The Complete Albums Collection Box set
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
And overall, I love it. But it's not perfect.
First of all, let's start with the first album: Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Fantastic album. A god send. However, what some people don't know is that there were actually two versions of this album released. One in 1976, and a second version released in 1987. The 1987 version is a remix, and in my opinion is different enough to be considered a separate album.
The version included in this box set is the remixed one from 1987. That's a real shame. Not only because I like the 1976 version more, but also because this collection is called "complete", and actually isn't. Both versions of this album should have been included.
For this album only, I recommend instead picking up the 2 CD Deluxe Edition released in 2007. It includes both versions of the album, and the remastering on it is excellent.
For the rest of the albums, they all sound great. I think the versions in this box set do sound better than the last batch of remasters, however I can't really tell if these are newly remastered, or simply have been transferred better. But they do sound superior, whatever the case. [UPDATE: I was reading through the booklet and at the end, they mention that the remastering for the box set was done in 2013 - so it looks like these CDs are new remasters, and not based on the ones from the mid to late-2000s]
One thing that's surprisingly missing are the bonus tracks from all of the old remasters! I wasn't expecting that at all.Read more ›
The sound is just plain killer - smooth, strong, transcendent even. There will always be some compression issues on CDs when compared to vinyl, but you must have incredibly sensitive ears to be able to hear any on this collection. I also understand how some folks may be miffed that all the bonus tracks from the previous reissues weren't included, but I really do believe that if you're honest with yourself, you'll admit that the bulk of that material was little more than works in progress and did not really add a whole lot to the overall listening experience. The fact that material wasn't included likely makes the audio quality here all the stronger, as there's less than 45 minutes worth of information on each CD.
The outer cardboard box is nice and sturdy, as are the "album" covers included inside. Squeeze them slightly and the CDs slide right out. No struggle whatsoever, or worry of scratching. Sweet reproductions they are, too, and both "I Robot" and "Eve" replicate the gatefold aspect. (The "Stereotomy" gimmick with the plastic outer sleeve is not replicated.Read more ›
The packaging, while well done in appearance, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. I've only taken each disc out once, and can tell that the glued seams (especailly at the top glued edge) are going to separate with very little use. And while I appreciate the faithful album sleeve reproductions, the printed lyrics on some of the jackets are a joke (I'm looking at you, 'Eve', 'Turn of a Friendly Card' and 'Stereotomy). Would have been nice to use the booklet to reprint all of the lyrics at a reasonable font size, since, with the faithful jacket reproductions, we don't get ANY lyric sheet on albums that originally had them printed on the inner sleeves. Packaging gets 4 stars.
The new kid on the block, ' The Sicilian Defense,' was an interesting listen. A lot of it sounded like the soundtrack for the original TRON movie. A couple of the piano pieces were nice, and I could see floating a couple of those into some eclectic playlist, but overall, I don't think I'll revisit the whole album in its entirety again. It's a nice-to-have as an oddity, but not groundbreaking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent box set... I've been waiting to buy it for long time ago, but the price was an issue.
Anyway... It worth it... Read more
Incredible value for these updated mixes. These replace my original 1980's CD's and sound much more expansive than the originals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Hess
Loved all the CDs, but didn't like the price went from $70 to $100 when I bought it. Then a week later the price went down to $60.Published 4 months ago by Ross Anderson
I've been waiting for this collection ever since first hearing The Alan Parsons Project. Now I've got a complete collection! Read morePublished 4 months ago by ssands1
I first found out about the Alan Parsons Project because of Eric Woolfson's foray into the musical theatre world, so I bought and listened to I Robot (because I thought that would... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dan
it is amazing how deep the APP catalog is. As more of a casual fan, I really have enjoyed delving deeper into their music.Published 6 months ago by E H
A great collection, you can't go wrong with this. If you are a fan this is a good addition to you collection. Superb sound quality at a great price!Published 8 months ago by THUNBUY
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Are these the remastered versions?||
Looks like they will be remasters without the bonus tracks from the individual releases.
Mar 12, 2014 by Louis R. Vincze Jr. | See all 6 posts
|Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Remix? If so...not interestedd||
Nope! It's only the 1987 version.
Apr 3, 2014 by pixeleen | See all 3 posts
|Freudiana?||Be the first to reply|
|Is it possible for Amazon to put the Sicilian Defense album up as a...||Be the first to reply|