Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Big Box Sets by The Byrds and Sam Cooke on the Way

On May 31, Sony's Legacy Records will be releasing a career-spanning collection of all the albums The Byrds cut for Columbia Records, as well as all of Sam Cooke's releases on RCA. No word yet on whether the thirteen-disc Byrds set will included previously unreleased material, but it will likely include all of the bonus tracks on Legacy's CDs currently available, as well as everything on the double-disc deluxe edition of Sweetheart of the Rodeo. More exciting is the news that six of the eight discs in the Cooke collection are previously unissued on CD. Here are the specs:

The Byrds - Complete Columbia Albums

* Contains CD expanded edition versions of all 11 original Columbia albums released by the Byrds between 1965 and 1971, which includes numerous rarities and unreleased tracks.
* Each individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art.
* Includes booklet containing historic photos and track-by-track annotation by veteran journalist Johnny Rogan, author of the definitive Byrds biography Timeless Flight.

* Mr. Tambourine Man
* Turn! Turn! Turn!
* Fifth Dimension
* Younger Than Yesterday
* The Notorious Byrd Brothers
* Sweetheart of the Rodeo (2 CDs)
* Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde
* Ballad of Easy Rider
* (Untitled)/(Unissued) (2 CDs)
* Byrdmaniax
* Farther Along

Sam Cooke - The RCA Albums Collection

* The most complete package to date of Sam Cooke's '60s albums.
* Six of the eight albums in this set have never been released on CD in the U.S.
* Each individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art.

* Cooke's Tour
* Hits of the 50's
* Sam Cooke/Swing Low
* My Kind of Blues
* Twistin' the Night Away
* Mr. Soul
* Night Beat
* One Night Stand! Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963


Pre-order info at Pop Market.com. Thanks to The Second Disc for this scoop.
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