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Deep Purple Made in Japan HD download codes not for non-EU versions of box set

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As some of you might be aware, Universal Music has release a fairly complete version of Deep Purple seminal live album Made in Japan - as usual, in many configurations. The uber Limited Edition Super Deluxe box set contains 3 CD's of the separate shows, a 4th CD that compiles the encores, and a DVD containing documentary and such.


Promoted with the release is that is includes an insert card containing codes for hi-res downloads of the original album (96/24).


Unfortunately, this only seems to be true for European versions of the release. Those of use who have purchased the set from Amazon or elsewhere from non-EU retailers have found no such card contained in the set. These release are distributed by Rhino/WEA, and after much work contacting them, they have confirmed that the hi-res codes are no included in non-EU versions of the box set. This, despite the downloads being visibly promoted on the box set itself.


The box set still has a lot to recommend itself, but you will have to pay extra for the hi-res tracks from sites like HD Tracks.


False advertising at its finest - and Rhino/WEA has yet to make this information public to those who might purchase this set, in part, to also obtain the HD release.


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The release has been pulled by Amazon with the following comment:



Item Under Review


While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. (Thanks for the tip!)


We're working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.


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A big of good news: Amazon will refund part of the original purchase price to cover the expense of buying the hi-res release elsewhere. Responses to buyers emails requesting credit have agreed to refunds of 30-40%.


Rhino/WEA, in the meantime, have done nothing - except admit the "mistake" in private email response, but nothing publicly to protect future buyers from not receiving what they thought they were purchasing.


Score one for Amazon - negative infinity for Rhino/WEA


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