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Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings Bringing the Ultimate Box Set Experience to Music Lovers of All Ages for the 2011 Holiday Season

 width=Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony , is bringing the box set experience to  music lovers of all ages and tastes this holiday season with the release of incredible value-packed career-spanning collections available in both the physical and digital realms at special holiday-only prices.

SME/Legacy, the world’s foremost catalog music label, has long pioneered and championed the box set  concept with -winning releases and ongoing popular and critical successes.  Whether a  simple collection of career-encompassing album titles or a specifically curated selection of tracks, the box set  offers listeners a chance to evaluate the depth and complexity of an artist’s output, presenting an experience  which amplifies and extends the thrill and immediacy of the latest single.  For who’ve created a lasting  body of work, a well-designed box set is an invaluable experience, for old and new fans alike.

This holiday season, SME/Legacy is bringing the box set to the digital realm with THE COLLECTION  available on the iTunes Store, a “multi-disc” one-click digital bundle of albums presenting an artist’s album  catalog at an incredible holiday-only price. Artists in THE COLLECTION include Alicia Keys (5 titles), Billy Joel  (15 titles), Brad Paisley (9 titles), Britney Spears (7 titles), Chevelle (4 titles), Christina Aguilera (6 titles) , Foo  Fighters (7 titles), Incubus (6 titles), John Mayer (5 titles), Kings Of Leon (5 titles), Leonard Cohen (11 titles),  Sarah McLachlan (8 titles) and Three Days Grace (3 titles).

THE COLLECTION series will include iTunes LPs containing the original artwork and liner notes for each  album.  Offering new value and convenience to the box set experience, THE COLLECTION will be available  online on iTunes beginning Tuesday, December 13.

In addition to THE COLLECTION digital offerings, Legacy Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment is  offering great holiday music values in the physical realm with box sets from the world’s most iconic and  enduring artists.

As digital technology helps restore and archive larger portions of the catalogs of Sony Music’s artists, it  becomes possible to release rare and previously unreleased material from long-established artists.

Among this season’s most luxurious must-have box sets from SME/Legacy:

Tony Bennett – The Complete Collection chronicles the entire career of the great American pop vocalist as documented in the albums and singles he’s made for Columbia Records (beginning in 1952 through the present), as well as his recordings for Roulette (an historic encounter with Count Basie and Orchestra in 1959), MGM (1972-73), Improv (Bennett’s own label from 1973-76) and Fantasy (a pair of sublime titles with pianist Bill Evans, released in 1975-76) on 73 CDs and 3 DVDs.

Elvis Presley – Young Man with the Big Beat – The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Recordings is a super deluxe 5-CD, 12-inch square box set (with an amazing 80-page book with timeline) focusing on Elvis’s studio recordings, from hits to outtakes, alongside live performances and interviews from 1956, the year Elvis (and Rock itself) broke into the pop mainstream.   The collection was recently nominated for the year’s Best Historical Album Grammy Award.

– Live at Winterland, a four-disc set drawn from six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco‘s historic Winterland Ballroom.   “Hendrix was a casual slash-and-burn bluesman, a shredder, a gunner, a riffer, a slinger of elevated sustained lines, a feedback screamer and a rhythm guitarist whose chords sang on their own,” wrote Jon Pareles in The New York Times 2011 holiday box set round-up. “These are prime performances, spontaneous and searing.”

Miles Davis Quintet – Live In 1967: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1, a 3 CD + set culled from original state-owned television and radio sources in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Sweden, spanning five northern European festival performances over the course of nine days in October-November 1967.   The audio shows consist entirely of previously unreleased or previously only bootlegged material.

Phil Spector Presents The Philles Album Collection, a 7 CD box set representing the most expansive collection ever to celebrate ‘s Wall Of Sound productions, “Tomorrow’s Sound Today.”   Released in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Philles Records label (1961-2011), this new box set eclipses all previous collections in its scope, gathering in mini-replica sleeves the first six original Philles albums from 1962-1964 (five by the Crystals, the Ronettes, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, plus the timeless Today’s Hits), and a brand-new CD of Spector’s never-before-collected instrumental B-sides.   Legacy Recordings has also released The Essential Phil Spector, a brand-new 35-song, double-CD collection gathering Spector’s game-changing recordings from his peak hit-making years from the Teddy Bears’ “To Know Him Is to Love Him” through the litany of 23 hits on the Philles label.

Other SME/Legacy Recordings Box Sets for 2011 include:

WYNTON MARSALISSwinging Into The 21st
11-Disc set / Price: $ 79.99
Columbia / Legacy
Available at Popmarket.com
and  WyntonMarsalis.org

LEONARD COHENThe Complete Columbia Albums Collection
17-Disc set / Price: $ 139.99
Columbia / Legacy
Available Exclusively at Popmarket.com

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 15 Minutes: Homage to Andy Warhol
3-CD, 4-LP + 17 12″X12″ art prints / Price: $600
(Standard Edition) and $20,000 (Deluxe Edition)
Legacy Recordings
Available at Fifteenminutesonline.com

BEN FOLDSThe Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective
3-CD set / Price: $22.98
Epic/Legacy

ALICIA KEYSsongs in A minor: 10th Anniversary Edition
2-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $29.99
MBK / J Records / Legacy

OZZY OSBOURNEBlizzard of Ozz Diary of a Madman: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Collector’s Box
3-CD, 2-LP, 1-DVD set / Price: $149.99
Epic / Legacy
Available at Ozzy.com

ROBERT JOHNSONThe Complete Original Masters: Centennial Edition
12-Vinyl, 4-CD, 1-DVD + book / Price: $349.00
Columbia/ Legacy
Available at TheCompleteRobertJohnson.com

ROY ORBISONThe Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964)
2-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $29.98
Monument / Orbison Records / Legacy

PEARL JAM – vs. and Vitalogy: Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set
5-LP, 3-CD, 1-Cassette / Price: $150.00
Epic / Legacy
Available at PearlJam.com

Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia
11-CD, 1-DVD set / Price: $129.99
Columbia / Legacy
Available at ArethaFranklin.net

GEORGE Faith: Deluxe Edition
2-CD, 1-LP, 1-DVD set / Price: $173.92 (Amazon)
Epic / Legacy
Available at Amazon.com
Special edition also available at Amazon.com

SOURCE Legacy Recordings