You are reading that correct. The double disc album from Wu-Tang Clan titled The Wu: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be available for purchase. The catch? There’s only one copy that is going to be available. A super limited edition of the album.
The handcrafted one of a kind piece will be at the hands of the buyer to do what they please with it. A sole collector may hold this artifact for his collection, a record label can buy the album to be distributed by regular channels, a good Samaritan can leak the album for fans worldwide to listen to for free. The choice is theirs.
But there’s another twist to the album’s release. It’s going on tour first.
According to RZA in his talk with FORBES, the Wu will invade art galleries, museums and festivals, let the fans pay for entrance and have them listen to the album through headphones they provide, before they sell the one copy. There’s also the possibility that it may leak online before any of this happens. The ultimate goal for this concept is to preserve the art of music albums and do restore the idea of music as art.
“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king. I know it sounds crazy. It might totally flop, and we might be completely ridiculed. But the essence and core of our ideas is to inspire creation and originality and debate, and save the music album from dying.” – RZA
Of course, this release is not in conjunction with the 20-year anniversary reunion album A Better Tomorrow. That effort impacts this Summer.