Plastic Box Box set, Limited Edition
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The first giant ommission is the album Commercial Zone (the last studio album to feature Keith Levene, but never officially released). Unfortunately, its inclusion was never a possibility. Besides the bad blood that exists between the band members, there are licensing issues involved that will keep this title forever in unofficial bootleg or download world. It does appear (along with outtakes) on a long out-of-print Japanese issue: Never Mind the Public Image. Amazon lists it as "currently unavailable" but you might have some luck if you Google the title and find a Japanese site that still has it available (or try an international seller from that world-famous auction site).
The remaining tracks from the vaults that could have appeared, but didn't, are another matter.Read more ›
What is it?
* Almost every track from their first five studio albums, Public Image, Metal Box, Flowers of Romance, This is What You Want This Is What You Get, and Album
* A couple of tracks each from Happy, 9, and That What Is Not
* A hodge-podge of outtakes and one-off releases
* A hodge-podge of remixes, but only some of them
* Two BBC sessions, one early and one late
What's to like?
* I prefer the remastering from the box set to the original CD masters. While some remastering jobs are overdone, I didn't find that to be the case here.
* I appreciate being able to get ahold of the various outtakes, one-offs, and remixes. In particular, I like the Metal Box-era outtakes, 1/2 Mix Megamix and Another (vocal version of Graveyard).
* The BBC sessions are very good. The second one gives me a greater appreciation for some of the songs from That What Is Not, even though I think the album as a whole is rubbish.
What's not to like?
* I'm not sure what the point is to releasing 90% of the first five albums. A serious fan absolutely has to get Metal Box anyway, but what about the other albums? Someone who bought this might not recognize how powerful the other individual albums were on their own. Even if the missing tracks aren't the most important ones, they still are important to the album's coherence. As for me, I ended up buying most of the albums anyway.
* This Is Not A Love Song is presented in a remix with most of the lyrics omitted.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to respond to the review that states this collection is a casualty of the loudness wars. I disagree. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Myshack
I've measured the waveforms of both 1999 and 2009 releases of this box-set -- both are the same. The average level is boosted by ~ 60% relative to the 1980s CD releases of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by davip
After owning the entire PiL discography I felt kinda foolish buying this, but it turned out to be a good purchase. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Christopher Horton
This is a heavily compressed remaster. Sadly 2009 was smack in the middle of the loudness wars and so the compression on this box is a full frontal assault on your ears. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by dh
Have always liked PiL since when I was a teenager in the late 80's, but was a casual fan. After picking up their first 2 LP's within the past 10 years, then seeing them in 2012 I... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Prepaid Gift Card
It was great news when Virgin/PiL announced that 'Plastic Box' was getting reissued in 2009. At that point, the ten-year-old, four-disc compilation was selling for $150-$200 on... Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Nicholas Wilhelmy
I've followed PiL since their first LP and only now am I getting around to completing my CD collection of their titles, which required that I acquire PLASTIC BOX. Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by The Magic Christian
This box set has all the highlights from PiL's studio works (in the form of either album tracks or BBC sessions)... Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Brent Rusche