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Monoliths

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I’ve been listening to Pet Sounds a lot lately. Maybe it’s the dreary weather; whenever I put on some Beach Boys things feel a bit sunnier. But it’s a heck of a record (as I’m sure most of you know) – one of those rarified few that’s hard to chop down entirely.

It’s also fascinating that it’s one on a rather short list of pop albums that have supported its own box set. The sprawling The Pet Sounds Sessions, released in 1997, chronicles the process of the album through alternate mixes, outtakes, other session excerpts and – perhaps most notably – the first-time stereo mix of the record. It was and is a fascinating listen.

So much so, in fact, that I’ve scoured many a discography lately trying to think of some albums that are worthy of such a treatment. There are already several album/box sets out there I can immediately think of. The Stooges had a few album boxes: Rhino Handmade released the massive 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions box in 1999, and Raw Power was tackled twice (one six-disc set by Easy Action Records in 2005 and the triple-disc box coming from Legacy this April).

Legacy has done a few album boxes based on some of their best-known singer-songwriters. Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run got the deluxe treatment in 2005, adding two DVDs to the mix. A similar approach was taken for Billy Joel’s The Stranger in 2008, which added an unreleased live set and a DVD. (Lightning will strike again soon, as Springsteen has discussed plans to do a similar box set for Darkness on the Edge of Town.)

I’m sure there are more. But as with most remastered-music discussions on The Second Disc, I’m interested as much in what can be as I am in what already is. To that end, I offer just a few ideas to the album/box set idea pile. As always, though, I would love to hear your ideas, too. Read on after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

February 23, 2010 at 20:46