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Not very magical
on 9 February 2013
Whilst the music in this box set is excellent (and worthy of 5 stars), the product itself has a number of issues.
Firstly the 12" mixes (in particular from the Miracle singles) should have been included. They were released on the original CD singles so their exclusion is strange.
Although the box and cardboard inserts are reasonable quality, the external artwork (light blue bit with the band logo) is printed on thin shiny paper which is glued on to the main carcas of the box. This can be quite easily damaged as it is quite thin.
Given that this is a box set that is designed to sit with the other 3 volumes, it would be nice if box numbers (on the side spine of each box) lined up across all 4 volumes. Although not a show stopper, it is indicative of the lack of attention to detail with these box sets.
Finally and most worrying one of the CD's in this set (a kind of magic) is showing signs of CD rot. Given that this CD has only been used twice and has been stored in a dry cupboard which has a consistent temperature, I suspect there may be a manufacturing defect (although I could have been unlucky). All the other CDs are fine, but anyone purchasing this set should check all discs thoroughly.
It is nice to have the original singles covers in one place; however this box set is very expensive especially when purchased with the other volumes. Most of the tracks are available elsewhere for considerably lower cost and the fact that the discs have only been used twice (to import into the music library on my computer) says it all.