AYREON to Release 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set of Iconic Album “Into The Electric Castle”, Plus Earbook and Black Vinyl

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Exactly 20 years ago today, renowned dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen released his universally lauded Into the Electric Castle album, and a 20th anniversary edition of the album has just been announced by Mascot Label Group, following the release on vinyl of his two previous albums The Final Experiment and Actual Fantasy (Revisited). Original vinyl copies of Into The Electric Castle are fetching a small fortune, and it is by far one of the most requested titles for a vinyl release by Arjen‘s followers.

For this release Lucassen re-mixed the audio to 21st century standards. He made it clear that it’s a ‘remix’, not a ‘remaster’, saying “Remastering takes 2 hours, this remix took me 2 months! We start off with the collector’s item to end all collector’s items. This is one of the coolest items we have ever released: A box set of Into The Electric Castle with a 3D-sculpture of the cover, 4 CDs, 1 DVD and 3 LPs on exclusive gold marbled vinyl. The gold marbled vinyl will be only available in this box, and won’t be available separately”

The 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set will be available to pre-order between July 19 and August 6. After August 6 Mascot Label Group will print a maximum of 1500 copies, depending on the amount of pre-orders they receive. Production time will be longer than the regular vinyl and the 5-disc Earbook, therefore all who order this box set together with other items, will get their complete orders around the end of November.

The 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set contains:

  • 3D-sculpted and framed Electric Castle
  • 4 CDs: 20th Anniversary Remix + 20th Anniversary Remix Instrumentals
  • 1 DVD: 20th Anniversary 5.1 Remix + Documentaries
  • 3 LPs: Gold marbled vinyl (original 1998 mix) + Download card for the 20th Anniversary Remix
  • Certificate of authenticity, signed by Arjen

The label is also releasing another Earbook, which will fit nicely on your shelf next to the ones of The Source and Ayreon Universe. The 20th Anniversary Earbook contains:

  • Hardcover book with archive photos, lyrics and new liner notes
  • 4 CDs: 20th Anniversary Remix + 20th Anniversary Remix Instrumental Versions
  • 1 DVD: 20th Anniversary 5.1 Remix + Documentaries
  • Pre-orders are signed by Arjen

And of course, there will be the usual black vinyl edition as well:

  • Packaged in a triple gatefold
  • Three slabs of 180 gram vinyl with the audio from the original 1998 release.
  • Includes a downloadcard for a complimentary MP3 download of the new 20th Anniversary Remix
  • Pre-orders are signed by Arjen

Will you be ordering any of these? Let us know in the comments below!

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