Box sets

Deep Purple Complete 1970 1976

America seems to be getting a bit box set crazy these days, all part of trying to squeeze a few more sales out of back-catalogue, and often these can represent good value for money but only if you don’t have the titles already.
Rhino are jumping in with The Complete Albums 1970 – 1976 (cover shown above), 10 CDs, which runs from Concerto through to Come Taste, with MIJ and MIE as extras.
Meanwhile Audio Fidelity are planning their first box set with Gold CDs of In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are in a metal box.  These have all been out separately, and got good reviews from audiophiles for the remastering.
Thanks to http://www.musictap.net/ (which is a useful American site for upcoming archive rock and pop titles and plans) and Leslie Hanagan.

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20 Responses to “Box sets”

  1. Les Hedger Says:

    Warner Brother Records (USA) has released the original (not the remastered) cds of Fireball, Machine Head and MIJ. They call it the “Flashback Series”. They still contain the mis-spelt names and wrong historical facts. Wal-Mart sells them.

  2. Mac Says:

    Maybe we will get HD versions at the same time, as has happened with the recent Eagles, Van Halen and ZZ Top boxes?

  3. bollokcs Says:

    I prefer the EMI/DPAS editons, but it is a really nice package for average listeners.

  4. Les Hedger Says:

    The local FM stations around Chicago are playing “Hell to Pay” a lot. I haven’t heard a new Purple song played this much since Perfect Strangers all those years ago.

    • simon robinson Says:

      Looks like it would be worth them doing a show in the area then! I still have the US promo 12″ of Perfect Strangers somewhere…

      • Les Hedger Says:

        A show would be great if they would play more than two new songs. The new album is their best since the under rated Abandon.

  5. Peter Wolff Says:

    Here we go again. I remember in the late 90’s EMI put out a box set of five Purple albums, by all accounts they were poor, no remastering, no details on the inner sleeve except the track listing, all in all around $9 each. With a number of those albums above, the best were the special anniversary editions which had “extra” tracks and great reading material inside. You cannot get any better than that (and a great Spanish anniversary edition of “Made In Japan” plus the 3 live tracks and an extra 7 studio tracks, the only downside was the book, it’s in Spanish!).

    • simon robinson Says:

      The downside was they used all the material I put together for the UK edition but I didn’t get paid for it!

  6. Bernard Maasdijk Says:

    Simon, I seem to recall mention a year or so ago of an updated and complete Live in Japan August 1972 box set. Have these plans been put on the backburner or withdrawn altogether. Obviously the record people have missed the 40th anniversary. Are they perhaps aiming for a December 2022 release?

    • simon robinson Says:

      We did mention that this is on the way, latest release date is 2014.

      • Bernard Maasdijk Says:

        I must have missed that bit of information. Didn’t mean to be sarcastic, well, not towards DPAS anyway. Cheers.

      • simon robinson Says:

        Don’t worry Bernard! There’s so much going on even I can’t keep up with everything on the site some weeks.

  7. Les Hedger Says:

    The remastered ones I have are just fine. Hopefully these will give DP more publicity here in the states. The song “Hell to Pay” is played almost daily. Could be good time for them to tour here.

  8. CJA1974 Says:

    I have a few box sets similar to this… Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, etc. It will be interesting to see what the details are. The Blue Oyster Cult Complete Columbia Series sounds really good remastered and they included the bonus tracks, but this was not on Rhino.

  9. profusion Says:

    Most of these recent “complete discography” boxes from the various labels have been bare bones. Sony’s various “complete” sets have mostly been just the basic albums but at least had nice liner note additions. I recently got the new collection of Chaka Khan’s first five solo albums, and it was just the discs inside flimsy cardboard minisleeves, with no booklets or other indications as to mastering etc. I’m guessing this new DP box will be the same way.

  10. RODRIGO Says:

    Often with bands like KISS, extras and rarities come to sweeten the deal!

  11. Simon Brown Says:

    Are discs in the Rhino box set just re-issues of the original albums or are there any extras? Are they even re-mastered?

    • simon robinson Says:

      There are no details yet; my guess is standard albums but possibly using the last remasters. It’s unusual to give away rarities in sets like this.

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