CD box set reviews

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Richter Plays Schubert CD review – he had a special affinity for introspective music
An essential survey of Schubert’s sonatas, variations and miniatures, recorded between 1948 and 1963

Andrew Clements

09, Aug, 2017 @3:14 PM

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Mozart 225 review – all of Amadeus in one big box
Everything that Mozart wrote, in a cleverly planned and comprehensive update of the 1991 set, including some genuine revelations

Nicholas Kenyon

01, Jan, 2017 @6:59 AM

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David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973 box set review – wonderful overview of the Mick Ronson era
This box set of prime Bowie includes one of the great live bootlegs and two discs of quasi-rarities

Jon Dennis

10, Dec, 2015 @10:30 PM

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Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: Collected Recordings 1983-1989 box set review – dizzying, jangling pop journey
This Commotions set takes in everything from their early incarnation as a white funk band to their mainstream hitmaking days

Dave Simpson

10, Dec, 2015 @10:15 PM

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Underworld: Second Toughest in the Infants box set review – abstract, expansive art-techno
This expanded version of the second album from the great art-ravers is an ideal showcase for their iterative songwriting process

Dorian Lynskey

10, Dec, 2015 @10:00 PM

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Erasure: Always, The Very Best Of box set review – overlooked synth-pop masters
Two discs of hit-and-miss remixes accompany Erasure’s untouchable greatest hits on this new box set

Tim Jonze

10, Dec, 2015 @9:45 PM

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Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind – The River Collection box set review – great outtakes and a joyous live DVD
The vast amount of extra material Springsteen recorded for The River is complied here, along with a superb concert film

Michael Hann

10, Dec, 2015 @9:30 PM

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The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes box set review – fascinating sound of a band stretching out
Excellent new edition of the band’s famed 1969 Matrix club tapes showcases a less confrontational, experimental band capable of everything from improv to straight rock’n’roll

Michael Hann

10, Dec, 2015 @9:15 PM

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Lush: Chorus box set review – shoegaze with proper attitude
Wicked hair and songs about rubbish boys serve as a reminder that the band deserve a place at the head of the 90s indie table

Kate Hutchinson

10, Dec, 2015 @9:00 PM

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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters box set review – fullest version yet of a jazz touchstone
John Coltrane’s endlessly influential album gets its most complete expansion yet with this 50th anniversary set

John Fordham

10, Dec, 2015 @6:00 PM

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Slade: When Slade Rocked the World 1971-1975 box set review – more complex than they get credit for
An intriguing and surprising overview of the period when Slade were tipped to become bigger than the Beatles

Alexis Petridis

10, Dec, 2015 @4:11 PM

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