CD box set gifts for music lovers
Taylor Swift’s recent 1.3 million sales week reinforces a truth that box set lovers have always known: Fans are willing to pay for music. Give a fan something special, something new and they (or someone who loves them) will happily give you their hard-earned cash for a chance for a deeper connection or to relive a special moment. Here’s a look at this year’s crop of sets promising something more than a download or a stream.
"David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed"(Credit: Legacy)
The three-CD set (Legacy) features 55 Bowie tracks from 1964 to his new single "Sue (or in a Season of Crime)"; $21.99.
Tears for Fears' "Songs From the Big Chair"(Credit: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue))
Shout! Shout! Let it all out as you jump for joy over this six-disc release of Tears for Fears' "Songs From the Big Chair" (UMC). The set includes remasters of classics like "Shout" and "Head Over Heels," plus a multitude of remixes and B-sides, plus nine previously unreleased tracks; $99.99.
"Sinatra: London"(Credit: CMG)
Ol' Blue Eyes is back thanks to "Sinatra: London" (CMG), a set consisting of three CDs of his 1962 recordings at London's CTS Studios, plus a DVD of his 1962 and 1970 concerts at Royal Festival Hall; $69.99.
"Simon and Garfunkel: The Complete Albums Collection"(Credit: Sony Legacy)
"Simon and Garfunkel: The Complete Albums Collection" (Sony Legacy) features remasters of the duo's five studio albums released between 1964 and 1970. It also features the soundtrack to "The Graduate" and 1981's "Concert in Central Park"; $99.98.
R.E.M.'s "REMTV"(Credit: Rhino)
REMTV (Rhino) is a six-disc DVD set featuring R.E.M.'s television appearances from concerts, award shows, its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and more between 1983 and 2007; $99.99.
Pixies' "Doolittle 25"(Credit: 4AD)
"Doolittle 25" celebrates the silver anniversary of the classic Pixies album. This three-CD set contains the original album, 2 full Peel Sessions, six B-sides and 22 demos, many of which have never been commercially released; $34.99.
"Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984"(Credit: Columbia / Legacy)
The Boss is back with "Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984" (Columbia/Legacy) featuring remasters of his first seven albums plus a 60-page book featuring photos, memorabilia and press clippings; $99.99.
Paul McCartney's "Wings at the Speed of Sound"(Credit: Capitol / Emi / Sbk / Chrysalis)
The other group featuring Paul McCartney is featured in "Wings at the Speed of Sound" (Hear Music), a set of two CDs featuring remastered versions of "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In," plus seven previously unreleased demos. A bonus DVD includes previously unreleased footage of Wings in Venice; $79.99
"Leonard Cohen, Live in Dublin"(Credit: Columbia Records / Legacy Reco)
Hallelujah! "Leonard Cohen, Live in Dublin" (Columbia/Legacy) is a music-box set featuring the singer-songwriter's September 2013 concert at Dublin's O2 Arena, featuring classics like "Hallelujah" and "Bird on the Wire." A bonus DVD features songs like "Show Me the Place" and "Different Sides" filmed at various Canadian concerts; $35.99.