The Dark Side of the Box Set

When the album becomes immersion

First the novel went belly-up somewhere north of Charles Dickens, and now music's long-player is routinely decried as dead and buried. Which makes this box set season's multidisc/format expansion of landmark LPs all the more remarkable – or not. From Megadeth (see the Earache! blog) to the Monkees' new Instant Replay and Derek & the Dominos' Layla in between, 2011 bulked up single albums to extreme degrees. Here are seven of the year's most celebrated box sets. Next week, Part II: artist catalogs boxed.

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