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A Budget Box Fit for a King or Queen (UPDATED)

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UPDATE (8/8 – 3:21 p.m.):

Rats! Eagle-eyed reader Jason Michael points out that the Amazon U.K. listing now offers for you to “sign up to learn when this title will be available.” When it comes back, here’s hoping the price is as good as it was!

Original post: Here’s an incredibly interesting deal from Sony’s U.K. budget arm: a rather thorough box set celebrating classic albums from merry old England!

It’s been a good year for queen and country. There was the Silver Jubilee in spring. This summer’s seen the 2012 Olympics hosted in London, with the host nation currently in third place for an overall medal count with 48 (22 of them gold). Then there’s been some great catalogue work by U.K. labels: Edsel‘s expanded editions of albums by Everything But the Girl, Sugar, The Beat and countless others; U.K.-exclusive box set editions of INXS’ Kick and The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols; and let’s not forget our reissue-loving pals at Super Deluxe Edition!

In that tradition comes Great British Albums, a PopMarket-esque box of 20 classic LPs on the Sony roster that were recorded by U.K. greats. While they’re modestly packaged – the lidded box contains all discs in CD wallet-sized reproductions of the original album sleeves – and don’t contain any bonus tracks, here’s the awesome catch for locals: on Amazon U.K., the price as of this writing is currently £5.05. (In the U.S., the set retails for about $67, which for the value of the set could be a lot worse.

To use a local phrase, what a bloody good deal! Great British Albums is out August 20; hit the jump to find out what’s inside!

Various Artists, Great British Albums (Sony Music CMG (U.K.), 2012)

  1. Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Wonderful (Blue Horizon 7-63205, 1968)
  2. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus (Island ILPS 9155, 1971)
  3. Mott The Hoople, All the Young Dudes (CBS 65184, 1972)
  4. Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow (Epic 69117, 1975)
  5. The Only Ones, The Only Ones (CBS 82830, 1978)
  6. The Clash, London Calling (CBS CLASH 3, 1979)
  7. John Cooper Clarke, Snap, Crackle & Bop (Epic 84083, 1980)
  8. The Psychedelic Furs, The Psychedelic Furs (CBS 84084, 1980)
  9. Judas Priest, British Steel (CBS 84160, 1980)
  10. Adam & The Ants, Kings of the Wild Frontier (CBS 84549, 1980)
  11. Big Audio Dynamite, This is Big Audio Dynamite (CBS 26714, 1985)
  12. Prefab Sprout, Steve McQueen (Kitchenware KWLP3, 1985)
  13. Deacon Blue, Raintown (CBS 450549, 1987)
  14. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses (Silvertone ORE LP 502, 1989)
  15. Primal Scream, Screamadelica (Creation CRELP 076, 1991)
  16. Manic Street Preachers, Everything Must Go (Epic 483930, 1996)
  17. Faithless, No Roots (Cheeky/BMG 82876 61077-2, 2004)
  18. Kasabian, Empire (Paradise/Columbia PARADISE37, 2006)
  19. Mark Ronson, Version (Sony BMG 88697 08003-2, 2007)
  20. The Vaccines, What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? (Columbia 88697 84145-2, 2011)

Written by Mike Duquette

August 8, 2012 at 12:14

Posted in Box Sets, News, Reissues

5 Responses

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  1. I tried to order this from Amazon UK but it now has no option to buy, just a “sign up to be notified when this album becomes available” notice. I figured it was too good to be true.

    Jason Michael

    August 8, 2012 at 15:16

    • I can’t imagine Amazon.co.uk will honor this obviously wrong price. If they do, then some people are going to score an AMAZING deal.

      The best price I could find outside of Amazon UK for this set is Amazon Canada who are selling it for $48.74.

      Jeremy Earle

      August 8, 2012 at 19:29

  2. HMV have this at £30.00 with a release date of 20th August. I suspect Amazon UK will be much the same. But just who is going to buy this diverse selection?

    Simon Franklin

    August 8, 2012 at 19:24

    • That’s what I’m wondering… the (Peter Green era) Fleetwood Mac album is one I’d be interested in, and I already own Blow By Blow (anyone who loves great guitar or 70s rock should have it already).

      London Calling is considered a classic so maybe, but I was never that into The Clash, and that Stone Roses debut is pretty good too (haven’t heard it in ages, but I liked it). That’s about all I’d possibly want out of that set though. Not really worth it for me, and I’d suspect that in spite of fair price for all that music that not many will want or care about everything that’s in there.

      Shaun

      August 8, 2012 at 22:49

  3. Let’s big up albums 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 15.

    Simon Franklin

    August 9, 2012 at 16:39


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