The Union Buyers Guide: Four Versions & Counting

So far, it appears that there are four formats of The Union.

The following is a rundown with the lowest prices I have seen so far.

Standard 14-track U.S. CD in Jewel Case
Prices starting at $9.99 and up

1.     If It Wasn’t For Bad
2.     Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
3.     Hey Ahab
4.     Gone To Shilo
5.     Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
6.     There’s No Tomorrow
7.     Monkey Suit
8.     The Best Part Of The Day
9.     A Dream Come True
10. When Love Is Dying
11. I Should Have Sent Roses
12. Hearts Have Turned To Stone
13. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
14. The Hands Of Angels

Standard 14-track U.S. CD in Digipak
Available at Starbucks, same track listing as jewel case version
Price $14.99

Deluxe CD plus six-minute “Making of” DVD by Cameron Crowe
Pricing starting at $16.99 and up

1.     If It Wasn’t For Bad
2.     Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
3.     Hey Ahab
4.     Gone To Shiloh
5.     Hearts Have Turned To Stone
6.     Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
7.     There’s No Tomorrow
8.     Monkey Suit
9.     The Best Part Of The Day
10. A Dream Come True
11. I Should Have Sent Roses
12. When Love Is Dying
13. My Kind Of Hell
14. Mandalay Again
15. Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
16. In The Hands Of Angels

Two Disc Vinyl LP Set
Prices starting at $29.99 and up

Side 1
1.     If It Wasn’t for Bad
2.     Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes
3.     Hey Ahab
4.     Gone to Shiloh

Side 2
1.     Hearts Have Turned to Stone
2.     Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
3.     There’s No Tomorrow
4.     Monkey Suit

Side 3

1.     The Best Part of the Day
2.     A Dream Come True
3.     I Should Have Sent Roses
4.     When Love is Dying

Side 4
1.     My Kind of Hell
2.     Mandalay Again
3.     Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)
4.     In the Hands of Angels

I’ve not yet seen the UK and European version.  I recommend the Deluxe CD + DVD.  The two “bonus tracks” are truly first rate and of the same high quality as the rest of the album.  Some bookstore outlets like Borders and Barnes & Noble have prices approaching $25 for the “deluxe” version, but using coupons, you can get the price down to about $15.

Thank you in advance for offering your own hints on pricing for these discs and, of course, making us aware of other versions out there.

About Jim McKay

Jim has sat in the "The 22nd Row" since June 23, 1992, as an experiment in the University of Illinois' Hypermedia Lab.
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