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A Road Apples Mystery

Reader Cory sent this email following the Tragically Hip’s Kingston show:

I dropped my Road Apples CD this evening, after the Kingston show, and it broke on the floor. I picked up the pieces and noticed the inside of the back cover has the title and track listing of Dark Side of the Moon printed on it, upside down. I just wondered if there was any significance to this or some kind of inside story of which not many people are aware.

Anyone? Bueller?

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2 thoughts on “A Road Apples Mystery

  • There’s sticker residue on the front of the jewel box, so I assume this was bought used.

    My guess is that someone at some point was burning their own CDs from Napster (or something early 2000s) and needed a blank back cover to print their track listing, so they used one they had on hand, which was Road Apples.

    Perhaps they had grown tired of the album, or were downsizing a collection. Either way, they eventually collected up some CDs to sell at their local used music store and since the used place wouldn’t buy any CDs missing the inserts, they popped it back in.

  • I was SR VP at Shorewood Packaging for many years. My guess is that a “make ready” sheet accidentally slipped into the production run.


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