Thursday, June 01, 2006

Collectibles #8: Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium 2006

Just released in Singapore over the weekend, this limited edition box set of Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium is one hot buy. This is RHCP's ninth studio album, coming after the heels of its critically acclaimed Californication (1999) and By The Way (2001) albums.

Being a double album, the 28 songs are spread out over two discs, nicknamed Jupiter and Mars. This limited edition set contains a bonus DVD featuring the Dani California (first single) video, the making of the video, and a documentary.

You can get this at Music Junction at $59.90, HMV at $62.95 and Gramophone at $69.90, but Gramophone is currently having a 20% storewide discount for CDs (limited period only!), so it's actually the cheapest at Gramophone right now. Hurry down cos stocks are limited.

At $50+, it seems a tad pricey for this set. The marbles are quite useless and I could have done away with the spinning thingy. However, the box is nice and sturdy. But it still feels a little overpriced.

I haven't listened to the album yet, save for the lead single, which I didn't find immensely catchy or superb. On a double album, chances are that not all songs will be good. But even if there is a 60% rate of hits, that would be like 17 good songs on it. Certainly hope so.

Hope they'll be heading back to Singapore shores again, after their excellent gig back in 2002 (?). Hee, can't remember when they came, but it was damn good. For now, let's be content and savour their new songs on CD, or rather, mp3!


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