In a time when you can stream or download nearly any album, from any artist, from any moment in time, stepping up the physicality of the music you listen to can make all the difference. A prime example of that is the box set. Sure, you can listen to the Pixies on YouTube, but that giant Minotaur box set and its accompanying art book and a through-line to the band’s entire catalog offer a serious immersion experience.
Then there are those that are looking for something nice to put on the shelf, the Talking Heads’ Brick acting as either an aesthetic object to beautify a room and/or as proof of culture to catch the eye of visitors. And then there are also the completists, those who need the alternate takes to John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”, the acoustic demos of Nirvana’s “Rape Me”, every single Big Star alternate mix. Whatever your reason, the box set is a comprehensive, unique, powerful experience, and our list offers up some of the very best.