Tool 10000 days

While the cover itself is not amazing, it’s what Tool have done with the packaging that makes it worth a mention. What better way to make a generation of people who download music to buy your CD than to make an awesome digi pack.

Tool raised the bar with digipacks by including a set of stereoscope glasses to view the accompanying artwork all painted by artist Alex Grey, who provided the artwork for Tool’s previous album Lateralus.

Tool flickr 10000 days 1

As no record company wants to do anything that could potentially get them sued the digipack also came with a large disclaimer warning people about the use of the glasses.

Tool disclaimer

Attribution: Photos from this article taken from the Flickr accounts of Eyeh8u & Dogmatic.

Tool: 10,000 Days

Tool 10000 days

While the cover itself is not amazing, it’s what Tool have done with the packaging that makes it worth a mention. What better way to make a generation of people who download music to buy your CD than to make an awesome digi pack.

Tool raised the bar with digipacks by including a set of stereoscope glasses to view the accompanying artwork all painted by artist Alex Grey, who provided the artwork for Tool’s previous album Lateralus.

Tool flickr 10000 days 1

As no record company wants to do anything that could potentially get them sued the digipack also came with a large disclaimer warning people about the use of the glasses.

Tool disclaimer

Attribution: Photos from this article taken from the Flickr accounts of Eyeh8u & Dogmatic.





15 Comments

  1. Bright Eyes’ recent release “Cassadaga” did a similar thing, providing buyers with a visor to place over the packaging to see hidden drawings and messages.

  2. You can see some progress work at http://alexgrey.com it’s in the archive section under tool.

    and some of the 3d work at http://www.3dartspace.com/ in the galleries section

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  4. The cover is not amazing?????? lol. your out of your mind.

  5. I don’t use the word amazing lightly :)

    The cover for me is only a small part of the appeal. its the glasses case thats amazing to me.

    I still like the cover it’s just being dwarfed by the totally awesome packaging idea.

  6. apart from the lovely alex grey image that you have shown in your photo, i was disappointed with the quality of the 3d images in this package.

    and it’s a shame the print quality of the stereoscopic images was so low. the look really cheap – the dots-per-inch should have been much higher.

    also, most of the images (especially the photos) are pretty boring. the artwork for lateralus was much better, imho.

    additionally (i will stop moaning in a minute!), the flap makes the digipack hard to store, as it won’t lay flat.

    A+ for effort, but C- for the finished product.

    harsh but fair ;P

  7. Completely agree with ^chris. Also not only is it hard to get the actual CD in and out, there is a staple right in front of the sleeve so you scratch the shit out of the underside of your CD in the process.

  8. I bought this CD and there was no CD in it!

    WTF??!!

  9. premo on acid

  10. “additionally (i will stop moaning in a minute!), the flap makes the digipack hard to store, as it won’t lay flat.”

    yeah, this seemed to be really retarded. the dvd for Vicarious has a similar stereoscopic theme, though i think it is done much nicer. it actually folds flat(ter), and the images to be viewed are actually loose and meant to be placed in a holding slot inside. also, fyi, the stereoscopic images in the album are supposed to have some sort of secret message or puzzle to be solved, a norm for anything touched by maynard.

  11. i bought the cd in a music store and thought it was a grate deal since it cost me 7 dollars….i listen to the cd…and i was blown away…. i search for tool in itunes just ofr fun and then serach a perfect circle and in the comments it explain why tool dosnt let itunes sell there cds there…since the artwork is amazing…but i was confused since i only got a 2 paper booklet…the cover said 10000 days twice…and the cd it wasnt that amazing looking…so i search for the artwork in internt and got this and the artwork seems amazing…but why did my cd is like that? the paper printing is all chip…im going tomorrow to see whats happening because here in colombia they sometime sell you fake cds! or is it like that sometimes?

  12. I find it amazing that out of 50 covers, we all Love Tool. I am guessign that most people here are designers or developers. Tool has gotten me through some pretty tough and long nights designing…

    I do want to point out that on the zappa album – a Keel is the under “fin” of a boat – the drawing is of the Bow and a sinking withch – just clarifying here…

    Rock on, and cool post. I have a few books of album art and i find it really amazing…

  13. The cover IS amazing. If you knew the history of the head, it’s pretty insane how it works.

  14. Very nice album cover.

  15. I really love the multiple images from the same shapes effect. It ‘moves me’.

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