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24 May 2007

Would you please recommend some music box sets for me to buy? [More:]I'm box set crazy lately, and looking for more of them. Thank you.
As for genres, I'll leave it pretty open (country, blues (no Blueshammer please), electronic, dub, punk, metal, leftfield/experimental - it's all good) - but feel free to steer clear of classic rock.
posted by Hellbient 24 May | 10:32
Lee Perry - Arkology
Bob Marley - Soul Revolutionaries: The Early Jamaican Albums
Fela Kuti - Highlife Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)
Johnny Cash - Unearthed
posted by box 24 May | 10:35
I've been enjoying the hell out of this one:

A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box

...which has a great DVD of videos as well as the CDs of music.

posted by BoringPostcards 24 May | 10:40
If you don't have Goodbye, Babylon, it's essential. The other box sets at Dust to Digital are also great, but that's by far the greatest.

I'd like to get the Girl Group boxset.

I'm a big Cash fan, but I'd actually recommend against Unearthed, I found it lackluster. I think the good stuff made it onto the records.

Arkology is fabulous...I stupidly leant my copy to a friend I can no longer find.
posted by omiewise 24 May | 10:43
I have Arkology and the Girl Group box set, and I have Cash - Legend, so I probably won't be getting another Cash set anytime soon. Fela Kuti looks good, as does the Goth one. Goodbye, Babylon, wow, beautiful packaging. A big plus, despite it's pricieness.
posted by Hellbient 24 May | 10:49
I want that Girl Group (One Kiss Can Lead To Lead To Another- I assume that's the one y'all mean) one, too.
posted by BoringPostcards 24 May | 10:53
Yeah, upon further reflection, Unearthed is probably best for someone who doesn't already own the original American albums.

The Supremes and Jackson Five boxes are both pretty good, if you're into the Selected as opposed to Collected kinda thing. And Mosaic Select boxes are really nice, presuming that you're a fan of the artists.
posted by box 24 May | 10:55
A few:


"The House That Trane Built: The Story Of Impulse Records"
Miles Davis: "The Cellar Door Sessions 1970"
The Miles Davis Quintet: "The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions", Albert Ayler's "Holy Ghost" is so great it makes my teeth hurt; silly expensive, tho.


"OHM+: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music" (basically a best of early electronic music + an great DVD)
Deathprod: "Deathprod" (none more black!)
"Text-Sound Compositions - A Stockholm Festival"

Post-rock (for a lack of a better description)

Tortoise: "A Lazarus Taxon"


Guided By Voices: "Hardcore UFOs"
...and the Swell Maps' box that contain all of their seven inch records.
posted by soundofsuburbia 24 May | 11:03
Ooh, and the What it Is funk/soul box looks really good.
posted by box 24 May | 11:07
See if you can find Trojan Records' "Soulful Reggae for Lovers" series. Also Proper Records' "Broke, Black, & Blue." RCA's "The Man Who Invented Soul: Sam Cooke" is four CDs of sweet clover honey. On only two CDs, not really a box set, is "Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions: The Anthology." Get it.

More to come.
posted by Hugh Janus 24 May | 11:18
Unrelatedly, here's a little something for my favorite R. Kelly fan:

R. Kelly - Sex Planet
posted by box 24 May | 11:21
Beefheart Grow Fins box set.
posted by StickyCarpet 24 May | 11:31
I second the recommendation of GbV's "Hardcore UFOs," and add their "Suitcase" box set, too. (You can usually find these used for a pretty decent price.)
posted by BoringPostcards 24 May | 11:32
I thought I'd never advise anyone else to do this in my life, but--sign up for BMG Music Service. When I was a member I got tons of boxsets through them at ridiculously cheap prices. They're practically giving them away.


Richard Pryor: ...And It's Deep, Too!
Robert Plant: Nine Lives
Miles Davis: Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965
posted by Prospero 24 May | 11:41
Motörhead: Stone Deaf Forever!
posted by Hugh Janus 24 May | 13:07
oh man, so many great suggestions here, thanks again all. Really. I'm piling up my wish list now. I wish I could just get them all. It's why I love box sets - it really lets you delve into an artist or genre which always lends to a greater understanding of them. It's like its the only band/artist/genre that matters for that listening time. Plus, they're often beautiful.

Thanks for the "Arrrr!" Kelly, box! Ignition Remix it ain't , but it's workin' on my hangover a bit. Smoove. And hilarious.
And if time allow us
we'll be gone for hours
I won't stop until I give you meateor showers

Ha! I just love that he sat down, put on his spectacles and wrote that. Hmmm, "sexual powers"...or, no, wait - "meteor showers"...yeah, got it!
posted by Hellbient 24 May | 13:16
Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music is probably my favorite.

The Music of Bill Monroe would be a close second.
posted by Otis 24 May | 13:17
I'm not too sure what you'd class as "classic rock" but "A Musical History" by The Band is awesome.
posted by TheDonF 24 May | 15:13
I need my eyes checked - I read this as "I'm bot sex crazy lately" at first. *lol*

I like the Left of the Dial box set. :)
posted by sisterhavana 24 May | 17:13
The Complete Hank Williams is really great, as is the Smithsonian Folkways collection(s). Sonic's Rendezvous just came out with a complete recordings box, and I picked up a box called Solid Gold Wiggan Casino for $10 (new!) that's pretty great, though it can be hit or miss at points.

The Miles boxes of Bitches Brew and Silent Way are really nice, with the extended sessions.

10cc needs a box set...
posted by klangklangston 25 May | 11:57
Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971. 1972-1992 isn't quite as good. Or go crazy with the Complete Motown Singles (Pitchfork Media reviews of volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5; Amazon link for Volume 6. Each volume is a box set with every Motown single and B-side from a year. There will be more volumes; they're only up to 1966.

Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974.

The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968, Volume 2 and Volume 3 (there's some overlap with the Atlantic box set).

The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books

Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music (people who know jazz better than I do could probably recommend something better)

Ray Charles, Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection

Frank Sinatra, The Capitol Years and The Reprise Collection.

Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings

Mahalia Jackson, Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns & Volume 2

I have both Sinatra sets, both Hitsville USA sets, and the Atlantic set, plus a couple of individual discs of the Ella Fitzgerald song books.
posted by kirkaracha 25 May | 14:18
Nina Simone, Anthology
posted by kirkaracha 25 May | 14:20
Anthology's the best double-disc collection, by far, but that's not nearly enough Nina Simone.

posted by box 25 May | 14:24
Heartwarming WoW story. || \m/