Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords: The Chess Box Edition
Recently, there was some talk about the mighty Wu-Tang Clan over on stephen1001’s excellent site, so I thought I’d quickly break my holiday from blogging (yet again) while it was still timely, and share a really cool (related) trinket that I have here.
The solo albums from the members of the Clan have been numerous and varied, but one of the best is Liquid Swords (1995). It’s a great listen, top to bottom.
This 2CD copy has several things going for it beyond the album proper, including: a disc of full-length instrumentals, extended artwork, liner notes from the GZA, and a complete miniature chess set in the bottom of the boxed set! The chess set is a cool touch, and the pieces even have felt on the bottoms. It is fairly tight in there, though – hard to play a game with it if you have big hands. Still, I think they really did this whole set up with thought and care, really had the fans/collectors in mind.
Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’, indeed!
* This picture is taken from Amazon’s site, as it’s far better than I could capture of my copy using my phone’s camera.