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Music: Ultimate Box Sets Perfect for Christmas Gifting

De.c 13, 2011
Photograph of the complete Tony Bennett Collection

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is bringing the box set experience to music lovers of all ages and tastes this holiday season with the release of career-spanning collections available in both the physical and digital realms.

This holiday season, SME/Legacy is bringing the box set to the digital realm with THE COLLECTION available on the iTunes Store, a "multidisc," one-click digital bundle of albums presenting an artist's album. Artists in THE COLLECTION include Alicia Keys (5 titles), Billy Joel (15 titles), Brad Paisley (9 titles), Britney Spears (7 titles), Chevelle (4 titles), Christina Aguilera (6 titles), Foo Fighters (7 titles), Incubus (6 titles), John Mayer (5 titles), Kings Of Leon (5 titles), Leonard Cohen (11 titles), Sarah McLachlan (8 titles) and Three Days Grace (3 titles).

THE COLLECTION series will include iTunes LPs containing the original artwork and liner notes for each album. THE COLLECTION is available online on iTunes beginning Dec. 13.

In addition to THE COLLECTION digital offerings, Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment is offering holiday music values in the physical realm with box sets from the world's most iconic and enduring artists.

Among this season's box sets from SME/Legacy:

Tony Bennett - The Complete Collection chronicles the entire career of the great American pop vocalist as documented in the albums and singles he's made for Columbia Records (beginning in 1952 through the present), as well as his recordings for Roulette (an historic encounter with Count Basie and Orchestra in 1959), MGM (1972-73), Improv (Bennett's own label from 1973-76) and Fantasy (a pair of sublime titles with pianist Bill Evans, released in 1975-76) on 73 CDs and 3 DVDs.

Elvis Presley - Young Man with the Big Beat - The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Recordings is a super deluxe 5-CD, 12-inch square box set (with an amazing 80-page book with timeline) focusing on Elvis's studio recordings, from hits to outtakes, alongside live performances and interviews from 1956, the year Elvis (and Rock itself) broke into the pop mainstream. The collection was recently nominated for the year's Best Historical Album Grammy Award.

Jimi Hendrix - Live at Winterland, a four-disc set drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom. "Hendrix was a casual slash-and-burn bluesman, a shredder, a gunner, a riffer, a slinger of elevated sustained lines, a feedback screamer and a rhythm guitarist whose chords sang on their own," wrote Jon Pareles in The New York Times 2011 holiday box set round-up. "These are prime performances, spontaneous and searing."

Miles Davis Quintet - Live In Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1, a 3 CD + DVD set culled from original state-owned television and radio sources in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, spanning five northern European festival performances over the course of nine days in October-November 1967. The audio shows consist entirely of previously unreleased or previously only bootlegged material.

Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection, a 7 CD box set representing the most expansive collection ever to celebrate Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound productions, "Tomorrow's Sound Today." Released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Philles Records label (1961-2011), this new box set eclipses all previous collections in its scope, gathering in mini-replica LP sleeves the first six original Philles albums from 1962-1964 (five by the Crystals, the Ronettes, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, plus the timeless Today's Hits), and a brand-new CD of Spector's never-before-collected instrumental B-sides. Legacy Recordings has also released The Essential Phil Spector, a brand-new 35-song, double-CD collection gathering Spector's game-changing recordings from his peak hit-making years from the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him" through the litany of 23 hits on the Philles label.

Other SME/Legacy Recordings Box Sets for 2011 include:

WYNTON MARSALIS - Swinging Into The 21st11-Disc set / Price: $ 79.99Columbia / Legacy Available at Popmarket.comand WyntonMarsalis.org

LEONARD COHEN - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection17-Disc set / Price: $ 139.99Columbia / Legacy Available Exclusively at Popmarket.com

VARIOUS ARTISTS - 15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol 3-CD, 4-LP + 17 12"X12" art prints / Price: $600 (Standard Edition) and $20,000 (Deluxe Edition)Legacy Recordings Available at Fifteenminutesonline.com

BEN FOLDS - The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective 3-CD set / Price: $22.98 Epic/Legacy

ALICIA KEYS - songs in A minor: 10th Anniversary Edition 2-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $29.99MBK / J Records / Legacy

OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard of Ozz & Diary of a Madman: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Collector's Box 3-CD, 2-LP, 1-DVD set / Price: $149.99Epic / Legacy Available at Ozzy.com

ROBERT JOHNSON - The Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition 12-Vinyl, 4-CD, 1-DVD + book / Price: $349.00Columbia/ Legacy Available at TheCompleteRobertJohnson.com

ROY ORBISON - The Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964)2-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $29.98Monument / Orbison Records / Legacy

PEARL JAM - vs. and Vitalogy: Limited Edition Collector's Box Set 5-LP, 3-CD, 1-Cassette / Price: $150.00Epic / Legacy Available at PearlJam.com

ARETHA FRANKLIN - Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia 11-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $129.99Columbia / Legacy Available at ArethaFranklin.net

GEORGE MICHAEL - Faith: Deluxe Edition 2-CD, 1-LP, 1-DVD set / Price: $173.92 (Amazon)Epic / Legacy Available at Amazon.comSpecial edition also available at Amazon.com



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