CD box sets

One of the founders of the AACM, this includes just a huge number of important musicians from the Chicago AACM scene and much, much more.

"Muhal Richard Abrams got his start on the Chicago bop circuit playing with everyone from Dexter Gordon...

"American jazz musician George Adams was a multi-instrumentalist - tenor saxophone, flute, bass clarinet - who is best known his work with jazz legends Charles Mingus, Gil Evan and Roy Haynes. This collection from Black Saint/Soul Note is a fitting...

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Belgian electric jazz trio of Fabrizio Cassol (sax), Michel Hatzigeorgiou (elec bass) & Stéphane Galland (drums) are re-releasing their entire output (plus!) in one very specially priced set!

"Since 1992, the year Aka Moon was formed, a series of albums has marked the history of the legendary jazz trio, which this set of twenty CDs now gives you a chance to relive. After a journey of initiation in Central Africa with the Aka Pygmies, Fabrizio Cassol...

"The Complete Jan Akkerman is a new 26 CD box set which brings together all the studio albums (and more) of Dutch guitar legend Jan Akkerman, who found international success with the band Focus.
The creative guitarist is well known for his individualistic style, combining rock, jazz, blues, and baroque into his solo projects. This 26-disc set includes the solo studio long-players, his most important live recordings and a CD of rare and previously unreleased tracks.
The booklet includes a...

The box and the booklets are really beautifully done. Now here comes the party line:
"The Art Box marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most eclectic, dynamic and productive creative alliances in the history of experimental music. Featuring...

“Art Zoyd is a quartet, but their instrumental arsenal produces the sound of a mighty orchestra.”
The New York Times

“...the uncompromising classic 1982 opus Phase IV is justifiably considered one of the group's peak accomplishments. The Rock in Opposition co-founders marry dark, unsettling atmospherics à la Univers Zero to precise minimalist constructs with hints of Philip Glass or Steve Reich.”
AllMusic


"Syliphone was the national record company established in 1959 by the government of newly independent Guinea. Syliphone's premier ensemble was the Syli Orchestre National, which included many of the country's best modern instrumentalists -- among them...

A lavish 4 CD boxed set celebrating the solo rock and classical work of Genesis founder & keyboardist Tony Banks, with 48 tracks selected by Tony Banks, four previously unreleased recordings and a 60 page book with an exclusive interview with Banks...

A super-duper deluxe edition of the 1970 art rock classic debut album by Barclay James Harvest.

"Features an additional 33 bonus tracks drawn from new 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes from the original multi-track master tapes, BBC radio sessions from 1968 and 1971, and non-album singles along with the 1968 short film Mr. Sunshine.
The set also includes a lavishly illustrated 68-page book with previously unseen photographs and an essay by BJH specialists Keith and Monika Domone...

Third album by this British group that came out of the English progressive movement of the 60's. Their music combines elements of The Moody Blues, to whom they are always compared, but also the more mellow parts of early King Crimson and Genesis. This was their 3rd album, released in 1971 and is yet another strong symphonic rock contender.

“This expanded edition of “…Other Short Stories” comprises 40 tracks and features the original UK stereo mix re-mastered from the original master tapes and...

"Turtle Records is proud to present these excellent performances, now transferred and collated, which capture the group playing a variety of some well-known compositions plus a large number of Gordon Beck originals, which are surely a must for any serious modern jazz fan.
They chronicle a peak period of creativity and performance by Gordon involving key lineups of his groups with musicians including a who's who of British Jazz: Jeff Clyne, Johnny Butts, Ron Mathewson, John McLaughlin, Tony Oxley...

This is a great set of music with a fascinating story. In brief, Harry Bertoia was a jeweler, sculptor and furniture designer (among other things) who, staring in the 50s, began to sculpt sculptures which produced sound, made of tall vertical rods.

In the late 70s, there were 11 privately released recordings made and released by Bertoia. Now for the first time anywhere, all 11 of them are reissued taken from their original master tapes.

This is a must for fans of experimental sounds....

Contents:
Funnel to a Thread
Half a True Day
Invisible Map
Object Holder
Gyromancy
and the box-only bonus Counterbalance.

The music on the bonus disc is all unheard music built from the group archives and is dedicated to Charles O'Meara, who contributed his piano work to the group for several decades.

“Without any obvious keystone event, Biota – who started recording in the late 1970’s as the Mnemonist Orchestra – have quietly become a musical fixture...

This is your last chance on this apparently now out of print set!

Chicago’s Bitchin Bajas have released a bunch of great, vinyl-only, cosmic, deep space, electronic / krautrock albums.
Think Cluster + Terry Riley + 1975-era T Dream sequences and you get the idea.
This totally wonderful set takes all of their USA vinyl-only releases for Drag City and reissues them on CD for the first time in a nice and very reasonably priced package; you want this! “It wasn’t so long ago....”...

Ed Blackwell was one of the giants of 20th century drumming and this includes two albums by the stupendous Ornette repertory band Old And New Dreams and players such as Dave Holland, Dewey Redman, David Murray, Alvin Baptiste and more...

Improvisations
Duke Dreams
Suffield Gothic
Short Life of Barbara Monk
Epistrophy
Unmarked Van
Indian Winter
"The legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note make a welcome return to the active catalog with this series of specially-priced boxed sets that highlight some of the label's finest artists. Ran Blake - The Complete Remastered Recordings features seven discs in slipcases with original album artwork housed in a clamshell box."

"Containing all the Blegvad Trio and Quintet studio releases: Downtime, Just Woke Up, Hangman’s Hill and Go Figure – all re-mastered and repackaged - plus two additional CDs of unreleased studio recordings and live performances, mostly featuring songs not available on the studio CDs - as well, of course, as a fat, definitive, book of photographs, memorabilia, drawings, documents and recollections by the main actors.
ReR released the first Peter Blegvad Trio LP in 1988 and since then there's been a...

Paul Bley has been a monster of the modern jazz movement/avant-garde since the mid 50s. Remember, the earliest recordings of Ornette are when Ornette was a part of Paul's band, and he's only developed from there!

This has the albums Sonor...

Limited edition of only 1,000 copies made. This sounds pretty amazing: "This is a 3CD compilation of the rare and beautiful complete works of Chile-based Blops. If you think you like El Congreso, if you love Kissing Spell and Embrujo, you will adore...

Man, I miss Lester. He used to come to DC pretty often and I loved the way he approached avant-garde music. Completely seriously, musically, but always with a twinkle in his eye (the lab coat, baby). "Trumpeter Lester Bowie was a composer and a co...

Brân (Welsh for ‘crow’) existed from 1974-1978, generally working in a folk/rock territory and releasing 3 lps. The band was noteworthy for recording all of their works sung in Welsh.

“Rise Above Relics has spent several painstaking years collating as much information and memorabilia as we possibly could, in order to bring you this definitive collection.
A Box Of Brân brings together all of the bands commercially released output, namely their three studio albums for Sain Records:...

"Trillium E is the first-ever studio recording of an Anthony Braxton opera. The deluxe four-disc set documents this surreal and witty installment in Braxton's ongoing Trillium cycle, and includes a booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays...

"This historic edition — Clean Feed’s one hundredth release — is a four-disc set that features two extraordinary musicians who before this session had never played together: multi-reedist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Joe Morris. “Four Improvisations (Duo

While they last, this amazing set is $11.00 off the regular price!

Hot damn! This is 3 full discs of Jack's BBC recordings, most of which have not be legitimately released before! You get: (the incredible) 9/18/71 show done for the Harmony Row tour with Jack, Graham Bond, Chris Spedding, Art Themen and John Marshall, the 8/10/71 and 6/26/78 sessions with Jack, John Surman and Jon Hiseman, the BBC TV show by the Bruce/Carla Bley band from 6/6/75 and the 4/14/77 session by Jack, Hughie Burns

This is five titles from Billy: Spectrum, Total Eclipse, Crosswinds, A Funky Thide Of Sings and Shabazz!


My dear, late friend Scott had a big collection of 'spoken word' albums that he inherited from his father. There was a lot of weird stuff in there, but the weirdest were the two albums he had by these two guys. The description below sums it all up...

These two guys left a hugely successful pop band (10cc) at the peak of their success to invent an ahead of its time music instrument device and to make a ahead of its time concept recording about ecological breakdown taking its revenge on mankind!
This is the original 3 album set, the ‘Music From Consequences’ single disc and a radio edit promo version of the album.

“42 years to wait for the first US/UK CD release of a cult classic? When you hear this, you'll be amazed that the world had to..

“This is the first comprehensive collection of recordings surveying the career of renowned, American cellist Charles Curtis.
Selected by Curtis and Tashi Wada from recordings spanning the past two decades, the collection offers a broad, inclusive view of Curtis's activities across the diverse worlds of music he inhabits, containing rare, unreleased recordings, and never-before-released music by Terry Jennings, Richard Maxfield, Éliane Radigue, Alison Knowles, and Curtis.
The wide-ranging scope..

Seven albums by this great jazz drummer from the 60s forward. The albums include Metamusician's Stomp, Nuba, Something In Return, Special People, The Navigator, X-Man, Good To Go, and includes musicians such as David S. Ware, Jimmy Lyons, Ted Daniel...

What do you need to know? This is blazing hot stuff and Johnny Mac & Jack DeJohnette is all over it. That's what you need to know!

"If the Bitches' Brew album opened the door to jazz fusion, Jack Johnson punched the door down led by guitarist John McLaughlin, Miles and the band (Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette and many others) put together a record that rocked as ferociously as any early '70s album you'd care to name. This 5-CD set that contains the complete sessions that resulted in...

"He's so tied up in his music that even his friends don't understand what he's trying to do." Miles Davis on Coltrane.

"Bottom line--this is a great set of Davis' quintet with Coltrane-tenor sax, Wynton Kelly-piano, Jimmy Cobb-drums, and Paul..

“Gorgeous and comprehensive 10CD retrospective of the legendary progressive rock / avant-garde band from Mexico City, Decibel!
Compiles all of the band’s studio albums to date as well as live recordings and more!
The 10 discs come in individual wallets with a booklet that includes liner notes and rare photos, all packaged in a deluxe clamshell box!
The band was influenced by such visionaries as Henry Cow, Faust, Magma and 20th century composer Karlheinz Stockhausen!” ...

This group's 1st, self-titled album is classic progressive/fusion release by a quartet instrumental Italian band. Fender Rhodes piano/synths/cello, guitar/tenor sax, bass & drums. Like a bit less adventurous version of The Muffins circa Manna/Mirage, it's a minor jazz-rock classic.

"Less known to the Italian prog fans than many other far more acclaimed colleagues, the Piedmontese band Dedalus are among the most daring acts - and hence, progressive in the truest sense of the word - of the '70s...

A quintet of albums by the legendary British singer packaged together in a slim-line slipcase. Includes
The North Star Grassman & The Ravens
Sandy
Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
Rendezvous
Gold Dust : Live 1977

"Odyssey is the definitive compendium of solo trumpet music by Bill Dixon, as compiled by the artist. Dixon (1925-2010) was known primarily for his small and large ensemble masterpieces of the decades between Intents and Purposes (1967) and Tapestries (2009). While he appeared infrequently in solo performances, he was continually evolving in studio through these years a remarkably nuanced and powerful solo music -- especially during the mid-1970s, as a counterpart to daily work with student orchestras...

“Spittle Records in co-operation with Officine Fonografiche Italiane present The World Of The Doubling Riders, The Doubling Riders' complete works.
The Doubling Riders were born in the middle of the '80s from the ashes of A.T.R.O.X. and around the trio of Francesco Paladino, Pier Luigi Andreoni, and Riccardo Sinigaglia. Especially thanks to their collaboration with international artists such as Pascal Comelade, Ira Stein, and Vox Populi,
The Doubling Riders stand out from the rest of other...

I remember buying the 1st CD in this set, Parallel Worlds, when Dave was still a member of Doctor Nerve and this was his first solo album and being rather amazed at just what a great bandleader this guy who I only knew as 'a trumpeter' was! Shows you...

Compiles FIVE of Bob's NINE solo CDs, with a disc of rarities and outtakes included, JUST SO the fans will want to spring for this.

"This includes Bob's solo CDs Little Black Train, The Skull Mailbox and Other Horrors, XIII Songs and a Thing, The Shunned Country, & Bob's Drive-In, plus a specially curated collection of outtakes...in a sturdy box w/ cover & spine art.
Like Bob's most recent album Arx Pilosa (2016), much of the material on the CDs in this box set are so remarkable it's..

“Factory Benelux presents a deluxe edition of Without Mercy, the fourth studio album by cult Manchester group The Durutti Column, originally issued in 1984 and widely regarded as Vini Reilly's most ambitious album. In 1983, Durutti Column mentor/manager Tony Wilson asked Vini Reilly to abandon fleeting guitar miniatures in favor of a long-form modern classical piece. The result was an ambitious 20 minute instrumental suite, Without Mercy, performed by core Durutti duo Vini Reilly and Bruce Mitchell...

"...the folk guitar-playing equivalent of William Burroughs or Bukowski. (Fahey) had a real edge to him."-Pete Townshend

This thing is huge (lp-sized) and lovely. This is one of the nicest boxes you can imagine - as nice as the Revenant Ayler...

A quintet of albums by the legendary British folk-rock ensemble packaged together in a slim-line slipcase. Includes
Fairport Convention
What We Did On Our Holidays
Unhalfbricking
Liege & Lief
Full House

A quintet of albums by the legendary British folk-rock ensemble packaged together in a slim-line slipcase. Includes
Angel Delight
Babbacombe Lee
Rosie
Nine
Rising For The Moon

This nicely packaged and well put together six CD set also presents the period of the band where I personally start to get really interested in their work. Conditionally highly recommended.

“This boxset brings together two classic albums alongside a host of John Peel sessions, Kamera singles, live performances and the group's live album In A Hole, recorded during their tour of New Zealand and originally released on Flying Nun Records.
1982 was a decisive year for The Fall. Their critically...

This 5 CD set contains all Fausts early classic albums, a John Peel session and unreleased early material. The 40 page booklet is stuffed with unpublished photos, stills from super 8 footage of the famous studio at Wumme, and revealing interviews with ...

Co-led by the great guitarist Jan Akkerman and keyboardist Thijs Van Leer, Focus are the best known Dutch progressive rock band, thanks to their 'novelty hit' Hocus Pocus. Novelty or not, it was a great song with unbelievable hot solos, and was one of the first progressive rock tunes to be a hit in the USA (and certainly was the first basically instrumental progressive rock hit).
This is all of their albums at a bargain price (and especially a bargain when you consider how hard it has been to find,,,

The Giorgio Gaslini box includes the albums Murales, New Orleans Suite, Free Actions, Graffiti, Sharing, Live at the Public Theatre in New York, Ecstasy, Four Pieces, Indian Suite, Monodrama, and Skies of China.

Some of the musicians appearing...

Self-released by the ex-members of the band, ths double set consists of one CD of mostly very early, unreleased material (circa their 1st album) and one CD of demos and studio rehearsals. Nicely packaged, with a large booklet, this is ...

"Over recent years, Jazzman has delved deep into the life and work of the late French jazz pioneer Jef Gilson. The outcome has been two double albums featuring the best of his life's work, and has included many previously-unreleased tracks. As well as...

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Curated by Steve Hillage and released with the full involvement of original members, legendary psychedelic surrealists Gong are the subject of a new Box Set with the release of Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-1975.
Released to coincide with Gong’s 50th Anniversary, the box set covers the band’s classic years in a stunning package that includes: their seminal first four Virgin studio albums plus bonus tracks; previously unreleased, multi-tracked full gigs, the...