Boxing Day

Complete catalogs trump career overviews

A dearth of music box sets greets the close of 2012 like a cold front ahead of the continued death knell of CDs. Entire catalogs materialize with or without accompanying bonuses or scholarship, while curatorial catalog overviews disappear altogether. If these are the format's end-times, herein spin some final desert island survival troves.

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Blue Öyster Cult, Sufjan Stevens, William Basinski, Blur, Woody Guthrie, Patti Smith, Dick Dale, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tom Waits, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Roxy Music

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