The Best Boxes – Delco Times

By Michel Christophe

Rock Music Menu Columnist

It’s beyond last minute to find a gift for the music lover in your life, but don’t panic; Rock Music Menu is here with the annual holiday gift guide to help the desperate. This week we take a look at 10 of the best rock and roll box sets of 2021. Take a look.



To celebrate the 50th anniversary of George Harrison’s monumental masterpiece, “All Things Must Pass”, the album has been mixed entirely from the original tapes and enriched with 47 demos and samples, including 42 previously unreleased. Decades in the making and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, the album has been remixed to fulfill Harrison’s longtime desire. It’s available in a variety of formats, including a limited-edition Uber Deluxe Edition box set, an 8LP or 6-disc Super Deluxe Edition, or a 5LP or 3CD Deluxe Edition that combines the main album with outtakes and jams.



To commemorate the 50th anniversary of ‘LA Woman’ comes a 3 CD/1LP set. 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 discover the progression of each song as it develops in the studio. . This includes the original album recently remastered by longtime Doors engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, two bonus discs of never-before-seen studio shots, and the stereo mix of the original album on 180-gram virgin vinyl.



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’s one of his most urgent and expansive releases to date – a landmark work that would be hailed as a creative, critical and commercial triumph.

The Super Deluxe 13LP/1-DVD Edition includes all of the audio material Prince officially released in 1987, plus 45 previously unreleased studio songs recorded between May 1979 and July 1987, and a complete live audio performance of the shutdown. June 20, 1987. during the ‘Sign O’ The Times’ tour at the Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Also included is a brand new DVD featuring the complete, never-before-seen New Year’s Eve benefit concert at Paisley Park on December 31, 1987, which was Prince’s last performance of the tour’s stage show and his only onstage collaboration with the legend of the Jazz Miles Davis.



The 40th anniversary extended deluxe edition of the Rolling Stones’ 1981 “Tattoo You” album is newly remastered, accompanied by no less than nine previously unreleased tracks. The set is available in several formats, including a 4CD and 5LP Super Deluxe box set, the latter on 180 grams with a new remaster of “Tattoo You”, “Lost & Found”, including nine previously 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 world tour that followed, as well as interviews with producer Chris Kimsey and photographer Hubert Kretzschmar.



Black Sabbath channeled all of its pent-up energy and aggression into 1975’s ‘Sabotage’, seeing a record emerge as a wild, schizophrenic panic that swung from one extreme to the other. The Super Deluxe Edition includes a new remastered version of the original album, plus a full live show recorded during the band’s 1975 tour. It’s available as both a 4-CD set and a 4-LP set on 180 gram vinyl, the latter including a 7-inch bonus featuring the single edit for “Am I Going Insane (Radio)” and “Hole in The Sky” on the reverse with artwork reproducing the very rare Japanese release of the single. Also included are a replica of the 1975 Madison Square Garden concert book and a color poster from the 1975 “Sabotage” tour.



Metallica’s 1991 self-titled album, better known as “The Black Album”, remains one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of all time, with worldwide sales of over of 35 million. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, a limited edition deluxe numbered box set – with magnetic flap – which includes the remastered album on a 180 gram double LP and CD, a “Sad but True” picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs and six DVDs with never-before-seen content like live shows, rough mixes, demos and more. There’s also an audio vinyl MP3 download card, four tour laminates, a lanyard, three lithographs, three guitar picks, folder and lyric sheets, and a 120-page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos with stories of those who were there.



Among the never-before-seen material exclusive to the various releases of the “Nevermind 30th Anniversary Editions” are four full live shows that document Nirvana’s historic rise to the concert. All four newly remastered gigs are included in Super Deluxe Editions, available on vinyl – on 8LP 180-gram black vinyl in tip-on premium jackets – plus the new 7-inch of “Endless, Nameless” b/w “Even in His Youth” and “Aneurysm” plus the 5-CD plus Blu-ray CD+Blu-ray edition of Live in Amsterdam, Netherlands complete the newly remastered concert video audio and video in HD.



The Beatles’ “Let It Be” album was freshly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell with the album’s new stereo mix guided by the original “reproduced for record” version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from of the original session and eight-track performance tapes on the roof. The Super Deluxe Collections – available on vinyl and CD – include 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track “Let It Be” EP and the previously unreleased 14-track “Get Back” stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969.

Additionally, the Super Deluxe Editions include a 100-page hardback book with an introduction by Paul McCartney, detailed notes and track-by-track recording information and many never-before-seen 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 hardcover book in a slipcase.



Celebrating its 45th anniversary, “Destroyer” is considered Kiss’ quintessential record. It is the band’s first album to sell a million copies in its first year and holds the title of being their best-selling studio album of all time. Filled with favorites such as “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 set, standard double black vinyl and limited-edition yellow and red double-color vinyl, a 2-CD set as well as digital. The Super Deluxe Edition also contains a boatload of ephemera like trading cards, flyers, irons, posters and a program and a 68-page hardcover book with liner notes and interviews from all four group members. All contents are housed in a flip-top style box and feature original cover art by artist Ken Kelly.



The new Super Deluxe Edition of “The Who Sell Out” includes 112 tracks, 47 of which have never been previously released, an 80-page full-color hardcover book, including rare vintage photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotations and new liner notes on the little bag. by Pete Townshend with comments from the DJs, designers and club managers present. It also includes nine posters and inserts, including replicas of the original 20″ x 30 Adrian George album poster, a Newcastle Town Hall concert poster, an eight-page show program of October 67 from The Who at the Saville Theatre, a calling card for the Bag o’ Nails club, Kingly Street and much more.

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