We are entering a new age of buying music with pounds of love to spare. The folks over at Columbia Records (remember them… they actually signed hip-hop once) have released a limited edition 24-Karat gold audiophile mastering CD edition of the famed hip-hop classic Illmatic by Nas ($40). For a few dollars more, there is also a bundled LP package.
What gives this piece its substance is its custom cherrywood box and hardcover book(let) that comes with it. Now, there’s only one issue with most consumers: they have to put down their digital media players and dig up their CD players. I would hate to see a forty dollar 24K gold disc sucked into a PS3 or cd slit-feed device. I like the old school slide out tray with the pronounced eject button. May I recommend the Marantz CD5004 to allow for maximum enjoyment. This is starting to sound like a condom ad!