Happy Box Set Day!

Already getting post-Christmas Day depression? Don’t worry – Box Set Day is here!

Wait, what?

As is increasingly becoming the case, evolving times has lead to the true meaning of Boxing Day – amongst other festivities – becoming redundant. Traditionally, Boxing Day was when tradespeople and servants would receive a ‘Christmas box’ from bosses or employers – these days, such rewards come in the form of a bonus or  a pat on the back, causing us to see the 26th as the comedown from Christmas, where we tuck into turkey leftovers and bemoan the ‘back to reality’ blues.

Personally, we see this as a missed opportunity to extend the festivities – so we thought we’d celebrate today by honouring another type of box: the box set. After all, isn’t this the day when we get the chance to fully delve into all the musical treats we received yesterday now that those pesky family commitments are out of the way?

As already established in our Watchlist, our perusal of this year’s ‘Best Of’ lists has given us many reasons to uncover upcoming trends and tracks of 2015. The beauty of box sets, however, is that they allow us to re-discover material that we may have missed not only in the past 12 months, but in our entire lifetime.

So here’s a selection of our favourite re-issues from 2014, in no particular order:

Nas – Illimatic XX

Twenty years from the release of the Brooklyn beatmaker’s 1994 debut, Illimatic gets the box set treatment with a second disc (gold, may we add) featuring all the remixes from the 12-inch/cassingle B sides, as well as a vinyl LP and a 48-page book with new artwork. Maybe things didn’t work out between him and Kelis, but this would certainly bring us to the yard.

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III (Deluxe Editions)

Dazed and Confused. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. Whole Lotta Love. Heartbreaker. Immigrant Song. Tangerine. Need we say more?

Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Box Set

Never one to do things by half, Elton John celebrates the milestone release of his iconic seventh album with five-CD-plus-DVD expansion as well as several non-LP singles, a nine-cut tribute set featuring contemporary acts (i.e. Fall Out Boy), a vintage documentary about the album’s creation and footage from 1973’s set at the Hammersmith Odeon.

And… breathe.

Mike Cooper – Trout Steel

Technically not a box set, but the re-release of this 1970 masterpiece back in June meant Christmas came early for fans of psychedelia. The monumentality of Cooper’s quote, “I turned down the Stones”, might rival that of a certain Linda Evangelista, but we would happily pay $10,000 to witness the unconceivable combination of country blues and free jazz be pulled off in 11 songs.

The Kinks – The Anthology 1964 – 1971

As if we need an excuse to re-introduce The Kinks back in our lives. Along with the undisputed classics, this five-CD box set—released in honour of the band’s 50th anniversary—contains 25 previously unreleased tracks for you to delve in All Day and All Of The Night…

You can call us Santa’s little helpers – now that he’s not coming by again, our instigation of Box Set Day will give you the chance to do your own re-visiting of past musical gems. If that doesn’t give you an excuse you open up that last bottle of Champagne, nothing will. (it does come in a box, after all…)


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