out this week, 10/11 & 10/18: please please please let me get what I want...the smiths box set!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 21, 2011 08:00am | Post a Comment

I have been waiting for this week to arrive for a long time. The long awaited box sets by The Smiths have finally arrived. There are a lot of Smiths fans out there who have been counting down the days for these box sets to arrive. We all probably have about 4 or 5 all time favorite bands. Those bands that we love more than anything else. We collect everything we can by them. We have probably owned their albums on cassette, CD and LP. We have listened to their albums over and over again. We have watched the videos over and over again. We have read all we could about them. We have spent hours reading magazines and books about them. We then later spent years looking for articles and blogs on them online. Or spent hours and hours on message boards or chat rooms. We have seen them live in concert as much as we could afford to. Assuming the band actually toured when we could see them. These bands are usually the bands that you were really obsessed with in your late teens and early 20s. At least that is how it was for me. The bands that you discovered in junior high that you then became obsessed with in high school and college. The bands that your older siblings or cousins got you into. The bands that your friends that were cooler than you found out about first.  The bands that you can't imagine your life without. They are the soundtrack to our lives. We listened to them in our bedrooms late at night by ourselves. We later listened to them late at night with our best friends and girlfriends and boyfriends. We listened to them in the car with our parents and later with our friends. We listened to them on our first dates. We put their songs on compilations and mix tapes. We danced to their songs in our bedrooms by ourselves and later at clubs and parties and at friends houses. These are the bands that helped to create our favorite moments from our past. The songs that helped us to remember those memories.

There are probably about 50 or so bands that I love and am obsessed with. But I am talking more about the bands at the top of your list. These bands for me are Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order, The Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie & the Banshees & The Smiths. I have probably listened to these bands collectively more than all the other bands I love added together. All these bands have put out various box sets and reissues over the years. Depeche Mode gave us the Singles box sets reissued a couple of times. We got beautiful remastered 2CD version of all the Depeche Mode albums up to Exciter in 2006 and 2007. We also got a New Order box set called Retro in 2002. The New Order catalog got reissued in deluxe 2CD packaging in 2008. We got the Join the Dots Cure box set in 2004. The Cure catalog has all been reissued up to Disintegration which finally just came out last year. I am still waiting for that Wish reissue! The remastered version of Disintegration sounds just as amazing as you remember if not better! We got a Siouxsie & the Banshees box set Downside Up in 2004. Some of the Siouxsie & the Banshees albums were remastered and reissued in 2006 and 2009 as imports. But the whole catalog never got the compete domestic reissues that they deserve. I am still holding our for that too. The Cocteau Twins had a great EP box set come out in 1991. This box set was replaced by the Lullabies to Violaine set in 2005. Some of the Cocteau Twins albums have been remastered. But I would still love a comprehensive catalog box set from them as well.

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