Spotted on a Japanese page as a European import a week ago, Sunken Condos by Donald Fagen is now available for pre-order in the USA and Germany on Amazon. On the US site they list it for $37.92 while the German site wants €22.99 = $29. So quite a bit cheaper in Germany.
Link to amazon.com Sunken Condos on vinyl.
Link to amazon.de Sunken Condos on vinyl.
As we noted last week the vinyl version is a two disc affair, and amazon.de has the nine tracks listed three on each side leaving the fourth side empty. Which is a shame. I would've used the extra space for something extra.
The German site also lists the release date for both CD and vinyl versions as October 12 and not October 16 like the press release and all other sources say.
UPDATE 8 September:
This link from gemm.com/SACD store have the following info on the vinyl release:
Notes: 2-LP, 180 gram clear vinyl at Record Industry in direct-to-board gatefold jacket with insert and sticker at Imprint. No track listing available.And away we went on the Internet to look for what direct-to-board means, and this page from Furnace Record Pressing helped us understand. This is a cheaper and faster way of printing a record jacket compared to the oldermethod of case-wrapped jackets. Before the printing press could print on thick paperboard stock they printed paper sheets and wrapped and glued them around thick chipboard shells. According to the Furnace page the old way is these days popular for limited/special edition/audiophile releases.
See what you can learn on the web!
So, with a gatefold sleeve there's enough room to expand the graphics from the CD booklet. Maybe even do something different/extra not on the CD? And the insert mentioned... can it be anything but the lyrics and info on who's playing on each track as well as worked on the record?
The sticker should say something like "New solo album from the voice of Steely Dan" or words to that effect.