The next non-album album

As expected, it’s from Nine Inch Nails.

Ghosts I-IV, a collection of 36 instrumental tracks, is the new release from the no-longer-under-contract Trent Reznor, and he’s offering it in a variety of formats:

NIN has supplied five extensive ways to get Ghosts I-IV. For free you can download the first nine tracks, known as Ghosts I. A $5 fee gets you all 36 tracks as well as a 40-page informational PDF as a digital download. A $10 two-CD set is the third option. Also available is a $75 deluxe edition package that includes the audio CDs, a data DVD, Blu-ray disc, hardcover slipcase and more. Finally, the band offers a $300 ultra package that includes everything — the deluxe edition as well as four LP180 vinyl discs and two Giclee prints all signed and numbered by NIN frontman Trent Reznor. The latter two packages won’t ship until May 1 and the ultra package is limited to 2500 pieces. The three CD packages also include an immediate digital download of the entire album.

The download, incidentally, comes in your choice of three flavors:

  • 320-kbps MP3s (LAME encoded)
  • FLAC lossless
  • Apple’s own lossless format

The band is also throwing in liner notes (a 40-page PDF file) plus wallpapers, icons, and similar effluvia.

I may have to grab this myself, though I’m wavering on whether I want to wait for the CDs or spend half as much on just the FLACs. (Should I need MP3s, I keep a LAME encoder handy.) If you’re keeping track of Halo numbers, this is number 26.

Update: I’m ordering the CDs. Ship date is 8 April; shipping charge is $6.99.

Further update: The downloadable stuff didn’t, due to a server error; I’ve left an email to the proprietors.





1 comment

  1. minessa »

    4 March 2008 · 4:24 am

    You know, I have always been a huge NIN fan,but then this last studio album really disappointed me. However, that said I think Trent Reznor is SO good with the instrumental stuff that I think I may just have to get this. I wouldn’t have even known this was out if not for your post. I’ll probably go the download route though, since in total I own 3 actual CDs that I bought, everything else is burned from MP3!!!

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