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Musicians who desperately need a comprehensive box set

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Crestfallen, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    I’m curious if there were ever a comprehensive Mazzy Star collection (maybe not a full on box, but a thorough retrospective), if it would include Opal as that band is pretty much what morphed into MS.
  2. MarkTWIC

    MarkTWIC Forum Resident

    It came to me in another thread today. "Sonny Boy Williamson II". I own a lot of his material but it took a long time to collect as it's scattered all over the place. There isn't even a box set of all his work with Chess Records. There was a Charly records "Sonny Boy Williamson, the Chess Years" box set but there was something wrong with the permission they got and it was withdrawn. Sonny Boy was recorded a lot in his final years in Europe. It would be a true labour of love to put a comprehensive box set together and maybe the time when it was at all possible to justify the expense has gone. He's an artist that's stayed with me since my teenage years. A one off, a true great.
  3. Jon-A

    Jon-A Forum Resident

    Madison, WI
    The White Stripes? It would be easy, and obvious. Studio albums plus outtakes/singles...throw in a couple of well-recorded live shows...

    Jackie McLean on Blue Note. As leader and sideman...would run to 15-20 cds.

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk - The Atlantic Years. There were plans for this at one point...
  4. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

    Collingswood, NJ
  5. ranasakawa

    ranasakawa Forum Resident

    George Harrison

    Eric Burdon
  6. SmallDarkCloud

    SmallDarkCloud Forum Resident

    A few years ago, Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne compiled a wonderful two-disc compilation of Campbell's Capitol years, for EMI's UK division (though I found a copy over here easily). Not as comprehensive as a box would be, but Stanley picked excellent, relatively overlooked album tracks and b-sides along with the hit singles, and "Guess I'm Dumb" is on it, too. The set is as good as Stanley's compilations for Ace Records.
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  7. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Lou Donaldson - steadily working since 1950 and still going. Played with T. Monk, on the original of Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove", with Clifford Brown, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lonnie Smith, others before being a mainstay of Blue Note as a leader (there's still some unissued from the '70s), also recorded for Chess and others. A chronology would be interesting, but something more conceptual might be more so.
  8. kevimetal

    kevimetal Forum Resident

    Exeter, UK
    Two of my 4AD faves come to mind:

    Wolfgang Press
    Xmal Deutschland
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  9. efraley

    efraley Forum Resident

    Richmond Va USA
    Good idea. I forgot that Seven is now out of print. I'm glad that I have a CD.
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  10. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I like the REM suggestion, but where are they going to get those original tapes from?
  11. Michael

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

    I can dig:
    Bee Gees
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  12. Michael

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

    what happened to them?
  13. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Threads been done before. But.
    Top of the list has to be
    Otis Rush
    And then
    Van Morrison

    Steve Earle ranks.
    Like the Renaissance rec. Would add Strawbs....
    A good comprehensive Tom Waits.

    And finally.. a good Rolling Stones 60s set with good stereo versions of definitive tracks, backing tracks, authoritative booklet, color pix....
    (And leave the gorilla and tongue at home.... )
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  14. Cookie!

    Cookie! Forum Resident

    FL, USA
    Brian Wilson solo. A lot of unreleased material (e.g. Sweet Insanity, Andy Paley sessions) could be intertwined with album selections and other previously released tracks.
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  15. trebori

    trebori Forum Resident

    Rochester, NY
    Gene Pitney - I'm genuinely surprised there hasn't been one. He was with one label for most of his career (Musicor). He had a large number hits. I haven't heard any of his albums but I'm willing to bet there are some deep cuts that would be worth anthologizing. He wrote several hits for others. It would be interesting to hear if there were any demos. He even had a big late hit (1989?) in the U.K. with Marc Almond that was a revamp of a previous hit (Something' Got A Hold Of My Heart).

    Bear Family would do this right. I'm sure there would be quite a few fans who'd be interested. But what's the problem?
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  16. munjeet

    munjeet Forum Resident

    Sure, we’ve done this before... but it’s still a fun game.

    Seconding the already mentioned Ween - early years, 4-track stuff, demos, outtakes, etc... Even if live material was excluded, this would be a huge set, potentially.

    Also seconding the already-mentioned Spacemen 3. Not sure how much exists that isn’t already issued (band-sanctioned or otherwise) though.

    Beck. Especially the early cassette releases. B-sides, collaborations, remixes. Another potentially massive set that has enormous potential. Well-mastered, please. I fear that the masters and/or session recordings from the DGC era may’ve been lost in the Universal fire. It’s not inconceivable that the masters for the earlier indie-label stuff were there also. Just speculation, of course, and I hope I’m wrong.

    Spiritualized - there is a ton of high-quality material. Just the collected B-sides, demos, stray officially-released live recordings & various remixes could make a huge (and amazing) set. Not sure that Spaceman is too interested in doing it though, and there are multiple record labels that would have to cooperate.

    Even more unlikely to happen: The Yardbirds. Include whatever unreleased material was in Giorgio Gomelsky’s rumored tape stash, take all the pre 1966 material from best existing sources, finally release Roger The Engineer with a nice mastering, and include the Jimmy Page era also. Too much to ask? Yep. One of the most influential bands, but one that’s always been given less-than-ideal presentation.
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  17. Son of Ziggy

    Son of Ziggy Forum Resident

    Queensryche, but only the original band. I guess they aren’t popular enough though.
  18. John Fell

    John Fell Forum Survivor

  19. bloodisthin

    bloodisthin And after all, we're only ordinary men

    American Music Club. So much of their catalogue is languishing in the out-of-print file; the unavailability of Engine, United Kingdom and California is a gaping hole in the music world.

    I believe drummer Tom Mallon owned the copyright to the first four AMC albums, but he died in 2014, so now who knows...
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  20. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Forum Resident

    yes!! Amazing how little known he is given what an amazing talent he was.....
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  21. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Forum Resident

    John Cale
  22. citizensmurf

    citizensmurf Ain't but the one way.

    Well comprehensive doesn't have to mean complete. A good overview box of the LPDs career would be great, though I've been making my way through some Spotify playlists and it's holding me over.
  23. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen

    The various permutations of P-Funk
  24. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Forum Resident

    Harpers Bizarre. Sorely overlooked brilliant sunshine pop.
  25. Crawdad

    Crawdad Detroit Rock Citizen

    and Bob too

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