The Hut Recordings Limited Edition, Box set
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Audio CD, Limited Edition, Box set, 8 Jun 2009
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Put together to coincide with the release of Placebo's Battle For The Sun album, the Placebo Box Set is essentially the complete Placebo collection. A must for every Placebo fan, it is a limited edition ten disc box set, containing each of the band's studio albums, a disc of B-sides, a further disc of B-sides and live performances and two DVDs.
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So, there it is. What's the gripe? I dunno. For starters, what would be the difference between a newcomer boycotting the purchase of this box set, but instead going online and purchasing each of Placebo's albums individually? Aren't they still on the Virgin label, and technically owned by EMI? Wouldn't that mean that any percentage of sales from this box set would go to the band just as would any percentage of sales from their CDs individually? Do you know? If you are a fan and don't have any clue (it's ok if you don't 'cause neither do I) then why tell people to not buy this box set?
If you are a casual fan, or someone that purchased their new album, liked it, and now wish to pursue their back catalog then I recommend this for a couple of reasons:
1) Economically affordable (You get all the previously released albums and the two officially released DVDs). Purchasing each album individually and the DVDs would probably cost the same if not more...and you still wouldn't get the B-Sides and live tracks.
2) The B-sides disc. Most of Placebo's singles are out of print. Tracking down all the individual singles, all the part one and two sets, the DVD singles, etc., just for the B-Sides alone could cost a bundle. Sure, you aren't getting some of the great remixes that appeared on the earlier singles, but you are getting the majority of their B-Sides, which any fan will tell you is worth the purchase.
3) This is a great box set for any fan, new, or old. I think someone commented in another review that any true fan will already own the albums. Well, I don't think that is necessarily true. I'm a fan of a lot of bands and I don't necessarily own every single album by them, or all their CD singles for that matter. Maybe I would if those other bands would bundle their back catalog in an affordable and convenient package like this.
So, the bottom line is this: Sure I am a mega-fan of Placebo, but I'm not their advocate. I'm a consumer first, and I don't really know how this box set will rip the band off. I truly hope it doesn't, but unless someone can show me any substantial proof I recommend this to anyone interested. Besides, I'm sure the band has many lawyers protecting their best interests and would sue EMI, so I'll let them "battle for the sum"...
Even if you're like me and own everything by the band, all the albums, every single, all the DVD's, etc., etc., I would still consider buying this item if you can afford it. I did just for the live tracks, the b-sides discs and the fact that it's all housed in a convenient box.
I am slowly working my way through the albums. I will waste nobody's time by reviewing them separately. I just found that this was a great way to listen to how they have honed their sound over the years. Although, I feel that the first albums are far superior to the later ones, the versions cd is a great listen, including one of those rare occasions of a band giving an extra element to a song crafted by another, Running Up That Hill. Kate Bush made an incredible song, which Placebo gave a sense of foreboding and despair which makes it that bit more special.
Personally, the one I always go back to is Without You I'm Nothing. However, there are certainly gems to be found on all the present albums. The live DVD is a frequent accompaniment to my Saturday morning cleaning routine.
In a nutshell, I would have to say that if you are considering it, think no more. There is alot of material to enjoy here. Very little here will disappoint.
Obviously the label put the collection together to coincide with the release of the latest album, I would not have bothered with it if it did not include one thing I have longed from Placebo for a very long time... and that is the B-Side album... I would like to start with saying that a Placebo B-Side album is something Placebo fans have wanted for many years now, there have been petitions online to back this up, and now we finally have one, and I feel this is mainly what made me buy this package as I already have all the albums. YES, the box set is very smart, all the albums are present in digitpaks that seem to gracefully slot together like a collection should... easy to access and fits perfectly in the glove box.
I feel it is important to have the b-sides in one place, rather than having to flip from single to single to listen to 1 or 2 tracks, and it's also nice to have an official track listing for a b-sides album rather than making your own fake one.
Basically, what you get on the b-side album is an almost chronological listing of the vast majority of Placebo b-sides, all the album era's of b-sides are in order although the order of the era has been switched around to make it more accessible, for example, the albums starts with one of the most beautiful, questionable (lyrically) songs Mr Brian Molko has written 'Then the Clouds Will Open for You' taken from 'Bruise Pristine', the last single from the debut album, technically it should start with Drowning By Numbers as this is taken from Placebo's first single 'Come Home'. Although there are some questionable songs such as the instrumental 'Dub Psychosis', there are many great songs in this collection which make you wonder why they were not included on the original album, for example ' Leni', possibly one of the most gracefully beautiful songs I have ever heard, also the viscous 'Slackerbitch' which was placed on the 2006 remaster of the debut. Some of the songs may confuse you at first but they DO grow on you, finding their place to comfortably fit into the Placebo collection. Twenty Years is an epic song that was used for 2004 'Once More With Feeling' singles collection that fits surprisingly well this collection of 'oddities'. Two of my personal favourites are 'Little Mo' and 'UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU'. If you are a huge Placebo fan then I'm sure this collection will interest, and the thought of re-purchasing albums you already own to get this b-side collection is quite daunting but if it helps it is such a nice collection to own... to have all of the albums, covers, dvd's, b-sides and live albums in one package really makes them much more accessible.
There are some songs missing from the b-sides collection, but the majority for good reason, as 'Oxygen Thief' would probably ruin the disc, it's just noise that I imagine to hear in Freddy Kruger's hell hole, and 'Aardvark' which is genuinely just the band messing about with horns etc, (I guess it is interesting to note that they have used horns and strings in their latest album). The one song that would have been nice on this album is 'Long Division' which was included on the dvd of the special edition of the 'Meds' album, but I guess it's technically not a b-side so I'm not too bothered.
Placebo's style has progressed not too much, and not too little over the years (just the right amount) and I feel these b-sides help show that, 'Lazarus' uses strings, which is a definitive feature of the latest album, so it is interesting to think how they experimented with different sounds.
Overall, I'm sure if you are looking at this collection, you are interested in what it has to offer, if you have the albums (which are all superb in their own, especially Black Market Music in my opinion, but that's a different story) then you need to ask yourself if you really want this collection, and if you can part with the money, but I personally adore this collection, it is currently sat in my car, waiting to be completely indulged in once the new album becomes neutral to the placebo collection (which is an amazing album by the way)
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