By Michael Christophe
Columnist on the rock music menu
Finding a gift for the music lover in your life is beyond the last minute, but don’t panic; Rock Music Menu is here with the annual holiday gift guide to help the desperate. This week, we’re taking a look at 10 of the best rock and roll box sets of 2021. Have a look.
“ALL THINGS MUST BE PAST THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY”
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of George Harrison’s monumental masterpiece “All Things Must Pass”, the album was completely mixed from the original soundtracks and enriched with 47 demos and samples, including 42 unreleased tracks. In the works for decades and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, the album has been remixed to meet Harrison’s longtime desire. It’s available in a variety of formats, including a limited edition Uber Deluxe Edition box set, a Super Deluxe 8LP or 6 disc edition, or a Deluxe 5LP or 3CD edition that pairs the main album with releases and jams.
‘THE 50TH BIRTHDAY WOMAN’
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of ‘LA Woman’, a 3 CD / 1LP box set is offered. For this new collection, the original album has been enriched with more than two hours of unreleased recordings taken from the recording sessions, allowing the listener to experience the progression of each song as it develops in the studio. . This includes the original album newly remastered by longtime Doors engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of unreleased studio clips and the stereo mix of the original album on blank 180 gram vinyl.
‘SIGN O’ TIME [SUPER DELUXE EDITION]’
More than any other release in his four-decade recording career, Prince’s iconic double album “Sign O ‘the Times” captured the artist in a period of complete reinvention. It is one of his most urgent and extensive releases to date – a period work that would be hailed as a creative, critical and commercial triumph.
The 13LP / 1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition includes all the audio material Prince officially released in 1987, plus 45 unreleased studio songs recorded between May 1979 and July 1987, and a full live audio performance of the June 20, 1987 on the ‘Sign O’ The Times’ tour at Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Also included is a brand new DVD featuring the complete and unreleased New Years Eve benefit concert at Paisley Park on December 31, 1987, which was Prince’s last performance of the show on stage on the tour and his only onstage collaboration with the legend of the jazz Miles. Davis.
‘TATTOO YOUR 40TH BIRTHDAY’
THE ROLLING STONES
The extended 40th anniversary deluxe edition of the 1981 Rolling Stones’ “Tattoo You” album has just been remastered, along with no less than nine unreleased tracks from the era. The set is available in several formats, including a 4CD and 5LP Super Deluxe box set, the latter in 180 grams with a new remaster of “Tattoo You”, “Lost & Found”, including nine unreleased tracks and “Still Life” Live at Wembley Stadium 1982. It also includes a 124-page hardcover book containing over 200 rare photos from recording sessions and the subsequent world tour, as well as interviews with producer Chris Kimsey and photographer Hubert Kretzschmar.
‘SABOTAGE [SUPER DELUXE EDITION]’
Black Sabbath channeled all of his pent-up energy and aggressiveness into 1975’s “Sabotage”, seeing a record emerge as a savage, schizophrenic monster that swung from one extreme to the other. The Super Deluxe Edition includes a new remastered version of the original album, as well as a full live performance recorded during the band’s tour in 1975. It is available in both a 4-CD and 4-LP box set. on 180 gram vinyl, the latter including a 7 inch bonus with the unique cut for “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” and “Hole in The Sky”. backwards with illustrations reproducing the very rare Japanese release of the single. A replica of the 1975 Madison Square Garden concert book and a color poster from the 1975 “Sabotage” tour are also included.
‘METALLIC [DELUXE BOX SET]’
Metallica’s eponymous 1991 album, better known as “The Black Album,” remains one of the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed records of all time, with worldwide sales of over 35. millions. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, a limited edition luxury numbered box set – with magnetic flap – includes the remastered album on double LP and 180 gram CD, one picture disc “Sad but True”, three live LPs, 14 CDs and six DVDs with never-before-seen content like live shows, raw mixes, demos and more. There is also an MP3 audio vinyl download card, four tour laminates, a cord, three lithographs, three guitar picks, a folder and lyrics sheets, and a 120 page hardcover book with unseen photos with stories. of those who were there.
“NEVERMIND 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION”
Among the unreleased material exclusive to the various versions of the “Nevermind 30th Anniversary Editions”, four complete live performances document Nirvana’s historic rise in the concert. All four newly remastered gigs are included in Super Deluxe editions, available in both vinyls – on 180 gram 8LP black vinyl in premium spiked jackets – plus the new 7 inch from “Endless, Nameless” b / w “Even in His Youth ”and“ Aneurysm ”as well as the 5 CD plus Blu-ray CD + Blu-ray edition of Live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, complete the newly remastered audio and video concert video in HD.
‘LET IT BE SPECIAL EDITION [SUPER DELUXE]’
The Beatles’ album “Let It Be” was freshly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell with the album’s new stereo mix guided by the original version “reproduced for record” by Phil Spector and sourced direct from of the original session and tapes eight performance tracks on the roof. The Super Deluxe collections – available on vinyl and CD – include 27 unreleased session recordings, a four-track “Let It Be” EP and the never-before-released 14-track stereo LP mix “Get Back” compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969.
In addition, Super Deluxe Editions feature a 100 page hardback book with an introduction by Paul McCartney, detailed notes and recording information track by track and plenty of unpublished photos, personal notes, cassette box images and Moreover. The Super Deluxe Vinyl Special Edition box set contains 4 LPs, a 12 “EP and a 105 page hardback book in a box.
‘DESTRUCTIVE [SUPER DELUXE EDITION]’
Celebrating its 45th anniversary, ‘Destroyer’ is considered the quintessential Kiss record. It is the band’s first album to sell a million copies in its first year and holds the title of best-selling studio album of all time. Loaded with favorites including “Detroit Rock City”, “Shout It Out Loud”, “God of Thunder” and “Beth”, the album is available in a Super Deluxe 4-CD + Blu-ray audio box, double black vinyl. standard and two-tone yellow and red vinyl in limited edition, a 2-CD box set as well as digital. The Super Deluxe Edition also comes with a load of ephemera like collectible cards, flyers, iron-ons, posters and a program and a 68-page hardcover book with sleeve notes and interviews with the four members of the group. All content is housed in an elevator style box and features the original cover by artist Ken Kelly.
‘THE ONE WHO SELLS [SUPER DELUXE EDITION]’
The new Super Deluxe Edition of “The Who Sell Out” features 112 tracks, of which 47 are unreleased, an 80-page hardcover color book, featuring rare vintage photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotations and news notes on the cover. by Pete Townshend with comments from the DJs, designers and club managers who were there. It also includes nine posters and inserts, including replicas of the original 20 “x 30” Adrian George album poster, a concert poster from The City Hall, Newcastle, an eight page program of the show The Who’s October ’67 at the Saville Theater, a calling card for the Bag o ‘Nails club, Kingly Street and more.
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