Vinyl Boxsets: It Must be That Time of Year

Updated: Sep 27


I have to admit to being a bit of a sucker for a nice boxset. My favourite one I own is by Carter: The Unstoppable Sex Machine that was a Christmas gift from Danielle a couple of years ago. It contains all seven studio albums and two LPs of b-sides and covers on different coloured vinyl and housed in a foil-stamped heavyweight box. It really is a thing of beauty. I've also got the Oasis - Definitely Maybe one, a couple from Ryan Adams and even a Rod Stewart collection of his first five solo albums.


I think the presence of a boxset in the collection shows some kind of dedication to the band. You wouldn't want one by every artist, but a few in there I think really help accentuate those artists that mean the most to you. There's also no denying that they look great on the shelf too.


Over the last few weeks there has been a real increase in the number of boxsets being announced by the labels. I guess there must be some kind of annual celebration coming or something? So to try and make sense of them all I have created a bit of a list to bring your attention to those I think are most noteworthy. So, in no particular order, let's dive in:


The Libertines - Up The Bracket

(20th Anniversary Boxset)


£122.99


To celebrate the release of their astonishing debut album, Up The Bracket, The Libertines are releasing a 20th Anniversary Edition on multiple formats, through Rough Trade.


In addition to a remaster of the original Up The Bracket album, produced by Mick Jones (The Clash), the Super Deluxe Edition also includes a remarkable 65 previously unreleased recordings including many original demos, radio sessions and live recordings all helping to chart the making of Up The Bracket, plus a live recording from the 100 club in 2002. It also contains a 60 page book with a foreword by Matt Wilkinson, new interviews with the band by Anthony Thornton and many unseen photos and memorabilia.


Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros

- 002 The Mescaleros Years


£124.99


2022 marks 20 years since the passing of the legendary Joe Strummer. While best known as the frontman for The Clash, between 1999-2002 Strummer produced some of his most exciting work alongside The Mescaleros.


The first comprehensive collection highlighting this intense period of creativity and brings together the albums Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (1999), Global A Go-Go (2001), the posthumous Streetcore (2003), and Vibes Compass, a brand-new compilation of 15 B-sides and rarities, including never before heard tracks like 'Ocean of Dreams' (featuring Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on guitar) and early demos of some of the Mescaleros best-loved tracks (“The Road To Rock 'N' Roll,” “X-Ray Style” and more), through to some of the original recordings from Joe's last ever sessions (“Coma Girl (Outtake),” “Fantastic” and “Get Down Moses (Outtake)”), all in one complete boxset.


Guns n Roses - Use Your Illusion

(12LP Boxset + Blu-Ray)


£399.99


Originally released on 17th September 1997 and collectively sold over one million units in the first week. Original estimates during the first 2 hours of sales was 500K units for both albums! Each album is certified 7x Platinum by RIAA as of 1997 with UYI 1 certified platinum in 19 countries and diamond in Canada and UYI 2 certified platinum in 18 countries and gold in 3. Quite phenomenal numbers. In addition to this, the “November Rain” music video was the first ‘90s video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube in 2018.


The boxset contains a total of 97 tracks, 63 of which are unreleased audio & video tracks including both Use Your Illusion I & II albums which have been remastered for first-time ever. It also contains LIVE IN NEW YORK & LIVE IN LAS VEGAS albums which are first-ever complete concerts for the Use Your Illusion-era GN’R and the LIVE IN NEW YORK Blu-ray features full concert film in HD with Atmos, 5.1 & stereo audio. There is also a 100-page hardcover book with unreleased photos & images. Bonus items include replica Conspiracy Inc fan club kit, 10 double-design lithos, 4 backstage passes & much more. A truly epic collection!


The Beatles - Revolver

(4LP + 7" Boxset)


£162.99


Revolver: The Beatles’ 1966 album that changed everything. Spinning popular music off its axis and ushering in a vibrant new era of experimental, avant-garde sonic psychedelia. Revolver brought about a cultural sea change and marked an important turn in The Beatles’ own creative evolution. This band are going to be massive!


This Special Edition of The Beatles’ Revolver features a new mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, the original mono mix, a 4-track EP, 31 session takes and home demos, a 100-page book with a foreword by Paul McCartney, an essay by Questlove, detailed track notes, photos and ephemera including handwritten lyrics, tape boxes and extracts from Klaus Voormann’s graphic novel on the making of the cover art. Half-speed-mastered 180g LPs + 7-inch vinyl EP in a 12.56” x 12.36” slipcase.


Tom Petty & The Heart breakers -

Live at Fillmore 1997


£174.99


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers famously played 20 nights at the legendary Fillmore venue in San Francisco in 1997. 6 of the shows were professionally recorded and this release features some of the high points of the residency.


The six LPs are packaged in a box with a 24 page (12” x 12”) booklet (with previously unseen photographs), three custom guitar picks, a replica All Access laminate, facsimiles of three set lists, a reprint of the 8-page Fan Newsletter published in 1997, and an embroidered patch (“The Fillmore House Band” – a term that was bestowed on The Heartbreakers during the shows at the Fillmore).


PJ Harvey - B-Sides, Demos & Rarities


£159.99


The definitive collection of PJ Harvey B-Sides, rarities and non-album demos. A total of 59 tracks, 14 previously unreleased, spanning three decades.

This 6LP boxset is presented on 180g black vinyl housed in printed inner-sleeves. The collection also features previously unseen archive photography by Maria Mochnacz, with mastering and vinyl cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of long time PJ Harvey producer John Parish.


So there you go, half a dozen vinyl boxsets that will enhance any record collection. All of these, and all the other boxsets we stock, are ordered directly from the record labels and all qualify for free delivery.

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