With the holiday season once again sneaking around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to be picking up. You know, making that list, checking it twice, stuff that we all hate to do. But for some people, music is all that’s necessary. For those of us who count music as one of the greatest gifts of humankind, we just got very lucky.
There are a series of Complete Albums Collection box sets that are coming from Legacy Recordings that will definitely do the trick for the music lover on that damn list. Here’s the Morton Report rundown on what will be available, what will be in them, and when they can be purchased.
Leonard Cohen: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
On October 11, an 18-CD box will be released that contains every Columbia album that Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen has created. The music found on each of these Cohen albums has become a timeless gift. From his debut release (Songs Of Leonard Cohen), to his last studio album (Dear Heather), to the recent live albums, this box leaves nothing out.
The collected albums are: Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), Songs From A Room (1969), Songs Of Love And Hate (1971), Live Songs (1973), New Skin For The Old Ceremony (1974), Death Of A Ladies’ Man (1977), Recent Songs (1979), Various Positions (1984), I’m Your Man (1988), The Future (1991), Cohen Live (1994), Field Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979 (2001), Ten New Songs (2001), Dear Heather (2004), Live In London - 2-CD (2009), Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (2009), Songs From The Road (2010).
The Dave Brubeck Quartet: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection
On October 22, Legacy will reissue 19 Brubeck titles from his Columbia Records years. Dave Brubeck was a tireless jazz pianist who released so much greatness that we cannot fathom the depth of his creative spirit.
This box is a massive collection that will include the following titles: Brubeck Time (1955), Jazz Impressions Of The U.S.A. (1956), Jazz Impressions of Eurasia (1958), Dave Digs Disney (1957), Gone With The Wind (1959), Time Out! (1959), Southern Scene (1960), Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein (1961), Time Further Out (1961), Countdown - Time In Outer Space (1962), Bossa Nova U.S.A. (1962), Brandenburg Gate: Revisited (1963), Time Changes (1963), Jazz Impressions Of Japan (1964), Jazz Impressions of New York (1964), Angel Eyes (1965), My Favorite Things (1965), Time In (1966), Plays Cole Porter - Anything Goes! (1966).
Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
October 11 is the date for this five-disc collection featuring the catalog of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, a progressive jazz fusion band that had much going for it until it quit being a musical force early in its short span. At one point, Mahavishnu Orchestra featured Billy Cobham on drums and Jan Hammer on keys. That’s some serious currency!
The five discs in this set are: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971), Birds of Fire (1973), The Lost Trident Sessions (1973), Between Nothingness And Eternity (1974), and the bonus disc for Between Nothingness And Eternity (Disc 2).
Weather Report, The Jaco Years: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Weather Report was perhaps the greatest jazz fusion band of all time next to Return To Forever. Part of the reason for that was the inclusion of Wayne Shorter, Airto, and the focus of this box, Jaco Pastorius. The late Jaco was considered one of the world’s great bass players. It’s no surprise that a set would be focused on the years when Jaco was in such an influential and trend-setting band.
On October 11, Legacy will release this collection with the following albums: Black Market (1976), Heavy Weather (1977), Mr Gone (1978), 8:30 (1979), Night Passage (1980), Weather Report (1982).
Also on October 11, Legacy and Columbia will reconfigure a previously released set, molding it into the new Complete Albums Collection series. This ten-disc Billie Holiday box will be called Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia - 1933-1944.
These new box series join previous releases for The Byrds, ELO, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Sam Cooke.