Through the comments with Deke on my Fully Completely dilemma (which one should I buy?) yesterday, I was reminded that, somewhere in my collection, I have a different version of Day For Night. It’s a 2CD set, a 1994 release same as the original album. CD1 is the Audio Portion, and CD2 is the Enhanced Portion. This sits alongside my regular 1CD version. Yes, I own two copies. It’s OK, I’m a BIG FAN! 😉 Now, as for this 2CD set…
CD1 is just the album, same as all the others released in 1994. It’s not a remaster, as far as I can tell, at least there’s nothing to indicate such in the booklet.
CD2 is the Enhanced Portion, and the system requirements for running this are like a time capsule.* The disc is something called a HyperCD, which is supposed to automatically launch the content. On my up-to-date iMac, it did not do this. It demands that I install Netscape, Quicktime (which I already have, but the version it wants is so old it’d have dinosaur shit on it) in order to run. It’s so old, though, it won’t even work. My Mac just refuses. I have no interest in trying further to put this crap on my Mac. So I’m gonna go over to my lovely wife’s Winblows 8 laptop, see if it will work there…
Nope. It found a compatibility issue with 64-bit versions of Windows, which must mean this is a 32-bit. Anybody else remember FAT32? Oh man.
OK, so I refuse to muck up my Mac with whatever ancient thing this disc wants to try to install, and my wife’s laptop won’t even read the disc because it says it’s too old.
iTunes on my Mac doesn’t even acknowledge that there’s a disc in the drive, so there’s no audio content on the disc that iTunes recognizes. Unhelpfuly, there’s nothing in the booklet to indicate what is on the Enhanced CD.
To the internets for info about what’s even on there!
First hit from Google is HMV, which lists the CD (and only $10!) but an availability search with their largest possible radius of 5000km (all of Canada!) returned no copies. However, it does indicate, in its blurb, that it “contains regual (sic – they mean regular) audio tracks (which must mean CD1) as well as multimedia computer files, including videos for the songs “Grace, Too”, “Greasy Jungle,” “Nautical Disaster,” and “Thugs.”
Well, if those videos are what’s there, that made this is a really sweet package. In 1994 (damn, this album is 20 years old!!). Now, though, I can get all 4 of those videos for free on Youtube. I also own the Hip’s boxed set, Hipeponymous, where 1 of its 4 discs contains all of their previous videos. But the word “including” there makes me wonder if there’s anything else on the disc. It doesn’t say for sure there is, but it also doesn’t say there isn’t. I guess I’ll never know, unless more info turns up elsewhere.
So. This is a neat curio, if nothing else. I have no idea as to its value, as Discogs doesn’t even list it as a release, and Googling it doesn’t turn up much of use. It’s Universal 0121535592, if that helps anyone else looking further into this release.
Whatever the case, Day For Night is a beautiful record, long live the Tragically Hip!
Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
(they included Netscape Navigator 4.08 and Quicktime 3.0 on the disc).
PowerPC 166 MHz Mac or Mac compatible running Mac OS 7.5.3 or later.
14.4 kbps modem or faster
monitor with a minimum setting of thousands of colours and 640×480 screen resolution
a minimum of 16 MB of available memory, 32 MB recommended
4x or faster multi-session enabled CD-ROM drive
It mentions that after you’ve installed all that it needs and rebooted, it will automatically initiate the dial-up to my local ISP. Yes, you read that correctly. DIAL-UP!