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Not enough to justify the price
26 February 2018
Initial thoughts? It's expensive, the included LP is less deluxe than the Electra LP I got back in the 70s, the main album CD is not a new remaster (ok, we didn't really need a new remaster, but still), many of tracks on the bonus tracks disc felt very much previously released, and the documentary on the DVD is much less than fans had been waiting 40 years to get. The "Raw Sessions" alternative versions CD is very good.
There are a number of ways this set could have been improved, most boil down to pumping up the content or reducing the price. I would have wanted to see a full concert included, preferably Houston '77 to go with the DVD content. Hi-res or surround sound versions of the album on the DVD was expected. A 12" version of We will Rock You/We are the Champions would have been good. Fresh copies of the original 7" singles. Even a half-speed mastered, 45RPM double-LP instead of the included LP.
I see this set is currently running £81.53, which is better than the original full price. Still a lot of cash for what feels like an under-delivery.