Pop-punk legends Green Day are looking forward thrice over for the rest of the year, releasing three albums (¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!) in September, November and January. But before they put those out, they're releasing a box set to get new fans up to speed in one fell swoop.
The trio are releasing The Studio Albums 1990-2009 later this month around the world (and in September in the U.S., as a Best Buy exclusive). It's a pretty simple set, including all eight of the band's studio efforts, from the 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours compilation (combining the band's first LP and two EPs on the Lookout! label) to 2009's ambitious 21st Century Breakdown. As such, it doesn't contain certain studio keepers, like the non-LP tracks on the International Superhits! compilation or the rarities disc Shenanigans - nor either of the band's live discs from 2005 and 2011. But if you're looking for new copies of these albums at once, you could do worse.
The hinged box features all discs in CD-sized wallet cases. It's out August 27 ex-U.S. and September 4 in the States.
Green Day, The Studio Albums 1990-2009 (Reprise, 2012)
Disc 1: 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (originally released as 1,000 Hours - Lookout! EP LK 17, 1989; 39/Smooth - Lookout! LP LK 22, 1990; Slappy - Lookout! EP LK 35, 1990; reissued as Lookout! CD LK 22CD, 1991 and Reprise CD 43307, 2007)
Disc 2: Kerplunk (originally released as Lookout! LP LK 46, 1991)
Disc 3: Dookie (originally released as Reprise LP 45529, 1994)
Disc 4: Insomniac (originally released as Reprise LP 46046, 1995)
Disc 5: Nimrod (originally released as Reprise LP 46794, 1997)
Disc 6: Warning (originally released as Reprise LP 47613, 2000)
Disc 7: American Idiot (originally released as Reprise LP 48777, 2004)
Disc 8: 21st Century Breakdown (originally released as Reprise LP 49802, 2009)