Yes, we know mention of Christmas will strike some of you as premature, but October is already knocking. They’ve definitely been talking Xmas at the record labels, eagerly planning to try to take serious shekels from your bank account by getting you to shell out for expensive CD and vinyl box sets, either as gifts or for your own collection.
With that in mind, here are some of the ones we came across, ranging from the sublime to near-ridiculous, depending on your viewpoint. Hopefully this is a turkey-free list.
Some of the most legendary and important names in rock are represented, along with lesser-knowns who presumably have enough dedicated and completist fans to justify the releases. Know anyone salivating for the 17CD+2xDVD or 10LP box set version of Dead Or Alive‘s Sophisticated Boom Box ? Me neither.
Bob Dylan - The 1966 Live Recordings. As previously mentioned in FYI, a mammoth 36CD compilation, representing his controversial move into electric. Available here
Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965–1972 is nearly as extensive, clocking in at 27CDs exploring the influential early work of the psych/prog rock pioneers. Available here:
David Bowie- Who Can I Be Now? (1974 to 1976) 12CD Box set. Here
Led Zeppelin- The Complete BBC Sessions (3CD) Here
Oasis - Be Here Now (Remastered 3CD Deluxe Edition Here
King Crimson- On The Road: 1981-1984 A 19CD set. Available here
The Rolling Stones in Mono (15 CD Box Set). Available here
Black Sabbath – Paranoid -Super Deluxe edition. A fourCD set. Available here:
Frank Zappa: Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object (3CD). Available here:
R.E.M.: Out Of Time (25th Anniversary Edition - 3CD Set + 1 Blu-ray). Here
Bob Marley and The Wailers - The Island Years: 11 vinyl album set. Here
Big Star - Complete Third Three CDs. Here
George Strait - Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 Three-disc, 56-track collection. Only available at Walmart
Crowded House. The antipodean hitmakers wili reissue all their albums in November, as two-CD deluxe editions with unreleased bonus tracks and enhanced packaging. New album-only vinyl LPs will also be issued. Info here
Harmonium -L’Heptade is to have its re-release on November 18. 2016. digital, 2CD, 2CD+DVD deluxe, DVD, vinyl, and super deluxe box. Info here
Kate Bush- Before the Dawn: Live 3CD and 4LP sets. Here
Queen - On Air Archive radio sessions issued for the first time on CD and vinyl. A 6CD set. Here
Tim Buckley - Wings: The Complete Singles 1966–1974. Released Nov. 18. Info here
NRBQ - High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective A 5CD set. Info here: