FILTER Good Gift Guide ‘13 (Presented By Polk Audio), Day 8: Universal Records Box Sets
By Staff on December 9, 2013
’Tis the holiday season and here at FILTER we believe in giving gifts that keep on giving. So in the spirit of the holidays, throughout December we’ll be posting our Good Gift Guide ideas for your picky loved ones, presented by our friends at Polk Audio.
Behold the gift of music! Universal has released box sets of a whole slew of classic albums from the likes of Nirvana, The Velvet Underground, The Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Tears for Fears and The Who. See, for example, In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition.
The Super-Deluxe Edition of Nirvana's influential final album In Utero comes with more than 70 remastered, remixed, rare, unreleased and live recordings. It's also available as a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album.
The Band's Live at the Academy of Music 1971 presents the best of the band’s four legendary year-end concerts, including the complete New Year’s Eve set. This 4 CD+DVD box set is presented in new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes and also includes a deluxe, 48-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos.
Smashing Pumpkins, icons of '90s alt-rock, have released an expanded version of their platinum-selling 1996 box set The Aeroplane Flies High. It features the original 33 track version—remastered by Bob Ludwig—and has been expanded to 104 tracks (90 audio and 14 audio-visual) encompassing unreleased demos, alternative versions and live recordings. It also includes a 46-page book with extensive track-by-track notes by Billy Corgan himself.
No band encompasses New York quite like The Velvet Underground. The group's second release, White Light/White Heat has just hit its 45th anniversary, and Universal has re-released it to commemorate. It's available in both Deluxe Edition and a Super Deluxe Edition, the latter of which is a a three-disc, 30-track set featuring both the original stereo and mono releases, completely remastered, with bonus tracks including alternate versions and unreleased outtakes. RIP Lou.