PiL managed to avoid boundaries for the first four years of their existence, and Metal Box is undoubtedly the apex. It's a hallmark of uncompromising, challenging post-punk, hardly sounding like anything of the past, present, or future. Sure, there were touchstones that got their imaginations running – the bizarreness of Captain Beefheart, the open and rhythmic spaces of Can, and the dense pulses of Lee Perry's productions fueled their creative fires – but what they achieved with their second record is a completely unique hour of avant-garde noise…
The albums the band recorded for Virgin Records in one package complete with bonus tracks previously unreleased from sessions recorded for the BBC - Remastered from original tapes. The band that featured Phil Collins from Genesis on drums, have never had a upgrade on the catalogue and having all the albums on one 4-CD set is the first time in a number of years they have been available. The set also features sleeve notes by Malcolm Dome and upgraded artwork.
Their late-'70s image as white-suited disco kings has earned them cultural-icon status for all the wrong reasons. In their 4 decade recording career, the have built a singularly impressive body of work encompassing the eccentric art-pop that first made the trio unlikely pop stars in the '60s and the R&B-inflected, falsetto-laced dance pop of their comeback. This 4 CD, 74 song set may be a mite too even-handed historically (thus giving short shrift to the group's prolific '60's output), but it presents a representative sampling of the ups and downs of the group, and includes all of the relevant hits and a generous assortment of rare items.
Gorgeous, collector's edition 24CD singles box set that collates the singles originally released on Geffen and Atlantic Records, from across Donna Summer's international releases, presented in replica mini-sleeves, accompanied by a very fancy mini-book, with photos, liner notes, and interviews with collaborators of DS, and with the lady herself…
DAVID BOWIE David Bowie Box (Deleted 2007 UK strictly limited edition 10-CD box set comprising 5 x 2-CD sets of the albums 'Outside', 'Earthling', 'Hours', 'Heathen' & 'Reality'; all with Bonus Discs containing remixes from Moby, Marius deVries & more, bonus material [previously released on special editions], extra tracks from single releases and covers of classics such as 'Waterloo Sunset'; all presented in mini LP-style card picture sleeves complete with individual booklets and housed in a picture slipcase. While late-period Bowie was more a stylistic interpreter than the innovator of the 1970s, this collection has many high points, notably a version of the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" and a series of reworkings of the artist's own "Rebel Rebel."
Released by Sony's Legacy division in 2014, Original Album Classics offers a compact bundling of Teddy Pendergrass' first five solo albums, all of which were originally released by Philadelphia International. This contains Teddy Pendergrass (1977), Life Is a Song Worth Singing (1978), Teddy (1979), TP (1980), and It's Time for Love (1981) – all Top Ten R&B albums, and all platinum, with the exception of the fifth release, which merely went gold. When this was issued, it retailed for roughly the same amount as a double-disc anthology – a reasonably priced way to obtain a major chunk of the great Philly soul singer's catalog.
ABBA The Complete Studio Recordings Box Set (2005 UK Strictly Limited Deluxe Edition 11-disc box set comprising NINE digitally remastered CDs from 'Ring Ring' to 'The Visitors' with a host of amazing bonus tracks & rarities including B-Sides, remixes, versions in Spanish, German, French and Swedish and more; plus TWO BONUS NTSC DVDs featuring THIRTY TWO videos, 'The History' - Documentary and Selections From Abba's Final Live Concert!. Also includes two hardbackbooks with silver embossed titles - one 108-page booklet of lyrics and a 48-page 'Timeline & Disc Contents'.