Box sets that didn't disappoint

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by redeemer, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. KipB

    KipB Forum Resident

    Bethel, CT, USA
    The Complete In a Silent Way sessions (Miles Davis) is one that gets a lot of play from me and then the new Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air is just crazy good.
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  2. Muddy

    Muddy Forum Resident

    New York

    All bootlegs?
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  3. HoundsOBurkittsville

    HoundsOBurkittsville Deep Wine List Sonic Equivalency

    Columbus, Ohio
    BIG STAR Keep an Eye on the Sky
  4. Kristofa

    Kristofa I dream of wires

    Eugene, Oregon
    Various - "Best Of Broadside" on Smithsonian Folkways is a great set and probably my favorite box set I own.

    Followed by the "Wallander" TV/film music box set by Flesh Quartet. It is limited run of 3 x 10" vinyl with an included CD. I adore it.

    I also like the Black Sabbath vinyl replica box that came out on Castle.

    Billy Bragg "Volume 1" is really nice, and I wish I could afford "Volume 2"!

    Neil Diamond - "In My Lifetime" is cool too.

    The "Swing Tanzen Verboten!" box on the Proper label is a real treat.

    And I have about eight of the Trojan 3-CD box sets... Not a dud among them!
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  5. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    ah, there are so many! BFR Dean Martin are golden!
  6. RandyP

    RandyP Forum Resident

    I agree with many of the choices above. Here are my comments.

    Dylan - Biograph. The first box set I ever bought and one of the first by a major artist. Hits, rarities, etc. I was just getting into Dylan at the time and it was a revelation. It may pale in comparison to what has come out of his archives since (especially Big Blue) but, remember, in 1985, this was a godsend to people like me who wanted to discover more about an artist. That led me to...

    Dylan - Ten of Swords. I have written in the past about this and maybe it's not fair to even list it since it's unofficial, but, combined with Biograph, I "thought" I was a Dylan expert overnight. Boy, was I wrong. I hadn't even scratched the surface.

    Beach Boys - Good Vibrations box set. Like Biograph, this spurred me to collect the rest of their catalog.
    Beach Boys - Pet Sounds box and Smile Sessions box. Essential for obsessives like me.
    Beach Boys - Made in California. I was thinking this would be a let down, and maybe it was to some, but I liked it. I can't comment on sound quality and which particular remixed versions of the hits were chosen, but I thought there were enough rarities included to make it worthwhile.

    Burt Bacharach - The Look of Love. Bought this at the height of my Bacharach fix. 75 tracks don't begin to do the man justice, but it included such minor gems as "The Last One to Be Loved," (Lou Johnson) "Fool Killer," (Gene Pitney) and "Take a Broken Heart" (Rick Nelson), among the well known hits. The Anyone Who Had a Heart box set a few years back included more rarities but I still find myself going back to this one when I want to hear a wide range of his music.
  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    when I first got TOS I was blown away by the Desolation Row outtake! and some of the acoustic stuff sounded pristine! great set for the times...bested these days.
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  8. J Vanarsdale

    J Vanarsdale Forum Resident

    No, just the first 2, the Zappa boxes were his official releases of the old boots, awesome stuff... and came with a t-shirt
  9. Smack

    Smack Well-Known Member

    South Bend, IN
    Rod - Storyteller
    Dylan - Biograph
  10. markp

    markp I am always thinking about Jazz.

    Miles Davis - all the "complete" box sets from Columbia, especially Mosaic vinyl versions
    Thelonious Monk - Complete Riverside Recordings
    Dylan mono vinyl
    Beatles Mono vinyl
    Tom petty Live anthology
    Art Pepper-complete Galaxy Recordings
    Motown #1 singles
    Aretha - queen of soul
    Coltrane-complete Atlantic

    This music I listen to over and over
  11. Matthew Tate

    Matthew Tate Forum Resident

    Richmond, Virginia
    most of the ones I would name are on here so i'll name one that isn't
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  12. Matthew Tate

    Matthew Tate Forum Resident

    Richmond, Virginia

    only issue I have with that set is its missing "it rained all night". a b-side from the hey stooped era that is semi hard to get
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  13. Gavinyl

    Gavinyl In And Around The Lake Resident

    Beatles Mono vinyl
    Fela vinyl box sets x3
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  14. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    All the Bill Evans boxes, the John Coltrane releases on Concord, all the Miles Davis boxes, Grateful Dead Spring 90 and Spring 90 TOO, 30 Trips, Europe 72, Fillmore West 69,Winterland 73, 77. Complete Monteux, Reiner, Stravinsky, Wiener Philharmoniker Decca box, all the Decca Sound classical boxes, the Philips Sound, Furtwangler box, RCA Living Stereo boxes, Rubenstein and Horowitz boxes, Ozawa Philips years, the Berlin Phil box. Just to name a few. Oh -and the big King Crimson boxes-Starless, Larks, Road to Red, etc. And don't forget that Jerry Garcia studio album set "All Good Things" with many extras from each period.
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  15. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

    Tampa, FL
    Surprised that we're 7 pages in and nobody mentioned this one, which is the first box set I ever bought although I got rid of it long, long ago. I believe it was because I had it on cassette and was moving into the world of CD:

  16. trebori

    trebori Forum Resident

    Rochester, NY
    Wow! Never knew this existed. When did you buy it. I presume it was pricy? Is it the complete run of the Black Jazz label. Any extras? While I didn't like everything this label put out, it looks like a really nice set.
  17. TheLazenby

    TheLazenby Forum Resident

    Definitely the recent "Complete Simon and Garfunkel" boxed set. I just got into S&G and wanted everything in one swoop, so there you go. :)

    Well, okay, I didn't get everything (the bonus tracks aren't included in that, which is strange..... the lack of Tom and Jerry is understandable!!), but it's nice to have!
  18. Solitaire1

    Solitaire1 Carpenters Fan

    Thank You For The Music by ABBA: In addition to inclusion of many great tracks (such as Crazy World and Should I Laugh Or Cry) which were only released as B-Sides, the fourth CD in the set contains previous unreleased tracks including a medley called ABBA Undeleted which features a collection of unfinished tracks that are arranged as continuous medley (including part of the song Just Like That which was to be part of what was going to be ABBA's tenth album).
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  19. chumlie

    chumlie Forum Resident

    Was thinking same thing. Must be talking about the vinyl set.
  20. weekendtoy

    weekendtoy Rejecting your reality and substituting my own.

    Northern MN
    I really like Aerosmith: Pandoras' Box because it focuses on their best and most creative years with Columbia records '72-'82.
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  21. Matthew Tate

    Matthew Tate Forum Resident

    Richmond, Virginia
    I have that and box of fire
  22. lucan_g

    lucan_g Forum Resident

    Jethro Tull -- 20th Anniversay

    Bought on CD and vinyl it was so good. While most of the tracks are now the time it was mind-blowing in what it revealed. Still is fantastic.

    (Native North American Vol 1 is my most recent GREAT box set discovery...)
  23. IanM007

    IanM007 Forum Resident

    Shrewsbury, UK
    Beatles in Mono
    Velvets 'What Goes On' (at the time!)
    Jam 'Creation...'
    B Boys 'Pet Sounds Sessions'
  24. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Found a n/m lp box a few months at the thrift for 5 bucks, still yet to give them a spin, thanks for the reminder :cheers:
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  25. jiffypopinski

    jiffypopinski Forum Resident

    West Virginia
    I got it around 2012 I believe on ebay. I can't remember the exact price I paid but I don't recall it being too bad for a 20 disc set. It didn't come with any extras except a little booklet in Japanese and yes it is the complete catalog of the label. At the time I got it the individual discs were hard to find and I wanted all of the label's output so this was a great value for me but since the titles have been reissued there's really no need for such a box... especially if you're not down with all the albums.
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