 units total. I hope this helps! If you'd like to return your order for a refund, please follow the instructions below — Please use the return label that came with your shipment. If you do not receive it or cannot locate it, please return your items to: WEA Corporation c/o Cinram Attn: Returns Door #1 437 New Sanford Rd. La Vergne, TN 37086 When returning the item, please be sure to include the following information: your name, email address, phone number, what you are returning and why. We recommend that the items be returned to us using a mail service which provides tracking or insurance. Keep your receipt until the credit appears on your credit card statement. Sincerely,
  2. Is there any chance you have these in High Resolution files? kind regards.
  3. This brings back awesome memories of those last 3 nights at the Hollywood Bowl. I will never forget how great they sounded and how perfect the weather was for those shows. I had virtually the same seat for all three nights in the 'Pool' and it would be fantastic if they released a Blu-ray of those shows or at the very least the last tour.....
  4. Personally, I would like to see more quality Blu-ray releases like the 2003 PBS Soundstage show. They pro shoot all of the concerts so it is clear that there is plenty of HD video out there. That said, no more releases like High Grass Dogs where the editing is all over the place rather than on the band. If they if use that 2003 Blu-ray as a guide it will be awesome. The 2006 Concert included in the 4 disc DVD of Running down a Dream is really pretty good as well but a Blu-ray version with HD Video and Hi-resolution audio would be very welcome indeed. Also, a Live Anthology II to give us the live stuff from 2009 until his passing would be a nice set. I love the 2009 Live Anthology and include a Blu-ray audio like what was in the last package. I second a Playback 2 and along with many others a deluxe Wildflowers set with Audiophile Blu-ray version as well as an 2 LP set. The sad reality is that it takes Tom's passing to blow the dust off some of the mountains of great material that I believe exists. Put it out there while the folks who are big fans are still around (The core fan base isn't getting any younger...) and would love to buy it.
  5. Unlike Tom, I have no words to describe my feelings about the news. It saddens me most to think of his family who gave up so much of Tom to share him with his fans. I was blessed to have been at the 3 shows at the Hollywood Bowl and there was no sign of any health issue that I could see. In fact they put on awesome shows and even went overtime both Thursday and Friday nights (they started early on the 25th to avoid another $5K fine). I truly hope he is now among the Wildflowers and he can rest in peace knowing that he left a legacy that is befitting of the type of person and musician he was. I am still in a state of shock over this terrible news and this will take a lot of time to understand and get over....
  6. Having been at the last 3 shows at the Hollywood Bowl and a huge fan I can only pray for his family that this is in fact not totally accurate. Tom continued to produce great music way beyond when he could have hung the guitar on the wall and lived off his previous works. His 40th tour showed that he always put his fans first. I can say first hand that he showed no signs of fatigue in LA and looked totally relaxed for the shows at the Bowl. I saw them locally in St. Paul on June 3rd and the shows at the bowl were fantastic, truly outstanding. They all (The Heartbreakers) seemed so happy to be home and it certainly showed. If the news is indeed true I was certainly blessed to see him those nights. My sincere condolences go out not only to his family and his granddaughter in particular (he mentioned wanting to spend more time with her in an interview prior to the tour) but also to his fellow band members which have truly been a family to Tom for these many years. I pray that Tom is still with us so that his family has some well deserved time with someone who has given so much to so many. It is long overdue for them. It would be hard to argue that there has been a more hard working musician who truly put his heart into everything he did.
  7. I promise to be back and work on this thread. Been ultra busy this summer! I need to be retired but that won't happen for at least five years . Out of town for Granddaughter's 6th birthday next week and then off to LA for the 3 Hollywood Bowl shows. Things should settle down in October. Whew! ET
  8. I can certainly say that I was quite annoyed when they announced the second night. I spent for airfare, a car and a 6th row seat for what was hyped as the 'last' show in the tour. Then once they sell it out there is miraculously a second show announced.....this may be the way the 'game' is played but it is disingenuous to the fans and really makes it feel like a cash grab. Will i buy a ticket for the 2nd night? 95% + chance that i will because I wanted to be at the last show. My guess is that more than 50% of the people going to the original 'last show' will be also going to the 2nd night and that is likely a low estimate...had I known this was going to happen i would have bought a 'cheap' seat for the 1st night and a really good seat for the last night....
  9. I thought about it for just a short time before deciding I needed to do this. There are just too many variables in life to not take advantage of some things and this is one of them. That said, I am fortunate to be at a point in my life where I can afford to shell out some $ and organize the ticket, flight and car plus any other misc. expenses. Will it be a better show than I saw June 3rd at home? I dunno but it will be fun....
  10. Sorry to have been away from this for so long! This is why I need to be retired now so I can get to the things that are the most important....I will start formulating some thoughts on these two. Randy
  11. Well, I decided to travel to LA for the Hollywood Bowl show. Being the last in the tour and being close to home maybe they will pull out some special songs. It is highly unlikely there will be a '50th Anniversary' tour and short of the possibility of a small venue Wildflowers tour (which I still hope happens!) or a new album tour this may be the last big show for this wonderful band. I saw them in St. Paul and the show was a bit short (1 hour 50 min) and they stuck with the standard set list. They were engaged and looked to be having fun but it was a show in the middle of a large tour where they are playing almost nightly so it is hard to expect them to go all out. This show (Hollywood Bowl) may be different with them knowing they get a break afterwards. Anyways, that is my hope.
  12. I honestly don't see this one played this time around as it is from the Wildflowers album and Tom has stated that he would still like to do a small venue WF tour because most the songs from WF are not meant for arena sized concert venues. This is also the one LP that is not being sold individually from the recent box set #2 which also lends itself to hopefully the 'deluxe' WF set we have waited a number of years for. Finding Out would be a great tune for a large venue but as much as I would love to hear a live version of Pirate's Cove that will likely not happen either for the same reason...best done in a smaller venue. I, like many, would love them to dig deep for this tour as it may be the last large tour for these guys. It would be great if they had a song request poll on the HC site and the fans could at least influence one song of the set list....
  13. Email them again. They are very good about responding. The downloads come from Warner and the Fenway show is 48/24 and the Mudcrutch live material was 96/24. Excellent material particularly the Mudcrutch 'concert'. I would have loved more from the shows at the Fonda but they stitch it together so it sounds like it was one show. Randy
  14. It would be cool if someone had the Sunday night show from the Fonda Theater. Stephen Stills showed up and played the last two songs with them. It was a very electric night and having gone to both nights it was really a special show. Randy aka Earl Thomas
  15. Here's to hoping they do a residency in some venues....
  16. Is there any indication if this could be the beginning of a new TPATH album? ET
  17. Got both CD's today for the concert tickets I bought. My vinyl with T shirt came yesterday. The FLAC files are a real bonus for me as they are in 48khz/24bit which after a bit of work will play as lossless Alac files at 48/24. btw...if you download the Pono Music World player from Pono you can play FLAC files in their native form and it also has a converter built in to convert them to other formats.
  18. I am going to the LA show both nights and got an email for the cd's. They should arrive tomorrow. I also pre-ordered the vinyl bundle which should be here tomorrow as well...I needed the T-shirt for the show, right? I also understand the hi-res files wil be available on PONO tomorrow too....ET
  19. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson. He put Minneapolis on the Music World Map. I still cannot believe it. (My Brother went to school with him for 1 year and was actually his lab partner in Biology.)
  20. Couldn't agree more. This is a very underrated title following two very successful albums. I have the Hi-res and I have made a CD out of it which sounds pretty darn good. I have also made it into a 48khz/24bit file in itunes (Apple will play up to 48/24) and a 96/24 DVD audio. I really wish they would do a decent vinyl reissue of this title with Ryan Ulyate and Chris Bellman (Bernie Grundman Mastering)....sigh
  21. 5000 is indeed more than enough to go around since they are not an expanded or special version of the songs. it is also suspect whether 5000 is worldwide or not. My concern is that on RSD's own website they call it out as colored vinyl and the only copies I have seen or heard about are black. Honestly I bought mine to support RSD, the band and as a conversation piece (colored vinyl not being the norm).
  22. Moving on to: Long After Dark: There are 4 CD issues of this title: A Japan for Japan, Japan for US, a US MCA issue and the remaster issue. The early issues all share the same mastering which is generally thought to be far superior to the compressed/loud remastered version from 2001 If you are into vinyl the good old US pressing is thought to have pretty decent mastering but the vinyl quality could be a bit iffy. There was a limited edition premium promo pressing apparently available as well as an original Japanese pressing. I would opt for the latter two as this was in the period where the quality of the vinyl itself was really pretty poor in many instances. The premium pressing and the Japanese pressing are likely virgin vinyl whereas the standard issue could be recycled vinyl... There is also a very well done Hi-resolution version available for this title. Southern Accents: There are 4 different early pressings of this title and it can be confusing: 1. MCAD-5486 (JVC Japan For US)* - Has pre-emphasis. (I won't go into detail on what PE is but a google will tell you all you need to know about it. Not all modern players will properly play this version) 2. MCAD-5486 DIDX 383 (Japan For US) [matrix: MCAD 5486 M1E2] 3. Universal US* - no PE flag set, possibly in error. (Avoid this version) 4. MCAD-5486, DIDY 383 (DADC Pressing) [matrix: DIDX 383 11A15] This is a rare instance where the early Japan pressings are not the way to go. Version #4 is generally thought to be the best version of this title readily available. It will state on the CD that it is made by DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corp.) It was not remastered but is available as Hi-res files as well. You can't go wrong with either of these versions. As far as vinyl is concerned. Try to stick with the Japanese pressing by Pioneer (P-13115). Side Note: Sony DADC was the first plant in the US (Terre Haute, IN). The earliest US discs from CBS/Sony will have been manufactured at that plant and will have it stamped in the clear plastic at the center of the disc. Next in line: Let Me Up I've Had Enough and Full Moon Fever
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