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Top 5 Classic Rock Collections: 2006 Box Sets


I can't help but like the concept of the boxed set. In addition to providing a musical career retrospective, there are the extra goodies like previously unreleased tracks, photos, video, slick booklets and other assorted memorabilia. This makes them attractive for either starting a collection or adding to an existing one.

Here are my picks for the best of the classic rock boxed sets released in 2006.

1. The Doors - Perception

Surviving founding members Ray Manzerek, John Densmore and Robbie Krieger were involved in remastering the six albums recorded before Jim Morrison's death, and the selection of previously unreleased bonus tracks. This massive six-CD/six-DVD set was released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Doors album.
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2. The Byrds - There Is a Season

Virtually everything ever recorded by folk rock pioneers, The Byrds, including several previously unreleased recordings, are included on this four-CD, one-DVD box set. The CDs provide a chronological record of the band's work from 1964 through 1973, plus a 1990 reunion. The DVD features ten rare TV clips from the 60s. The project was supervised by original members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman.
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3. Buddy Guy - Can't Quit the Blues

The list of classic rockers who have cited Buddy Guy as a major influence on their music includes Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Says Beck, "He was playing behind his head long before Hendrix. I once saw him throw the guitar up in the air and catch it in the same chord." This three-CD/one-DVD set chronicles the blues-rocker's career, released as part of the celebration of his 70th birthday.
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4. Robert Plant - Nine Lives

After a successful 12-year run fronting Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant built a solo career that shows no signs of winding down any time soon. This nine-CD, one-DVD box set provides a comprehensive retrospective of the artist's post-Zep solo career.

5. Gram Parsons - The Complete Reprise Sessions

Before he died of a drug overdose in 1973, Gram Parsons had released one solo album, two as a member of Flying Burrito Brothers, one with The Byrds and one with his first group, The International Submarine Band. The three-CD set, co-produced by Parsons' former duet partner, Emmylou Harris, includes 16 previously unreleased outtakes.
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