Dave Matthews Band
iTunes LP of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
iTunes LP is the closest that digital music can come to satisfying physical music snobs. There's going to be a few of us who will never transfer over and will cry when physical product isn't available for this record or that record, but this is going to satisfy a big chunk of the music snobs out there. Dave Mathews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" is a great example to what iTunes LP has to offer.
First and foremost is the menu that you get wrapped up in with the LP- it's an immersing experience. The menu and the artwork of this particular LP is fantastic. Dave Matthews drew this stuff himself and it looks fantastic. When you press play on the music it goes through its own visualization. Yeah... pretty much awesome there. When you navigate away from the visualization you stop for a second because the music keeps playing... that's what it's supposed to do! From there you can go through the credits on the album which is kind of cool and you can go through a photo gallery as well as a slideshow of liner notes for each track with different artwork for each track.
On this LP you also get a ton of bonus songs. Live tracks, an acoustic track, all kinds of stuff. You can navigate that stuff using the track list button on the menu. There's also a big selection of video content with this album- including a great video documentary about how the band made the album and wrote the album and a music video for "Funny the Way it Is."
Every year I get obsessed with one record. I have been holding out to get obsessed with a record for something really special. Groogrux is an awesome album but who knew a new type of media was going to be the thing that won me over. Five stars- big five stars for the packaging of Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" and iTunes LP.