Sigur Ros 3 albums repressing

There is currently available a gorgeous 7LP set of Sigur Ros' last three albums, A B, () and Takk. It is called In a a frozen sea : A year with Sigur Ros and is limited to 5000 copies. (Somehow that doesn't seem that limited. But all the first two of these albums were at some point claiming quite silly prices on Ebay)

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As the website says..

"The vinyl LP collector's set of In a Frozen sea is the ultimate collectible for any Sigur Ros fan. Encased in a hard cover album, this deluxe version contains a re-pressing of three classic Sigur Ros albums: Agaetis Bryjun, () and Takk. Also included in this set is Smaskifa, which has never before been released in a 12" vinyl format. These LPs(7 pieces of vinyl total) come encased in a hard cover book and slip into seven customized vinyl sleeves. As a bonus, 50 limited edition copies will be personally autographed by Sigur Ros and shipped at random. This collectors' set is limited to 5000 units and includes the classic publication. Each of these units is individually numbered and foil-stamped, signifying its authenticity.

Available for $150 US plus shipping and handling."

in a frozen sea – tour book (april 2007)

artist in residence (a+r), is a quarterly publication that is destined to become the finest purveyor of artist appreciation, the epitome of ultimate fandom. created by music industry veteran jeff anderson, a+r's publication regards the artist it covers with a large degree of intimacy, previously unseen in other media formats. a+r's first book, in a frozen sea: a year with sigur ros, follows internationally renowned band, sigur ros, through their native iceland on the last leg of the 2006 takk world tour. featuring original, striking imagery from the viewpoints of both the fan in the crowd and the fan backstage, the publication presents a unique insight into the artist by way of exclusive interviews and observations.

being the music lovers that they are, the creators of a+r understand the excitement and value surrounding a collector's item – and for sigur ros fans, in a frozen sea: a year with sigur ros is absolutely it. the 32-page publication comes encased in a 12" vinyl jacket, and features photography of both the band and the vast icelandic landscape, setting a beautiful context for the band's music. during sigur ros' gratis tour of iceland, the band found themselves playing everywhere from the nation's capitol of reykjavik to small towns in the icelandic countryside, setting up stages wherever they went (with full brass and string ensemble, of course). the publication's images give sigur ros' songs a visual backdrop like no other – from behind the stage and beyond the crowd, you see vast mountains, glacier tips, coniferous trees reaching skyward, all blending in with the bend of an azure sky. a+r captures all the details, from information about iceland's most famous musical church (and the stunning photo of sigur ros playing in front of it) to the faces of fans enraptured with the band's live show, to a shot capturing singer/guitarist jonsi in a shoe-less moment on stage, curling his socked toes under as he performs. artist appreciation, indeed.

in a frozen sea: a year with sigur ros is available to order on june 1, 2007 at a+r's website – http://www.ainr.com – and will also be stocked in select stores. for the true fan, there will be 5,000 limited edition vinyl album collections. this special edition run contains in a frozen sea, as well as three of sigur ros' 12" lp's including agaetis byrjun, ( ), takk and smaskifa, which has yet to be released in a 12" format (seven pieces of vinyl total). these albums have been re-released and repackaged solely for this artist in residence exclusive.

in addition to the publication, a+r offers an interactive web playground for the ultimate fan through www.ainr.com. the website is the ultimate fan experience, featuring unique loft-style rooms where you can listen to sigur ros' music, screen sigur ros' videos and community flash message boards where fans can interact. in addition, a+r contains a special studio and lounge section for independent and unsigned acts to submit their music, which will ultimately be judged by a+r's panel of judges. for the first book, the judges will include famed producers alan moulder and flood, as well as sigur ros themselves. a small handful of these undiscovered acts selected by a+r's judges will ultimately be presented in a unique showcase in a+r's lounge.

The classic publication is a coffee table style book it seems.

Order here

The Vinyl Revival: Records Are Cool Again

The Vinyl Revival: Records Are Cool Again

Had the vinyl record finally met its match? In 1982, the compact disc was introduced to the music world and the record album was supposed to fade away like the dreaded eight track tapes that you may have heard your grandfather talk about.

But audiophiles, collectors, DJs and the artists who make the music had kept up the demand for vinyl records throughout the years. Then, came another challenge for the vinyl record: the music downloads…MP3 mania…the digital phenomenon, or whatever you choose to call it.

But something revolutionary is happening. Vinyl is cool again. Teenagers, who once scoffed at their parent's record collections, now wait in line to get the latest releases. In fact, according to the British Phonograph Industry (BPI), sales of 7" singles (45 rpm) surpassed the one million mark recently.

Now will this "revival" migrate across the Atlantic and push vinyl sales up in America? Will this be the next "British Invasion," albeit a different format? Time will tell, but if popular bands like the White Stripes, Primal Scream, Keane and indie favorites the Arctic Monkeys keep insisting their material is released via the seven-inch single, the teens who buy this music will keep responding and sales will continue to grow and so will the format.

Furthermore, it is not just the alternative bands or indie bands that release their material on vinyl. Mainstream artists like Neil Young, Madonna, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and many more have continued to utilize this format and there is excitement about Beck's new album. Beck is taking a unique approach to album cover design, selling a blank cover with a choice of four sticker sheets individually designed by artists Jasper Goodall and Han Lee. Fans can make their own album covers.

What is the allure, the attraction to the clumsy, hard to handle records? As recent research suggests, some people are drawn in by the physical nature of the record, the actual handling of the music, the interaction between the person, the record and the phonograph. There is almost a ritual to the handling and playing of a phonograph record.

Young people have heard that records sound better than their sterile cd counterparts and digital downloads, now they are experiencing the true sound that vinyl records bring to the music. There is a certain warmth, an ambience that a vinyl record brings to the music. And since the human ear hears in analog sound, and not digital format, vinyl naturally sounds better. So this is the secret that all the audiophiles knew all along!

However, it isn't just teens who are buying vinyl records. People are also picking up the hobby of collecting records and baby boomers are buying albums they used to own when they were in high school. But it is not only the music that intrigues the masses. Album cover art has long been highly collectible and now you can have your favorite album framed into a beautiful piece of art! It is the best and the only way to preserve these wonderful treasures of musical history.

With this new interest in vinyl, the online community has responded. Besides the online auction sites, from mom and pop sites to major retailers, buying records online has become an irresistible source for record collectors or anyone interested in buying vinyl. Rare vinyl, once thought to be gone forever, is now resurfacing in online shops all over the Internet.

Will this trend continue? One can only guess, but the vinyl record, as prehistoric as it is; will never go out of style.


Robert Benson is an avid record collector and is the author of the ebook “The Fascinating Hobby Of Vinyl Record Collecting” which is available at his web site
http://www.collectingvinylrecords.com