Oh Mr Amazon, with this cheap box set / bargain item, etc...

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The 'New' Kraftwerk box set (the black one, commemmorative of the MOMA appearances, apart from that the same as the white box)

£64 post free in the UK,

I got one!

Mark G, Monday, 30 April 2012 10:51 (six years ago) Permalink

12 quid for a 5CD box set of Tangerine Dream just before they went crap:


my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Monday, 30 April 2012 11:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Just bumped into this (was not looking for cheap boxes, but hey..)


13 cd box set of The Byrds, £28

Mark G, Monday, 30 April 2012 14:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Wasn't there already a thread for this purpose?

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 30 April 2012 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

The one I know was for Fopp, in-shop.

Mark G, Monday, 30 April 2012 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Another one of Fantagraphics' Krazy & Ignatz volumes is $6 today. (1931-32)

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Monday, 30 April 2012 15:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Damn, I forget if I have that one or not...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 April 2012 15:44 (six years ago) Permalink


10 Billie Holiday discs for $30 shipped.

skip, Monday, 30 April 2012 16:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Miles Davis: 20 Classic Albums (10CD) for £15.92, or only £11.24 on marketplace http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miles-Davis-Classic-Albums-10CD/dp/B004UVCOZ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1335808036&sr=1-1

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:48 (six years ago) Permalink

lol, i've talked to someone who has bought a few of those supercheap "XX Classic Albums" and he described the sound thusly: "as though it was recorded by holding a cell phone up to a youtube rip"
which is probably an exaggeration, but it made me think twice about buying 'em.

tylerw, Monday, 30 April 2012 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

the billie holiday and byrds boxes are amazing deals though. i assume the sound is fine there.

tylerw, Monday, 30 April 2012 18:16 (six years ago) Permalink

I own the Billie box and it sounds fine.

skip, Monday, 30 April 2012 18:59 (six years ago) Permalink


perfection in a box

as for the sound = the discs are the recent remasters with extra tracks etc and sound amazing ..

mark e, Monday, 30 April 2012 20:13 (six years ago) Permalink

I want that one.

Why doesn't the American Amazon offer these things?

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:33 (six years ago) Permalink

they've got it: http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Albums-Collection-Elo/dp/B005LTDPJI
maybe not quite as cheap (from the dealers) but still a deal.

tylerw, Monday, 30 April 2012 22:35 (six years ago) Permalink


its f*ckin' fantastic.

mark e, Monday, 30 April 2012 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

So, I went for The Byrds box, despite myself.

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 09:21 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So, I went for The Byrds box, despite myself.

― Mark G, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 09:21 (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

so did i today.

not picked up anything by the byrds before, and rather than cherry picking decided that at this price/deal, no point in umm and arr'ing and got the lot.

so far i'm well chuffed.

like the ELO boxset the sound is brilliant as the discs are the most recent remasters with extra tracks etc.

mark e, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 20:16 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


another month, another cheap boxset.
heavyweight cardboard covers + 2 cds of extras (remixes/singles/b-sides etc) all for £55
the remastering is amazing.
makes me glad i never picked up any of the individual albums

mark e, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 16:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Most of these are even better deals for US people -- that Roxy Music one is $81, which would be... 51 pounds?

your native bacon (mh), Tuesday, 7 August 2012 18:23 (six years ago) Permalink

its clearly a new direction after the recent overpriced deluxe boxsets that the labels are now exploring.
this year alone i have got the byrds, elo, simple minds, neil young, bruce springsteen, roxy music catalogues.
if they had done them up a la pink floyd, beatles et al, then i would never have bothered.
in fact i do wonder if emi will re-release the floyd material in a more slimmed down/budget style.
i much prefer this simple approach of just the albums in a nice box like they have with kraftwerk.

mark e, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 18:46 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Miles Davis: 20 Classic Albums, 10 CDs for 14 quid:


The Real Bob Dylan, 3CDs for a fiver:


my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Some of the out-of-copyright things released by those Real Gone people look amazing - I'm excited by the thought of the Ernest Tubb and Stanley Brothers ones, and would be by the George Jones and Faron young ones if I didn't have big chunks of those already.

If I was in the market for jazz I'd be hoovering up tons of those - the Coltrane Prestige one looks insanely good value.

Tim, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:54 (five years ago) Permalink


Dubious abt the Miles box - it's all the out-of-copyright stuff (some of it v early and not absolutely terrific) and has been digitally remastered (from what source?) Obv it's still a tremendous bargain, but you can get the legit releases, often w/ gd bonus tracks and sleevenotes, for next to nothing these days, anyway.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Coltrane Prestige one looks insanely good value

A lot of those recs are p routine hard bop albs, tbh.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I agree with that up to a point, Ward, though some of these at <£1 per LP, are even closer to nothing than next-to-nothing.

You'd assume they were mastered from previous CD reissues, right? I mean, given that the company making them will be cutting every possible cost as far as they can, that would be the cheapest way of doing it.

xpost - I'm not the man to discuss the quality of Coltrane records, really, having been off The Jazz for may years now, but when I was interested in Coltrane the hard bop stuff was the stuff I liked best. I realise what a disgusting savage that makes me, but sometimes you just have to live with these things.

Tim, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm with Tim, actually; Prestige-era Coltrane is a hell of a lot more fun to listen to than furrowed-brow, voice-of-God-through-the-horn Impulse!-era Coltrane.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

The Real Bob Dylan, 3CDs for a fiver:


That's ... crazy! Not 'out-of-copyright' stuff, but Sony/CBS

I mean, I have enough Dylan, so won't be. But, still..

Mark G, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

I think Amazon credits you with a £1 music download when you spend that £5 too.

Stop Gerrying Me! (onimo), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

There's a lot of artists in the CBS "The real..." series, and they are often in HMV's "Two for £10" offer. There's a Johnny Cash set which compiles 6 of his early 60s LPs, a Miles Davis that includes 5 late 50s / early 60s LPs, the Dylan one is slightly different as it's a good overview of his career rather than a compilation of existing albums. There are similar sets for RCA acts too, I picked up a 3 CD Elvis set which concentrated on his 50s output for £3 in Sainsburys last year.

Rob M Revisited, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Any notable classical boxes worth buying on the cheap?

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Almost certainly. What periods/composers are you interested in?

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Interested in anything baroque or impressionist.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

The huge Debussy Edition released by DG/Universal not long ago is full of good stuff, very good choices taken from the DG/Decca/Philips catalogues.

Last year's giant EMI box of Delius is a great deal too.

On the 'impressionist' tip.

hibernaculum (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Harmonia Mundi UK is flogging this great box for a mere 15 quids: http://www.amazon.co.uk/La-Musique-Lumières-Music-Enlightenment/dp/B005BZBY1I/

Includes the full recording of Rene Jacobs' great Figaro amongst others.

I make knowing these box bargains my business. Craftily watching the listings on various sites has netted me the incredible Scarlatti Scott Ross box for 30 notes or so amongst other deals. A very good tool for this is the excellently-named pricenoia.com

Oh and that Debussy Edition Jon mentioned really is worth every penny.

OG requiem head (Call the Cops), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

If you need to be sold on the Mozart (which was 30 quid retail on its own when released): http://www.therestisnoise.com/2004/09/figaro_netrebko.html

OG requiem head (Call the Cops), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry to geek out over pricing but the Debussy is now 32 quids on Amazon UK - cheapest I've ever seen it.

OG requiem head (Call the Cops), Thursday, 31 January 2013 20:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the tip, I ordered the Debussy comp. Love everything by him that I've heard, and that's a ridiculous price.

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 January 2013 22:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Tuomas, you should post your thoughts on one of the classical threads as you work your way through it!

hibernaculum (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 31 January 2013 22:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I dunno, coming from a dance/electronic music background, I don't think I'm well versed to talk about classical music. I only own a handful of classical records, and I've only seen a few concerts (plus a few operas)... All I know is that I've really liked every Debussy recording I've heard; to me, there's something airy and beautifully simple in that stuff that I've not heard in earlier, more "complex" and frilly classical music I heard (which I do also appreciate, but not probably enough to get buy an 18 CD box set).

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 January 2013 22:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Heard, heard, heard, I should find new words!

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 January 2013 22:49 (five years ago) Permalink


Hope this is the same. Just ordered it! Thanks for the tip.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 31 January 2013 23:00 (five years ago) Permalink

the so called "classic" 10cc albums ..


brilliant stuff ..

mark e, Thursday, 31 January 2013 23:32 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost yes that's the same set.

hibernaculum (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 31 January 2013 23:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Pretty excited!

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 1 February 2013 02:31 (five years ago) Permalink

all i want is a killing joke boxset ...
is that really too much to ask for ...

mark e, Friday, 1 February 2013 08:17 (five years ago) Permalink

not good enough.

want a nice boxset with all the classic emi/virgin era albums in replica cardboard sleeves a la elo/byrds/simple minds etc ..

its surely only a matter of time ..

mark e, Friday, 1 February 2013 10:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads-up on the enlightenment box CtC - seems insanely good value + is just the sort of thing I feel like I want to spend some time with now, find out something new.

woof, Friday, 1 February 2013 10:41 (five years ago) Permalink

There's a new 'Five Classic Albums' bargain box for Scott Walker coming out on the 8th. (Scott 1 through 4 + Til The Band Comes In). What I would like to figure out is if it uses the remasterings from the box set of a couple years ago, which I don't like and don't want, or the individually released remasterings from around 2000 or so, which sound way better to me. I have Boy Child and Scotts 3 and 4 from that series but wouldn't mind sweeping the other ones up if those are the remasterings the new 5 Albums box uses. But I'm defaulting to the assumption it uses the most recent ones.

look at the morning people (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Prince Blu Ray Movie collection is sold out in US atm

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Thursday, 6 October 2016 14:35 (two years ago) Permalink

> There's a new 'Five Classic Albums' bargain box for Scott Walker...
> What I would like to figure out is if it uses the remasterings from the box set of a couple years ago, which I don't like

i have this. how can i tell which version it is.

it is Universal though. are they still using their audible watermarking? (oh apparently it doesn't affect cds)

cddb has just identified Scott 4 as "[RM 2000]" which i take to mean "Remastered 2000", but i'm not sure i trust cddb given that it didn't know Scott 3.

koogs, Saturday, 15 October 2016 20:05 (two years ago) Permalink

The recent remasters have a noticeably narrower soundstage than the prior remasters to my ears... I guess you would need to have both to compare in order to know which they used for the new set. There were no telltale bonus tracks to either edition.

still lists its address as the recently razed home of “Morris” the (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 15 October 2016 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Bought an 11CD box of Shostakovich symphonies this week for $45.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 15 October 2016 20:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Got my eye on Fields Of Nephilim, Steve Hackett, Devin Townsend and Rick Wakeman boxes. There's some Hawnwind boxes but there's not much in them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 15 October 2016 23:14 (two years ago) Permalink


Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 15 October 2016 23:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Interesting to see that that American troubadour Townes Van Zandt set is going through some sources fro about £12 again. I don't think it was last time I looked. Had half thought about it for my brother's girlfriend last Xmas.
Good set anyway.
& somebody's talking about it at the top of the thread.

Stevolende, Saturday, 15 October 2016 23:24 (two years ago) Permalink

15 CDs of Springsteen 1978 radio shows for 20 quid is insane.


heaven parker (anagram), Monday, 24 October 2016 16:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Or £16 , apparently.

I mean, Bruce seems an OK bloke but I don't really dig his oev. Who else b available?

Mark G, Monday, 24 October 2016 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

dear mark g, is the solo 'b' in your post a polite version of 'bloody' ?

mark e, Monday, 24 October 2016 21:51 (two years ago) Permalink

'Who else has radio / live box sets available for prices along these lines?'

Mark G, Monday, 24 October 2016 22:04 (two years ago) Permalink

dear mark g : xx

sorry i was being an arse.

mark e, Monday, 24 October 2016 22:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Jonathan Richman, maybe?

I don't know why he comes to mind..

Mark G, Monday, 24 October 2016 22:08 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New Model Army - Original Album Series has really shot up in price. Left it on my wishlist assuming it would stay cheap.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 22 December 2016 03:47 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Not sure if this is a temporary error but you can get the 33 disc DG Strauss complete operas for £11 atm.


Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 8 April 2017 22:37 (one year ago) Permalink

That is quite a deal - it's $117 in the US. But I don't need any Strauss operas at the moment.

Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Violent J (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 8 April 2017 22:45 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Anton Webern: Complete Works: Op. 1 - Op. 31 (3CD box set) (Boulez et al) £7.27


I recently got The Ligeti Project (5CDs) for £9.99 but it's gone up to £15.99 in the interim >:(

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:14 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...


Captain Beefheart, Sun Zoom Spark, 4 Lp box set, £22

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Wow. That's a fantastic set at an even better price.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I find these days you need to buy deluxe reissue CDs really fast because they go out of print and all of a sudden go from being $8.99 from ZOverstocks to $59.99 from a third party. Like, that's going to happen with the recent batch of Saint Etienne deluxe reissue CDs, I can feel it.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Didn't it already? Those St. Etienne 2CDs were straight reissues of the 2CDs from a few years back, IIRC.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Xpost true, I had to run to get that Scott Walker set a couple years ago. It's out as a cheaper thing now, but hey.

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Still there, UK Daytime dudes..

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:18 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Not Amazon, but this is an amazing price for this.


Dan Worsley, Monday, 19 March 2018 21:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

and if I didn't already have most of them would be tempted by this box set of Doors CDs for £13:


Dan Worsley, Monday, 19 March 2018 21:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

That Dylan one has changed to £100 now (from £23 yesterday), it must have been a mistake. Sold out as well.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

Well, I'm expecting mine...

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm a cheap CD fan, but somehow I can't bring my snobby self to buy one of those "album series" sets.

Duke, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:32 (ten months ago) Permalink

Sometimes it's the only way a label can afford to keep some albums on-catalogue

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm a cheap CD fan, but somehow I can't bring my snobby self to buy one of those "album series" sets

I have, like, two dozen of them, and am at the point where I kinda resent artists who have enough albums on one label to qualify, but don't have cheapo catalog boxes. Like, fuck you, Prong, your albums are not worthy of individual purchase this far down the line, but I would buy a 5CD box of your old stuff in a heartbeat.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

all my CDs go in big ol wallet / case things anyway (barring the ones that have exceptionally cool packaging) so the bargain sets are perfect for me

Simon H., Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

I adore those box sets. I'm still listening to all the ones I bought 3-4 years ago. Just started my Delius box set too.

Agree with Unperson. Really hate it when they don't include bonus tracks, I held off from the King Diamond box set for that reason. So many great bands could have a great little box set.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 March 2018 20:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

Did anyone here get their 1966 live box from Zoom?

Mark G, Monday, 2 April 2018 12:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

What about you guys? The Dylan one..

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 April 2018 11:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

No, I guess...

Mark G, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 20:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

I lurk here. Hi. I got it, stated price, in 2 days. Contact them maybe?

incandescent, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 20:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah, got mine too.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 20:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

I did contact them, they did say they ran out of stock but I could keep my order on-file for when they get some more in.

They seemed sincere enough, but I'm doubting. I'll give it a couple of months..

Mark G, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 22:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

.. Just got here, hray!

Mark G, Friday, 13 April 2018 17:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...


The first Bob Dylan "Bootleg" series, Vols 1-3 (actually five LPs - no me neither) = £23

Mark G, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:30 (one month ago) Permalink


Eyeball Kicks, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:48 (one month ago) Permalink

It was £23 when I clicked on the link. Must have been a mistake. You snooze, you lose!

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah there's the trace of that deal at the bottom of this page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_17?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=bob+dylan+bootleg+series&sprefix=bob+dylan+bootleg%2Cpopular%2C365&crid=136KSJEGRIMZO but it seems to have gone up in ten minutes.

Tim, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah well. I got one.

Mark G, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Not Amazon, but Cherry Red have a 20% off box sets sale on at the moment -


I got Close To The Noise Floor, which is early UK industrial and electronic post-punk - there's also a European box and they are releasing a US one next year which I'm looking forward to.

Also got Alien Sex Fiend first 4 albums and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry discography (apparently this fixes the horrible mastering issues from the previous RLYL box set, and has everything not just the 1st 2 albums and singles, although tbh I only really like the 1st 2 albums and singles) so it's a goth Christmas for me. Got Alternative TV 77-80, Cock Sparrer 77-87 and Membranes discography. I haven't bought much music lately so I splurged a bit.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 30 November 2018 22:06 (one month ago) Permalink

That RLYL box is really good. I was totally unfamiliar and became kind of a fan:


grawlix (unperson), Friday, 30 November 2018 22:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Hmm I see there's still some tracks sourced from crackly records, I read somewhere else that wasn't the case on this box, oh well. Your review makes me want to listen to the 3rd album again anyway, I think I only listened to it once and it didn't grab me.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

That Alternative TV box was long overdue. There's some great pogo punk and even better mind-warping stuff in there!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 1 December 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

the RLYL masters in question were lost in a fire, IIRC

StanM, Saturday, 1 December 2018 01:40 (one month ago) Permalink

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