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The Oklahoma-based family band - brothers Caleb Followill (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Jared Followill (bass) and Nathan Followill (drums) and cousin Matthew Followill (guitar) - have earned critical raves from the beginning. Debut album Youth and Young Manhood (2003), which deftly combined Southern-fried boogie with a helping of garage-rock stomp, was named one of the top 10 albums of the year by Rolling Stone and NME. Follow-ups Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005) and Because of the Times (2007) continued to build KoL's enthusiastic fan base and critical cachet.
But it was 2008's Only by the Night that established Kings of Leon's place in the modern rock canon. Loaded with some of their most urgent tunes to date, including "Sex on Fire" and "Notion," Only by the Night also turned out a worldwide smash in the anthemic "Use Somebody," which won the band three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, in 2009. The stage was set for 2010's hard-driving Come Around Sundown, their most recent studio effort, to take audiences by storm thanks to fiery cuts like "Radioactive" and "Pyro."
The Collection brings together, in one custom collectible box, all five KoL albums - all featuring bonus tracks previously only available on international pressings - as well as 2009's Live at The O2 London, England DVD. This set is your one-stop guide to Kings of Leon as they embark on exciting new ventures in the coming year.
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Just a few notes on the CDs (5CDs, 66 tracks; 237 min.), the first four albums are a straight-forward reissue. But note that the most recent album "Come Around Sundown" is included here in its 'deluxe edition', with 3 additional tracks (a terrific "Celebration", which is one of the better songs of the entire album and by all means should've been included on the regular album), and remixes of "Radioactive" and "Closer", the latter being completely redone.
As to the DVD, it is a straight-forward reissue of the 2009 release "Live at the 02 London, England" (22 songs; 100 min.), and I'm guessing that this inclusion could be quite enticing to those that 'like' KOL but wouldn't otherwise be bothered to buy their only concert DVD to date. This was recorded at the height of their tour in support of the band's monster-breakout (in the US anway) album "Only By the Night", and the selist reflects this (8 of the album's 11 tracks are on here).
Bottom line: if you have the urge to buy most of KOL's output in one fell swoop, you cannot go wrong with this. No, this is NOT the entire KOL (tons of B sides and one-offs such as the excellent 2006 live EP called "Day Old Belgian Blues" are MIA), but this is not the intent of this box set.Read more ›
This set was made for someone like me. I couldn't get enough KOL but the only record store I'll buy from is quite a distance and I'm on a tight budget. I couldn't be happier with this box set and wish that more bands had such a great deal for their music library.
If you are looking into this set you probably know the bands hits and are wondering what else may be good and to that I say "A Lot!". Kings of Leon may be a classic southern rock band in their style but they do so love to experiment. Many songs I have found don't jump out at you as great until a week later you're still stuck on that cool bass beat (I play around on the bass so thats my thing) or odd guitar riff. Every alblum of theirs deserves multiple listening and you may find that a song that you didn't even like grows on you and takes ahold of you and won't let go. Such is the nature of good rock bands.
So take a chance. It is a very good deal if you don't already have their alblums. I bought it even though I had one already and it's still worth it.
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I really loved the service, it was right on time, no damage I got my money's worth!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great set. Highly recommended for anyone interested in KOL's back catalogue. I think all 5 of these albums are fantastic!Published 6 months ago by O. Albretsen