The Music Box Sets Of 2022: Part 1

Box Sets!!! 3 CDs. 4CDs. 5CDs. 6CDs. 7CDs. 8CDs… 8CDs!!

Everything from overviews of Black Music, to British pop, to the avant-garde, to live collection’s, Psychedelica, artist overviews, classic album reissues, and back again.

But they’re all so expensive! The dollar is terrible. And now you get taxed for everything you want to buy on Amazon that your local Record Store doesn’t have. Assuming you even have a local Record Store! It doesn’t seem fair..

But don’t worry!!! We buy these, so you don’t have to…

Against the odds : 1974-1982 / Blondie
“From the first-ever authorized archival release in Blondie’s history, this 8 CD edition features their first 6 studio albums, and the majority of the outtakes and rarities taken from the Super Deluxe Collector’s Vinyl Edition. Remastered from the original analog tapes, with an 128-page book”. (Adapted from


Yankee hotel foxtrot [deluxe] / Wilco
“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was widely acclaimed as one of 2002’s best albums and also was featured in multiple decade-end lists, with Rolling Stone naming it #3 Album of the 2000s. This 8 CD Super Deluxe Edition of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco’s 2002 Nonesuch debut, comprises the original album, remastered for it’s 20th anniversary in 2022, plus 84 previously unreleased tracks. (Adapted from

Revolver [super deluxe] / Beatles
“This Special Edition of The Beatles’ REVOLVER features a new mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus the original mono mix, a 4-track EP, 28 session takes and home demos, a 100-page book with a foreword by Paul McCartney, detailed track notes, photos and ephemera…” (Adapted from

Divine symmetry : the journey to Hunky dory / Bowie, David
“DIVINE SYMMETRY is a 4 CD+1 Blu-Ray book. It will feature demos, new alternative mixes by original co-producer Ken Scott, the early mixes, a legendary live show from September 1971, a BBC Session and BBC In Concert from 1971 all on CD. The Blu-Ray features the definitive 2015 remaster of the original Hunky Dory album and an alternative journey through the album…”. (Adapted from

At the BBC / Jansch, Bert
“Bert At the BBC is a comprehensive collection of Jansch’s appearances at the BBC, featuring over eight hours of rare and unreleased recordings, including live-on-air spots, studio sessions. This 8xCD set, housed in a coffee-table book set with a lavish 40-page book tracing the recordings from Bert’s earliest moments at the BBC…” (Adapted from

B-sides, demos & rarities / Harvey, P. J.
“59-track collection of B-sides, demos and rarities from the PJ Harvey catalog, spanning three decades. Most of the tracks are currently unavailable physically or digitally with 14 previously unreleased. Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer, John Parish. Artwork overseen by Maria Mochnacz with Rob Crane and featuring previously unseen archive photography. This 3 CD set includes a 12-page booklet”. (Adapted from

Wish / Cure
This deluxe 45 track edition features 24 previously unreleased tracks & 4 new to CD tracks across three discs. CD2 features 21 previously unreleased demos, including four studio vocal demos from 1990 and seventeen instrumental demos from 1991. CD3 features the four tracks from the mail-order only cassette ‘Lost Wishes’ released in 1993, which have never appeared on CD or digitally, along with some unreleased mixes and 12 inch and live tracks”. (Adapted from

[1970s] / Fall (Musical group)
“This 12 CD Box Set as with the other Fall re-issues has been compiled in conjunction with Fall expert Conway Paton and has notes by Fall guru Daryl Easlea. Mastered by long time engineer Andy Pearce with art by Becky Stewart. The Fall’s 70s box set combines all of the band’s work in that decade…” (Adapted from Amazon)

The rock box 1973-1979 : the complete recordings / Quatro, Suzi
“Suzi Quatro is a legend and icon of feminism in what was a male dominated genre at the time in the 1970s. Over the course of her 50-year career, she has sold over 50 million records. This 8 disc box set covers her 6 studio albums and a live album from 1973 to 1979, along with a DVD and a 56 page booklet with exclusive personal recollections…”. (Adapted from

The very best of The Beach Boys : sounds of summer [expanded edition] / Beach Boys
“Originally released in 2003 with 30 tracks, UMe is updating and reissuing the classic Sounds Of Summer compilation. The Expanded Edition features 80 key tracks over the course of their storied career, all newly remastered, with 24 new mixes including 2 first-time stereo mixes, and 22 new-and-improved stereo mixes…” (Adapted from

50 / Neu!
“NEU!, the legendary Krautrock duo of Michael Rother and the late Klaus Dinger, celebrate the 50th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with the NEU! 50! box set, out September 23rd via Grönland, and a NEU! picture disc and cassette, out June 17th. NEU! 50! includes albums NEU!, NEU! 2!, and NEU! 75, plus the brand new NEU! Tribute Album, a NEU! stencil and booklet. The Tribute Album features reworkings by The National, Idles, Man Man, Mogwai, Guerilla Toss, Alexis Taylor, and more…” (Adapted from

Waiting for Columbus : live deluxe / Little Feat
“With their 1978 double concert album, Little Feat staked their claim as one of the premier live bands of the 1970s. Recorded over a series of dates in London and Washington, D.C. over the summer of 1977, ‘Waiting for Columbus’ vividly captures the L.A. sextet at a crossroads between its swampy mid-70’s fusion of blues, country, jazz and New Orleans R&B. This 8CD super deluxe edition comprises the original album remastered across CDs 1 and 2 with the remaining 6 discs comprising 3 previously unreleased in full live shows from the original run of live recordings…” (Adapted from

That’s what happened, 1982-1985 : the bootleg series vol. 7 / Davis, Miles
“That’s What Happened 1982-1985: Bootleg Volume 7 is the next installment in the celebrated, award-winning archival series that began in 2011. The set collects nearly 4 hours of unreleased music including 2 CDs of studio material from 1982 to 1985 plus another CD containing a complete, blistering show of one of Miles’ last amazing bands captured live at the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal in July 1983…” (Adapted from

Am I groovin’ you : the Pye anthology / Foundations (Musical group)
“3CD set containing much-loved UK soul act The Foundations’ recordings for Pye including the hits, ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ (UK #1, US #11), ‘Back On My Feet Again’ (UK #18), ‘Any Old Time (You’re Lonely And Sad)’ (UK #48), ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ (UK #2, US #3), ‘In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)’ (UK #8) and more, plus A and B sides of The Foundations’ Pye singles, Clem Curtis solo recordings and rarities…” (Adapted from

Life moves pretty fast : the John Hughes mixtapes
“Demon Music group in conjunction with the Hughes family are proud to present the first official compilation of music from the movies of legendary filmmaker John Hughes, covering the classic eighties period from 1983-1989, ina 4CD set. For anyone growing up in the 1980s, the films of John Hughes are some of the most iconic of the decade and have created a lasting cultural impact still felt and referenced across TV, film and music…” (Adapted from

Too-rye-ay as it should have sounded / Dexys Midnight Runners
“To tie in with the 40th anniversary of the multi-platinum selling album, we present ‘Too-Rye-Ay, as it should have sounded’. Kevin Rowland was never happy with the final mix of the album, despite its huge commercial success. So with Helen O’Hara, and Pete Schwier they decided to mix it again. In recent interviews Kevin has stated: ‘The songs and performances are great, but I always felt the mixes could be better. It’s my most successful album, but it doesn’t sound as good as the others… This is the director’s cut and it’s how it should have sounded’…” (Adapted from

Come away with me [deluxe] / Jones, Norah
“Norah Jones’s debut, Come Away With Me, became a global phenomenon reaching #1 in 20 countries, selling nearly 30 million copies, and sweeping the 2003 GRAMMY Awards. The 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition captures the emergence of a singular talent and the full story of the making of this classic album. Featuring the original album remastered, plus 22 previously unreleased tracks, including early demos and an unheard first version of the album…”. (Adapted from

David Hepworth : deep 70s : underrated cuts from a misunderstood decade
“David Hepworth has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about music since the 70s. He was involved in the launch and editing of Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word. David explains his thoughts when putting this 71-track compilation together: ‘The seventies were a grubby but glorious time for records. Many of those records never sullied a chart. Nor are they served up by the algorithms which rule retro radio today. These four CDs correct that oversight. more occurred between 1971 and 1979 than in any period of music before or since…’ “. Reviewed by Library Staff here. (Adapted from

Neil Young official release series : discs 13, 14, 20 & 21 / Young, Neil
“This box set continues the chronological re-releasing of Neil Young’s official releases, remastered where analog tapes exist. Volume 4, released as a 4 LP box and 4 CD box, includes Hawks & Doves from 1980 (ORS 13), Re*Ac*Tor (with Crazy Horse) from 1981 (ORS 14), This Notes for You from 1988 (ORS 20), and Eldorado from 1989 (ORS 21). These albums bookend the period 1982-1987 when Neil recorded for Geffen Records, hence the non-sequential ORS numbers…” (Adapted from

Gather up / Berry, Matt
“Gather Up is a career spanning collection from Matt Berry. Gather Up Volumes 1 and 2 pull together a 21-track career spanning selection expertly curated by Berry. Volume three is a selection of rare and never heard before outtakes. Volume four comprises demo recordings of some songs which did, and did not, evolve into the Phantom Birds album and Volume 5 features five songs recorded over three festivals in 2015. The limited CD version features 4 CDs and a 24-page hardback book…” (Adapted from

King Scratch : musical masterpieces from the Upsetter ark-ive / Perry, Lee
“Arguably the greatest Jamaican record producer of all time, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was instrumental in transforming the island’s national sound throughout the sixties and seventies, with his unique approach to music making pushing the music beyond previously perceived boundaries. To mark the first anniversary of his passing, this deluxe box set comprises four vinyl LPs and four CD sets featuring his best known and most influential recordings including a previously unreleased mix of Junior Murvin’s powerful ‘Police and Thieves’, UK chart-buster ‘Hurt So Good’ by Susan Cadogan and the Upsetters’ boss reggae classic ‘Return of Django’, as well as numerous major Jamaican hits…” (Adapted from

This exclusive Record Store Day Limited Edition Box Set brings together alternative takes on five Fleetwood Mac albums: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, Tango In The Night and Fleetwood Mac Live…

“Following the success of the three-disc compilation, ‘The Sun Shines Here’ (which documented the roots of Indie Pop from 1980-84), the prequel to C86, C85 combines “name” bands with many obscurities making their debut on CD. C85 bridges the gap between The Sun Shines Here and C86, opening with undoubtedly the most vital British breakthrough band of that year in The Jesus & Mary Chain and closing with the debut from a band who’d have to wait several years for their chance, The Stone Roses. Along the way, we hear many key records…” (Adapted from

Old friend : the deluxe collection (1976-1998) / Hyman, Phyllis
“Nine CD set. SoulMusic Records presents the first-ever box set of the music of the late Phyllis Hyman, who created a wonderful legacy of recordings over close to twenty-years. Creatively traversing the soul/R&B and jazz genres from the mid-’70s until her passing in the mid-’90s, with her instantly recognizable and distinctive vocal style, Phyllis developed a solid cadre of discerning music buyers with albums for Buddah, Arista and Philadelphia International Records, collated here along with a number of bonus tracks and guest appearances…”. (Adapted from

Gotta get a good thing goin’ : black music in Britain in the sixties
“Gotta Get A Good Thing Goin’ is the first box set to document the huge influence of Black music in Britain in the 1960s. With 115 tracks, the deluxe ‘long form’ box set includes sleevenotes including an essay from Fitzroy Facey (Soul Survivors). The first two discs of ‘Gotta Get A Good Thing Goin’ document the explosion of homegrown Soul and Rhythm and Blues which reflected the growing success of labels such as Motown and Stax/ Atlantic, which spearheaded the plethora of Black music emanating from the States. Disc 3 is devoted to the homespun Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae, & Disc 4 reflects a wider range of styles including choice selections from many stars of their day…” (Adapted from

“Having successfully crossed over from the bedsit to the mainstream throughout 1989 and 1990, independent artists quickly began to dominate the British musical landscape, bringing an authentic new energy to a stagnant, Thatcherite pop scene. ‘C91’ is a snapshot of that time and place, bringing together the cream of the 1991 independent landscape and offering a rollercoaster of hits, near-misses and curiosities along the way. With thoughtful sleevenotes from Lois Wilson (Record Collector and MOJO) the sixth in the series – continues a journey begun with ‘C86’, charting an essential, alternative view of the British music scene… (Adapted from

Notes from the underground : radical music of the twentieth century
“Four CD set. Unveiled to the public, these works created a scandal that polarized audiences and sparked furious debate, bordering on serious public disorder. Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem ‘Howl’, Miles Davis’ Third Stream interpretation of Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, and ballet music for ‘Parade’, composed by Erik Satie, even entered dangerous legal territory. Some, among them, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Coltrane, Pierre Boulez, Bill Evans, Ravi Shankar, Pierre Schaeffer, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy and Charles Ives, were real crusaders; innovators whose concerted musical explorations enabled them to acquire a deeper understanding of their art that would enable them to attain hitherto unknown creative heights…” (Adapted from

Heroes and villains : the sound of Los Angeles 1965-68
“A four-hour, 90-track overview of the Los Angeles music scene between 1965 and 1968, featuring a dazzling combination of major league LA players, enduring cult acts and ultra-rare garage punk 45s. After The Beatles captivated a generation with their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Los Angeles music scene moved beyond the previously-dominant surf, hot-rod and girl group discs to fashion a spirited response to the British Invasion. With such names as The Byrds, Sonny And Cher and the increasingly ambitious Brian Wilson leading the charge as LA established itself in 1965 as America’s leading music city…” (Adapted from