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13 Binge-Worthy Box Sets

From the Who to Marvin Gaye, these deluxe music reissues will reel in the years for hours

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    The Who

    The Brunswick Singles 1965-1966 (Polydor/Universal) Got a turntable? Join the vinyl-record revival with the eight 45-rpm singles in this set, which charts the British band’s rise to rock stardom. The fun begins with the frisky “I Can’t Explain” and culminates with the harmonica-driven “I’m the Face.”

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    The Doobie Brothers

    The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983 (Warner Bros./Rhino) The Doobie Brothers evolved from country rock to blue-eyed soul, earning them a memorable appearance on the late-1970s’ sitcom What’s Happening! Now you can relive their musical odyssey through this rollicking 10-disc retrospective  

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    The Isley Brothers

    The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters 1959-1983 (RCA/Legacy) This talented musical dynasty left indelible imprints all over rock, pop, R&B and funk. This set of 23 discs nicely illustrates the band’s growth, from a singing trio to six-man funk combo. Bonus: An entire collaborative album with Jimi Hendrix.  

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    The Rolling Stones

    Sticky Fingers Deluxe Edition (Universal) From the obvious references on songs such as “Brown Sugar” and “Sister Morphine” to the titillating artwork, everything about this classic 1971 LP screams “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll!” Every song has been remastered, gaining welcome sonic heft. This two-disc set contains previously unreleased outtakes.  

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    David Bowie

    Five Years 1969-1973 (Rhino/Parlophone) The first in a series of Rhino-issued box sets examining the oeuvre of the mercurial Thin White Duke, this 12-disc package focuses of the rise of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona as he expanded his style from folk-tinged, apocalyptic pop to gender-blending glam rock. Included are tunes never released on CD and some rarely seen photographs.

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    Chicago

    Double Header: The Studio Albums (Rhino) So massive is the discography of certain bands that two box sets are required to corral it. Such is the case for recent Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Chicago. The septet’s 20 studio LPs, released from 1969 to 1988, ranged from horn-powered, jazz-inflected progressive rock to infectious pop confetti that was tailor-made for MTV.  

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    Sly & The Family Stone

    Live at the Fillmore East (Epic/Legacy) This four-disc set captures the high-wire energy of Sly & the Family Stone a full year before the band electrified the crowd at Woodstock. These never-released concerts focus on early hits (“Dance to the Music,” “Life”), but listen for Sly’s bluesy harmonica solo on “We Love All” and Sister Rosie Stone’s growling lead vocals on “Won’t Be Long.”  

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    Miles Davis

    The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: At Newport 1955-1973 (Columbia/Legacy) Sony continues to mine a seemingly endless vein of recordings by the world’s most influential jazz musician. The tunes on this four-disc set, clandestinely recorded live at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, immerse listeners in Davis’ genre-breaking innovations at a time when his music was maturing from sleek bebop to white-hot jazz funk.  

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    Bill Evans

    The Complete Fantasy Recordings (Concord/Fantasy) His music was brilliant, his life tragic. This nine-disc set combs the pianist’s latter years (he died at 51 in 1980) to come up with songs bursting with his trademark invention — and subtle surprises. Whether he was leading a modern jazz trio (most notably with bassist Eddie Gómez) or backing Tony Bennett, Evans springs to life again in this must-have for fans.

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    Marvin Gaye

    Volume One 1961-1965 Vinyl Box Set (Tamla/Motown) Before he perfected the art of wrapping lust in a spiritual lament, Gaye patterned his music after stylists such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. This handsomely packaged seven-LP collection traces the singer’s early aspirations but also manages to feature such gleeful hits as “Stubborn Kind of Fellow” and “Pride and Joy.”  

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    Elvis Presley

    Today (RCA/Legacy) Celebrate the 40th anniversary of The King’s last studio recording with this essential two-disc expanded edition featuring such period singles as “Bringing It Back” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” A lagniappe: Footage of Elvis performing on stage in May and June of 1975.   

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    Simon & Garfunkel

    The Concert in Central Park (Columbia/Legacy) One of the greatest concerts in folk-rock history briefly reunited Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in 1981 at New York’s Central Park, where the duo belted out “The Sound of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to benefit environmental revitalization in Manhattan. Remastered from the original tapes, this set also includes film footage of the concert on a DVD.  

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    Grateful Dead

    30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story 1965-1995 (Grateful Dead Productions) Deadheads, rejoice! What better way to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary than with this 80-disc mother lode? It contains recordings of 30 previously unreleased live concerts that span the band’s entire career.  

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