Dean Martin, Collected Cool (UMe)
Can you believe this is the first ever domestic, career-spanning Dino box set, pallies? And just in time for Father's Day.
Sugar, File Under: Easy Listening - Deluxe Edition (Edsel)
The last Sugar LP, expanded with B-sides, the live album The Joke is Always on Us, Sometimes, and a DVD of videos and live footage.
Gilbert O'Sullivan, Southpaw: Deluxe Edition / A Stranger in My Own Back Yard: Deluxe Edition (Salvo)
The latest in Salvo's ongoing expansion campaign for the Irish songwriter.
Kenny Loggins, Keep the Fire: Expanded Edition (Lemon)
One of Kenny's best solo LPs gets expanded in the U.K. with two live tracks and a "clean version" of "This is It," which we still have no idea what that is.
Paul M. Mock says
This is far from the first Dean Martin box set. Begin with the huge four box set of complete recordings from Bear Family and this list goes on and on from there. Unfortunately the same somgs appear on almost every set. 🙁
Yes there were other box sets, but Mike said "domestic" meaning USA, and Bear Family was German. Also, Mike was talking about a first time USA box set covering both Capitol and Reprise labels. There may have been individual CDs with cross label compilations, but those are not boxes and most were imported "grey market" bootlegs. The official boxes, whether 2, 4 or more CDs are all single label.
I also wish that compilations covered new material, but after all they all are essentially greatest hits or best-of type sets, and that means the same or similar material.
I recommend listening to Dean's very first recordings on the Apollo label (see Bear Family).
Robert Lett says
Just ordered the Sugar import. Seeing Bob play "Cooper Blue" in DC in Sept. Probably bite on the Dean box too.