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Classic Album, Disappointing Box
on 7 November 2011
There is no question that Wish You Were Here is a 5 star album, but this Immersion box set is over priced and a disappointment.
Firstly, at the time of writing, it costs the same as the Dark Side Of The Moon Immersion box, £84.99, but contains one less disc. At least the Dark Side box contained an extra CD of demos and alternate mixes, which made it a little more desirable.
Discs 1 & 2, the remastered original album and bonus tracks, can be bought for £12.93 as part of the Experience edition.
For your extra £70+, you get 2 DVDs and a Blu Ray disc, replicating the DVD contents. Therefore, if you have a Blu Ray player, the DVDs are redundant. There is no doubt, however, that this is where the holy grail is contained, with the release of the long awaited 5.1 mix of the album, in addition to the original 1975 Quadrophonic mix and concert screen films.
As with the Dark Side set, the rest of the box is filled with 'collectibles', most rather pointless and of 'cheap' quality. The two photo books are flimsy and lack much content, the scarf and marbles are pointless, & the print, collector's cards, replica ticket and backstage pass are interesting to look at once, but you won't need to return to them again. EMI could have left all these out and cut the price.
If you have an SACD player, I would recommend buying the SACD instead, which contains the 2011 remaster and 5.1 mix. Although it has to be imported, it is available from European online sites for around £30, including shipping. That way, you can still own the 5.1 mix and save yourself £50 odd quid.