CD box sets

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...

Received direct from label, unsealed and outer box has some shelf wear. It's not bad, but could be better. I guess that's how these come now, so it is what it is. You have been warned. 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...

"Limited one-time collectors' edition released in 2008 and previously only available from MG.ART's mailorder.
The first disc is a remastered version of the 1990 Virgin CD reissue of Correlations, recorded and mixed at Panne-Paulsen Studio, Frankfurt, in 1978 by Mick Glossop and originally released by Virgin in 1979.
The second disc is the first release of Phantasus, Manuel Göttsching and Udo Arndt's original 1978 recording and mix of the album that was partially re-recorded and totally remixed to...

“Clamshell boxed set of archive live recordings by Baker Gurvitz Army made for BBC Radio & TV, independent radio & Radio Bremen, all from 1975.
Baker Gurvitz Army was formed in 1974 by former Gun and Three Man Army members Adrian Gurvitz (guitar, vocals), Paul Purvitz (bass, vocals) and virtuoso drummer Ginger Baker, formerly with Cream, Blind Faith and Airforce. The trio was soon augmented by the arrival of vocalist Mr. Snips (Steve Parsons) and keyboard player Peter Lemer (In Cahoots, Seventh...

"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...

Their fourth album from 1972 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. One of their greats from a great, under-heralded band.

“Released in November 1972, their fourth album was mainly recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with the epic ‘Moonwater’ being recorded with a full orchestra at Abbey Road...

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...

"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...

This is all five of the band's albums: Gorilla, The Doughnut In Granny's Greenhouse, Tadpoles, Keynsham and Let's Make Up And Be Friendly.
Essential, quintessentially British music and humor and a great outfit for their time.

"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

Arthur burst upon the UK scene with his extraordinary stage show and one huge hit single. After his original band, The Crazy World, fell apart, he regrouped with Kingdom Come, who released 3 albums, all originally unleashed on a unsuspecting public in 1972 & 1973, and they are all unique, crazed, chaotic space-rock albums that deserve closer attention 50 years later.

“A new boxed set featuring all of the albums recorded by the legendary ARTHUR BROWN & KINGDOM COME issued between October 1971...

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

• 6CD BOXED SET CELEBRATING THE WORK OF COLOSSEUM RECORDED BETWEEN 1968 AND 1971.
• A REMASTERED SET INCLUDING THE ALBUMS ‘THOSE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU’, ‘VALENTYNE SUITE’, ‘THE GRASS IS GREENER’, ‘DAUGHTER OF TIME’ AND ‘COLOSSEUM LIVE’ PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 12 BONUS TRACKS DRAWN FROM STUDIO SESSIONS AND LIVE RECORDINGS..
“Colosseum came together in 1968, the brainchild of virtuoso drummer Jon Hiseman and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith (who had played together in the Graham Bond Organisation and..

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...

This is ground zero for where Adrian Sherwood and On-U started. Included are:
Dub From Creation (1978)
Close Encounters Of The Third World (1978) 

Rebel Vibrations (1979
Starship Africa (1980) 

Psychotic Jonkanoo (1981)
Hostile Environment (2023) 

plus 36 page booklet with photos and 
sleevenotes, and 7 bonus tracks.


 “The spacy, mystical dub reggae of British group Creation Rebel is immersed in science fiction as well as Rastafarian traditions.
Origin

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..

"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...

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

“The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) is the 23rd studio album by The Fall. Originally recorded at Lisa Stansfield’s Gracieland Studios in between December 2002 and January 2003 with producer Grant Showbiz.
The subtitle is explained by the fact that the tracks were originally scheduled for release in April 2003 under the title ‘Country on the Click’. Promotional copies were sent out and three of the new songs were previewed in the band’s 23rd Peel Session, but Mark. E Smith was...

How to explain Family's 5th album (1971) 30 years later? Take a idiosyncratic vocalist, who, like Peter Hammill or Don Van Vliet you either grow to love or hate (Roger Chapman) combine his talents with a standard guitar-led rock format, but add a multi-instrumentalist who plays vibes/piano/flute, a great bassist (John Wetton!), and have the guitarist add mandolin at the right times. Stir this wild and creative mix of hard rock and and folk and shake it all up with a lot of thought and experimentation...

"Krautrock legends Faust are back with an unbelievable 4 disc live set. Recorded last year in the UK, it features many enduring Faust classics performed live for the very first time after all these years. The first two CDs in the set consist of...

“Dutch prog rock band Focus has been a household name worldwide for 50 years with hits such as "Hocus Pocus", "House Of The King", "Sylvia", "Tommy" and many others. In honor of this monumental band, Red Bullet Productions presents the boxset: Focus - 50 Years: Anthology 1970-1976, consisting of 9 CDs and 2 DVDs with remasters and never before released material, such as the 'Focus At The Rainbow' concert film from 1973!
This box set contains the complete work of Focus as released between 1970 and...

“Ninth in a series of boxed sets collecting King Crimson/Robert Fripp material from 1969 to 2008, this is the single largest set in the series and one of the most comprehensive boxed sets devoted to a single period of an artist’s career released to date
Features the complete collection of Robert Fripp’s studio and live solo material from 1977-1983
Covers the period from the first Exposure sessions to the end of The League of Gentlemen and final Frippertronics concerts.
Steven Wilson mixes...

“In May 2020 with much of the world in lockdown and reeling from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, Robert Fripp began uploading the first of 52 individual soundscapes on his YouTube channel, streaming platforms, and DGMLive.
Entitled Music For Quiet Moments and appearing once a week, these pieces created a space for reflection, offering a means of pausing from the day-to-day concerns and to provide a point of calm and perhaps, a sense of hope, in such troubled times.
By way of ...

Second of a three-box collection by one of the most innovative guitarists and composers of his generation, containing 8 ReR CDs, a bonus Fred title and a fat historic booklet with artwork, photographs, extensive notes & other comments by Fred, all packed into in a sturdy box - and at a budget price.
Box 2 Contains:
Live in Japan
Speechless
Prints
Step Across the Border
Impur 2
Art of Memory II
Skeleton Crew (2 x CDs)
plus bonus CD
Helter Skelter

First of a three-box collection by one of the most innovative guitarists and composers of his generation, containing 8 ReR CDs, a bonus Fred title and a fat historic booklet with artwork, photographs, extensive notes & other comments by Fred, all packed into in a sturdy box - and at a budget price.

Box 1 Contains:
Guitar Solos
Gravity
Cheap at Half the Price
Killing Time
Impur
Middle of the Moment
Keep the Dog (2 x CDs)
plus bonus CD
Dropera

Third of a three-box collection by one of the most innovative guitarists and composers of his generation, containing 8 ReR CDs, a bonus Fred title and a fat historic booklet with artwork, photographs, extensive notes & other comments by Fred, all packed into in a sturdy box - and at a budget price.
Box 3 Contains:
Technology of Tears
Propaganda
Allies
Accidental
The Previous Evening
Happy End Problem
Nowhere, Sideshow
Field days
plus bonus CD
In

Fruupp were a very good but basically overlooked Irish progressive band consisting of keyboards/oboe/vocals, guitars/vocals, bass/lead vocals & drums. Their albums were Future Legends (73), Seven Secrets (74), Prince Of Heaven's Eyes and Modern Masquerades (75).
This is all very high-quality stuff; well played and well crafted and performed by a road-tested band that played shows constantly, with a light touch and even some acoustic-ish passages that might remind one of Genesis' early prime...

"After a few seconds into Reaching For The Infinite, there can only be two reactions. First, seasoned listeners will feel satisfaction, while new ears will flood with intrigue. The album, the first disc of the sophomore five-CD set Amsterdam pianist Miha Gantar, kicks off a journey through several modes and lineages around the farthest reaches of the keys.
With his first release, 2022's five-CD Introducing, Slovenia-born artist pulled from musical disciples as diverse as his history with music itself..

"Amsterdam based Slovenian pianist and composer Miha Gantar has a very personal and very wide music vision, and the simultaneous release of several of its aspects seems logic, from the point of view of the artist but also of the listener, who is capable, this way, to achieve a complete experience of that sound world of a new, fresh, surprising and much welcomed player in the international creative music game. Each configuration (solo: “Origins of the Pure”; duo: “Songs and Serenades”; trio...

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...

This features guitarist/vocalist Steve Hackett leading an all-star group of Julian Colbeck-keyboards and vocals, Ian McDonald-sax, flute, keyboards, guitar and vocals, John Wetton-bass and vocals and Chester Thompson-drums. Phew.
There are 17 tracks recorded live in Tokyo, Japan, December 16 & 17, 1996, including lots of work from Hackett's solo albums, Genesis pieces and King Crimson (where having Ian McDonald there is something pretty special). There's also 3 studio recordings that are here for no....

"The legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note make a welcome return to the active catalog with this series of boxed sets. The set includes the albums Reunion, Arroyo, Trio!, My Panamanian Friend and Dancing to a Different Drummer."

Saddled with what I think is the worst name in the world, this is a band that I used to see in the bins in the early 70s, but never heard and never wanted to hear until I was tipped off that they were actually an extremely good psychedelic / proto-progressive trio!
This includes both of their 1970 studio albums, their first single, as well as a previousy unreleased studio album! Surprisingly great (or at least surprising to me!)

“These days, “prog rock” suggests music with flagrant classical..

OK! It’s not really 100% complete (see below), but there’s a wealth of great stuff and rarities here.

“The title of this boxed set is quite misleading, because Hawkins was a member of Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra for ten years from 1924, and recorded extensively with that outfit. At a conservative estimate, there are some 80 recordings which should have qualified for inclusion, yet not one appears (although his recordings with Fletcher's brother Horace do). Ignoring for a moment the disparity...