Christmas Gifts: Best Music Box Sets of 2012

From Smashing Pumpkins to the Rolling Stones…here are the 19 Best music box sets that make great Christmas Gifts for Music Lovers..

It’s getting closer to Christmas….are you still searching for the perfect Christmas gifts for your Music loving spouse, mate or best friend?

Well I’ve poured over Amazon and found the best music box sets of 2012 that will guarantee manic joy for that special someone. Or just grab one of these goodies for yourself. Your secret is safe with me.

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 Be sure to check out my 2013 edition for even more great music box sets!

1. ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’-Deluxe Edition

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Billy Corgan continues his impressive reissues series with this deluxe remaster of their 1995 double album. You can get the cd set which features 5 cd’s, including the remastered original album, a concert DVD, and 64 previously unreleased songs. Or you can get the 4 LP vinyl set.

Included in both sets are 2 books of artwork, notes and a decoupage kit full of album artwork. A must for Smashing Pumpkins addicts (can you guess that I’m one of them?). (They might also enjoy their latest album ‘Oceania’.)


2. Roxy Music-Complete Studio Recordings

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 In honor of Roxy Music’s 40th anniversary, here’s a massive box set featuring remasters of all 8 studio albums. In addition, there are 2 bonus discs of B-sides, remixes and more. (and for your Brian Eno fans, check out my review of his latest album ‘LUX‘.)


3. Sugar-A Box of Sugar

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Hardcore fans of alt-rock pioneer Bob Mould will be jonesing for this all-vinyl set featuring their complete recordings from 1992-1995


4. Soundgarden-5 Classic Albums

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The Grunge Legends have recently reunited with a new album ‘King Animal‘ (here’s my review), but they’ve also compiled a vinyl collection of their 90’s major label albums, which includes new artwork and a live album from their 1996 world tour.


5. The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set [Box Set]

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If you know someone who is a Fab 4 fanatic, this is what they want. 14 albums in remastered vinyl, a 252 page Book, plus new artwork,  packaging and loads of other extras.


6. The Rolling Stones ‘Charlie is my Darling’ – Ireland 1965 (2012)

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A rare early documentary of the band has been lovingly remastered. Fans of the late Bryan Jones will be especially interested given it covers his time period with the group. (find more movies in my best Blu-ray and DVD Box Set Guide!)


7. The Rolling Stones: “GRRR!” Greatest Hits-Super Deluxe 5 CD Box Set

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This greatest hits collection comes in several different formats. (a) 50 Track, 3CD album version with a 24-page booklet.(b) 50 Track, 3 CD Deluxe Edition with a 36 page book and 5 collectible postcards. And the big one: the Super Deluxe 5 CD Box Set which has 80 tracks of music, 7″ vinyl, a hardback book, poster and postcards in a huge display box. If it sounds like overkill, just realize it covers everything from 1963-present.


8. Best Of James Bond 50th Anniversary (2 CD Set)

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007 fans have lots to be happy about. An awesome new movie, and this soundtrack collection, which has every James Bond song from every movie (except the latest Adele theme), plus instrumental tracks from various entries in the series.


9. Rush 2112 Super Deluxe Edition.

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Prog Rock Nerds will rejoice, as the Canadian trio are releasing their landmark opus in a variety of formats, including cd/Blu-ray, or cd-dvd and this super deluxe set which includes a hard cover comic book. All sets come with expanded artwork and liner notes.


10. Blur-Box Set

[amazon_image id=”B007SAKSF2″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Blur [Limited Edition] (18CD/3DVD)[/amazon_image][amazon_image id=”B007SAKY42″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Blur 21: The Vinyl Box[/amazon_image]
whether you want 18 cd’s or 21 slabs of vinyl from the Britpop sensations, they have you covered. Tons of bonus tracks, dvd’s, band interviews and digital download codes to take it with you on your mp3 player. Overload in a good way.


11. The English Beat-The Complete Beat

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Remastered cd’s of all the Ska legends original albums, plus remixes and  a live performance  from the Peel Sessions and a Boston concert.


12. Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection

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63 cd’s. That’s right you heard me. All of his original stuff is covered and it includes albums that he guested on as well.


13. Rage Against the Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set)

The landmark album remastered, with new liner notes from Chuck D., live concert performances on DVD, and the original album demo.


14. Peter Gabriel’s “So” (25th Anniversary Immersion Box)

Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album is his most iconic. “Sledgehammer”, “In Your Eyes” and “Red Rain” still hold up.  The 25th anniversary edition is remastered and contains previously unreleased live audio and video, and new liner notes and rare photographs.


15. The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary Deluxe Set

These art-rock legends get the deluxe reissue treatment with 4 remastered albums plus 2 discs of demos and live peformances.


16. The Sex Pistols-Never Mind The Bollocks 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The seminal punk album sounds the best it ever has thanks to a new remaster from master tapes that were thought lost forever, but recently discovered. Also included are rare demos, outtakes, 7’inches and reproduced vintage promo materials.

17. Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set

This box set covers the first five albums by the glam legends, each album coming with a second disc of rarities. This is a great deal for Black Friday as it’s selling for $35.99, which is 27% off its original price!


18. Hitchcock-The Essential Collection

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Film score lovers will enjoy this collection of classic film scores, it also includes the theme to Hitchcock’s TV show! (Get his film box set here)


19. John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Expanded Edition]

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An awesome deluxe reissue of this underrated film’s awesome score. (I have more John Carpenter Goodness on the Blu-Ray/DVD list linked below).

So that wraps up Christmas Gifts: Best Music Box Sets of 2012.

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11 Responses to Christmas Gifts: Best Music Box Sets of 2012

  1. Molly November 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    OMG BUY ME THE JOHNNY CASH… PLEASE?! Wow is all I can say. Just wow. 🙂


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