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Progressive Rock - Released November 11, 2013 | Rhino Atlantic

Rhino reissued expanded versions of all the Yes albums in the early days of the new millennium, so this 2013 set doesn't see either a massive sonic upgrade or expansion. Instead, those acclaimed remasters -- including the expansion of Big Generator, which hadn't seen U.S. release prior to this -- are now packaged in mini-LP cardboard sleeves and put into a box with new artwork designed by Roger Dean. Apart from the art, this may not offer hardcore Yes fans anything they don't already have -- that's assuming they didn't opt to purchase an import of Big Generator in the first place -- but this is an easy, attractive, and relatively affordable way to get the band's core catalog in one fell swoop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Progressive Rock - Released July 3, 2001 | Rhino Atlantic

The plainly named Box Set -- that's the actual title -- contains four CDs by a band that made only three albums in their brief lifetime. It goes without saying that this has a lot of great music, and is an essential purchase for fans of this phenomenal 1960s folk-rock-psychedelic band, containing no less than 36 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, and previously unissued mixes. It's the unreleased stuff that holds the most interest, especially since even on their outtakes, Buffalo Springfield were often superb. Songs like "Neighbor Don't You Worry," "Down Down Down" (which contains seeds of both "Broken Arrow" and the Neil Young solo standout "Country Girl"), "We'll See," and "My Kind of Love" are actually up to the standard of many of the songs that made it onto the official albums. Although acoustic demos of various Young, Stills, and Furay songs are not as strong, they are always at the least pleasant, and often show intriguing, unsuspected sentimental pop and folk leanings. Alternate versions of great songs, such as "Hung Upside Down" and a piano-only "Four Days Gone," are substantially different from the fully arranged familiar versions, yet worthwhile performances in their own right. At the same time, this box -- which, other than the last disc, sequences the material in the chronological order it was recorded -- is not all it could have been. First of all, for some reason, this does not have everything the band ever released. Not only are a few songs from Last Time Around missing (including one of Richie Furay's best moments, "In the Hour of Not Quite Rain"), but the nine-minute version of "Bluebird" (available on the two-LP Buffalo Springfield compilation) and the Neil Young-sung take of "Down to the Wire" (which came out on his Decade collection) are also absent. First-rate songs from Last Time Around, including "On the Way Home," "Pretty Girl Why," and "Four Days Gone," are represented by different demos and remixes, though it would have been easily possible to include the official final versions too. Worst of all, disc four is comprised solely of all the material from the group's brilliant first two albums -- which would not be cause for criticism, except that identical versions of every one of them (except for "Mr. Soul" and "Baby Don't Scold Me") also appear at some point in the course of the preceding three discs. This bizarre repetition is doubly galling both because that space could have been used for remaining Last Time Around absentees, and because other quality unreleased material, both studio and live, is known to exist, and is far more hungrily desired by fans eager to purchase a box set in the first place. Fortunately you can still (almost) complete the Springfield discography by buying Last Time Around itself. The sound is very good, and on the rarities, notably superior to bootlegs (such as the famous Stampede) on which some of the songs have previously surfaced. The 82-page booklet, primarily comprised of vintage clippings, is nice too, even if specific details and anecdotes about the unreleased songs in particular would have been good. As good as it is, though, this could have been one of the greatest rock box sets of all time, if only a saner approach to presenting the band's complete official albums, and more rarities, in one place had been employed. ~ Richie Unterberger

Progressive Rock - Released June 8, 2018 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released February 9, 2010 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released June 29, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

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In 2013, in addition to his many recording and remixing projects, Steven Wilson remixed a sizable chunk of the Yes catalog. Interestingly, he didn't proceed chronologically, but by using an inner aesthetic that has become his trademark through previous projects with King Crimson and Jethro Tull. In 2013, he completed 1972's Close to the Edge; in 2014, he did a stellar job on 1974's Relayer (arguably never properly heard until this mix) and 1971's The Yes Album. The following year it was 1972's Fragile, and in 2016, 1973's double-length Tales from Topographic Oceans. These high-resolution remixes were previously available only on Blu-ray and DVD (while the conventional CDs contained 16/44.1 resolution mixes). In commemoration of Yes' 50th anniversary, Rhino has boxed and re-released all of these titles on vinyl. According to Wilson, they have used the 24/96 hi-res, DVD-A/Blu-ray mixes for each LP. The outer housing of the package features artwork created specifically for this set by original album artist Roger Dean -- whose work has been synonymous with the band's identity for more than 40 years. Additionally, two of these albums – Close to the Edge and Tales from Topographic Oceans -- feature brand-new cover art, while the remaining three covers were reworked by Dean. ~ Thom Jurek
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Progressive Rock - Released June 29, 2018 | Rhino Atlantic

Progressive Rock - Released October 7, 2008 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released June 3, 2008 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released August 5, 2008 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released July 29, 2016 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

The Anthology is a three-disc collection chronicling the progressive rock trio’s career between 1970 and 1998. A fitting tribute to the memory of the late keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, the collection features 39 tracks and contains brand new liner notes, rare photographs, and exclusive material traversing the band’s activities throughout their career. ~ Rob Wacey

Progressive Rock - Released May 8, 2012 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released September 14, 2016 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released March 28, 2014 | Metropolis Records

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To celebrate over 25 years on the industrial music scene, KMFDM collected all their best cuts on the excellent Würst and then added a disc of deeper cuts to create this set of Greatest Shit. Tracks are arranged in a non-chronological order for maximum listenability and 12” versions, single versions, or remixes are chosen if longtime leader Sascha Konietzko deems them better than the originals. Some of the tracks are just simple “edits,” most likely because of run time and the desire to have a fat track list, and while this may disappoint the purist, nothing here seems overly slashed. The Würst package was light on the liner notes but Greatest Shit comes with a fat booklet, filled with history and credits. Longtime fans should pick this one and will be rewarded with different cover art, featuring the same femme fatales as on Würst but they’re being a bit less, ahem, modest. ~ David Jeffries

Progressive Rock - Released September 13, 2016 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released November 23, 2012 | Musea Parellèle

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Progressive Rock - Released March 22, 2010 | Armada Music Bundles

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Progressive Rock - Released March 25, 2017 | Llort jr

Progressive Rock - Released August 24, 2018 | Metropolis Records

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Progressive Rock - Released July 29, 2016 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

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Progressive Rock - Released July 29, 2016 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.

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