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What was the First CD "Box Set" You Ever Purchased?


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Initial post: Apr 22, 2011 11:32:00 AM PDT
The first box set I ever bought was one of THE first ones ever offered: Bruce Springsteen and E Street band Live - 1975-85. It was on 3 cd's and had about 40 songs on it. It is still one of the best box sets you can get. A lot of really good songs and the quality of the recordings was very high.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 11:43:53 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 11:47:01 AM PDT
Dee Zee says:
Interesting question as box sets have been around for awhile.
Probably Biograph by Bob Dylan 1985 in vinyl. Then The Rolling Stones - Singles Collection - The London Years 1989, also vinyl.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 11:47:41 AM PDT
Don says:
Probably late 80s: Chess' Willie Dixon set containing two discs of Dixon-written tunes recorded by other Chess artists for the most part. Only a handful actually done by Willie.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:03:16 PM PDT
"Biograph", Bob Dylan. It was very exciting. On vinyl, of course; later came the CD version.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 12:06:25 PM PDT
I think it was Eric Clapton - Crossroads.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:08:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 4:09:22 PM PDT
W.H. says:
The first box set I ever bought was either Dusty Springfield's "Simply Dusty" or Jackie Wilson's "Titan Of Soul."

edit: I bought the original version of "Simply Dusty" when it was a new, expensive English import. I just went back to look at Amazon's reviews of it and I see that a new, improved version with more songs included is available for about half of what I spent on my old version. I may have to upgrade!

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:15:12 PM PDT
D. Golden says:
The Complete Robert Johnson

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:18:24 PM PDT
Springsteen & the E Street Band's 'Live/1975-85' was also my first one. I bought Dylan's 'Biograph' not too long afterwards. Both still sound terrific today.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:21:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 1:26:32 PM PDT
Led Zeppelin Remasters: Because back in 1992 this was quite an improvement in sound quality.

Wendy (Walter) Carlos "Switched On Bach" because if you like analog synthesizer and you like Bach, it's a no-brainer.

Nick Drake because if you like folk the guy could practically do no wrong. Only two songs out of about fifty annoy or bore me.

Miles Davis "The In a Silent Way Sessions" because I just cannot get enough of it.

Louis Armstrong "Hot Fives and Sevens" because fans told me it was the best of the best. I can only tolerate it in short doses. This is why in general, I avoid box sets. It's usually the "middle" phase of a musician's career I like. Early-period many artists are finding their way and late-period many lost their way...with some notable exceptions.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 12:50:47 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
4 cd set Byrds (90's vintage)....loved it then & still do.
It prompted me to pick up most of thier essential single cd reissues...sony did a pretty good job on them (for the most part).

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:09:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 1:31:25 PM PDT
Mine coincided with the time I started buying my very first CD's - around 1990. And that first box set was "Led Zeppelin".

It is still to this day my all time favorite box set. By far actually! And the purchase also fueled my love for the band as a whole. I quickly started buying the albums themselves to compliment the set (this was still when their catalog had only briefly existed on CD. I even have those long cardboard boxes for most the CD's).

I suppose the joy of really getting into the band at that time adds to my love and nostalgia for that box set. Yet, even on an "objective" level, it is my all-time favorite Led Zeppelin release (if just for the largely chronological wealth of "most" of their best music and the beautiful running order that Page himself sequenced). And the gorgeous SOUND of course. Back THEN, most CD's did not (and still don't) sound as nice as that set did/does.

And most retrospective sets seem to often be "thrown together", as if the artist often dreads being proud or reflective of their own work, but that Zeppelin one sparkles as a true heartfelt labor of love from the band (Page) itself.

The only tiny qualms I have is things like the false start intro to "Tangerine" being omitted. Or, naturally, a couple personal favorites I wish were added (Living Loving Maid, The Rover, Hot Dog). But that's just nit-picking for nit-picking sake on my part. It is the one Led Zeppelin release I would take first, without hesitation, to a deserted island. Although I would also do everything I could to sneak "In Through The Out Door", "Houses of the Holy" and "Led Zeppelin II" along for the trip as well...;)

As a sidenote, the VERY first CD I ever purchased was....

"Toys In The Attic" by Aerosmith - along with a cheap little two foot CD player to play the new inventions on. Looking back it seems amazing that's how it all began! And here it is over 20 years later and I can now hold a LIBRARY of those CD's in my pocket on something smaller than a calculator, in any custom order I desire! Not that I don't still cherish the silver discs. Indeed, I still prefer them as the main way to COLLECT the music (for permanent/tangible means).

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:16:20 PM PDT
Not sure which was first, but it would probably be between
Chuck Berry's 3-CD THE CHESS BOX, The Monkees' 4-CD LISTEN TO THE BAND
and Bruce Springsteen & The The E Street Band's 3-CD LIVE / 1975-85.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:41:12 PM PDT
Charlie Parkers Bird Complete Charlie Parker on Verve Box from 1988. Unfortunately tough to get great sounding Bird, but great box nonetheless. The super pimpadelic Miles Davis Box set of the Complete Columbia Albums was another interesting one. But the limited edition one in the trumpet case with a Special Edition Miles mouthpiece was a little too much over the top for my tastes. Bird: Complete Charlie Parker on Verve

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:42:26 PM PDT
S. Rice says:
First CD Box Set was David Sylvian - Weatherbox

First vinyl box sets were Nick Drake - 'Fruit Tree' & Sandy Denny - 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes?' (bought them both on the same day.)

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:52:42 PM PDT
D. Mok says:
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin. Then Phil Spector's Back to Mono and James Brown's Star Time.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:55:00 PM PDT
The first vinyl box was a birthday gift from my sister: 1979's Complete Buddy Holly.

My first CD box was The Complete Robert Johnson.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 1:58:12 PM PDT
spike genalo says:
20 Years of Jethro Tull

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 2:29:43 PM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
Richard Thompson's 3-CD set 'Watching the Dark: The History of...' -- it was released in 1993, but I bought it in 1999. (Later that year, I got Linda Ronstadt's 4-disc 'Box Set' for Christmas.)

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 2:37:17 PM PDT
Ayinger says:
Mine was the LIVE Springsteen set as well. The other's (and I'm talking the ones in the early lp-sized boxes) would have been Zeppelin's and the great Dreams set by The Allman Brothers.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 3:16:21 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
Bob Dylan "Biograph"

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 3:25:07 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Tough to say as I got mine when people working at Columbia House were buying things at the company store and selling them to the shops in Terre Haute. It was either: Old Friends: Simon and Garfunkel, The Doors boxed set or Message in a Box by the Police.

Had the Byrds boxed set on tape, but that doesn't count.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 3:31:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2012 7:14:43 PM PDT
My first CD box was either The Monkees "Listen to the Band" or Barry White's "Just For You".

No, I'm having a senior moment. It was "LENNON".

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 6:34:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2011 6:35:20 PM PDT
D. Mok says:
The Band's The Last Waltz re-release from 2002 is one of the best. There wasn't a single performance and arrangement of a The Band song on there that wasn't far superior to the original studio version.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 6:39:32 PM PDT
Galley says:
Springsteen - Live/1975-85
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