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One Stop Shopping: “Complete Collections” Coming From Denver, Washington, Kansas and Shorter

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No sooner did your catalogue correspondent pop a very old disc of John Denver’s 1985 Dreamland Express into the CD player than the news arrived that Dreamland Express would be collected along with 23 (!) other Denver LPs in Legacy’s new The Complete Albums Collection.   But that’s not all.  Following the first wave of releases which arrived just over two months ago, the catalogue initiative continues!  For the uninitiated, The Complete Album Collection box sets bring together an artist’s entire tenure at a label (in these cases, Columbia, Kirshner, Sony Classical and RCA) in one tidy box set, with albums in individual mini-LP sleeves and booklets containing brief essays and credits for each album.  The first four artists to receive this treatment were The Byrds, Sam Cooke, Stan Getz and Return to Forever, while joining the beloved country legend Denver in this new batch are jazz greats Grover Washington, Jr. and Wayne Shorter, plus classic rock heroes Kansas.  There is even special material, when applicable.  A rare privately-pressed 1966 LP appears on the John Denver box, Kansas’ live Two for the Show has been expanded into a 2-disc Legacy Edition for its 30th anniversary, and two bonus discs are in the Shorter box collecting the saxophonist’s compositions recorded by his group Weather Report.

We’ll put up track listings later, but in the interest of passing this information to you as quickly as possible, hit the jump for the titles included in each box set and the label-supplied information for each title!  All titles can be pre-ordered exclusively at Sony’s indispensable online PopMarket store. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 27, 2011 at 09:12