Roxy Music, The Complete Studio Recordings
In celebration of the band's 40th anniversary this box collects all the band's eight studio albums, from the experimental Brian Eno-assisted art rock of 1972's Roxy Music to the lush new wave serenades of 1982's Avalon. An additional 2-CD set sweeps up Roxy's non-album singles, giving you the entire catalog of a group whose influence is heard in bands from ABC to the Rapture.
The English Beat, The Complete Beat
Another complete discography of another British group, this time the great postpunk outfit the Beat (known in America as the English Beat). This set gives you their three studio albums plus two more discs of hot dance remixes and live performances.
Michael Jackson, Bad 25
MJ's 1987 blockbuster gets the deluxe reissue treatment, augmented with a disc of better-than-average outtakes and demos and a DVD of a 1988 concert. An all-around portrait of Jackson's gifts as a singer, songwriter, dancer and performer.
These five volumes feature over 150 R & B vocal group recordings from the prime years of rock's first decade, 1954 through 1958. Intermingling are huge national smashes, local hits and obscurities. The Five Satins' classic "In the Still of the Nite" is a dramatic, pleading ballad, The Silhouettes' "Get a Job" is an uptempo account of how the frustration of job-hunting strains relationships that's still relevant today, and the Chips' "Rubber Biscuit" is, uh, well, you'll have to hear for yourself.