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Matt Rowe produces a music-related website, MusicTAP, news about all types of music and will now be writing a blog for The Daily Leader. Matt grew up in the Streator area, relocated to Southern California for nearly 30 years, and has since ...

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Matt Rowe produces a music-related website, MusicTAP, news about all types of music and will now be writing a blog for The Daily Leader. Matt grew up in the Streator area, relocated to Southern California for nearly 30 years, and has since relocated back to the local area. A columnist for The Morton Report, Matt is quite knowledgeable and connected in the music world.

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Paul Simon Complete Albums Collection
By Matt Rowe
Aug. 26, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Box sets containing all the albums from a magnificent career have begun to really settle in as a carefully manicured, fan-targeted collection that leaves few stones unturned. Some sets explore deeply while others merely collect the albums released during a band or artist's popular run. 

There are several complete, or mostly complete sets on the horizon that include Deep Purple, Paul Simon, and the strong rumor of a Bob Dylan set. I'll run these down for you so you can get an idea of what's to come in the near future. 

On October 8, Rhino Records will collect the wildly successful albums from Deep Purple and assemble them into a 10CD Boxed set entitled The Complete Albums 1970-1976. There are no intended remastering of the albums to improve their audio, nor are there bonus songs, However, for the fan who doesn't have all the albums, this box easily remedies that. The included albums are Concerto For Group and Orchestra (1969), In Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head, which contained the defining “Smoke On The Water”, and that was a staple in car players during the cruising nights (1972), Who Do We Think We Are? (1973), Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974), and Come Taste The Band (1975), as well as two excellent live sets, Made In Japan (1972), and Made In Europe (1975). 

In the near future, Audio Fidelity, a reissue label that does fantastic remaster work with desirable titles from the past, will create a metal box set that contain four of Deep Purple's classic albums in remastered form and on Gold CD (an audio enhancement procedure famously utilized by Audio Fidelity for many of their releases). The four albums include In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, and Who Do We Think We Are? There is no set date (yet), but this will be good stuff if you like your classics updated in audio. 

On October 15, Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records plan the Complete Albums Collections for Paul Simon. This collection will include twelve of his solo albums that include The Paul Simon Songbook (1965), Paul Simon (1972), There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts And Bones (1983), Graceland (1986), The Rhythm Of The Saints (1990), Songs From The Capeman (1997), You're The One (2000), Surprise (2006), So Beautiful Or So What (2011). Simon's two live albums are included as well (Paul Simon In Concert: Live Rhymin' – 1974, Paul Simon's Concert In The Park – 1991). 

This massive – and pricey – set will throw in 37 bonus tracks that include demos, live performance tracks, alternate versions of familiar songs, and outtakes. This set will also include a 56-page book with plenty of photographs, credits and album information, and exclusive liner notes. 

With the recent successes of Legacy's Miles Davis collection, the incredible and expansive Harry Nilsson collection, and an upcoming Herbie Hancock set, there is reason to believe that not only will this Paul Simon set do well, but also some of your favorites could be bestowed such a collection down the road. 

I'll finish with an unconfirmed rumor delivered from a strong source. Before the end of the year, a massive 41CD, all-inclusive Complete Albums Collection from Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records is planned for Bob Dylan. It is expected that the set will contain new remasters at least fourteen of the albums. A 2CD set will be included that will contain songs released but not included on albums. I'm sure that there will be a highly collectible book with exclusive material packed in the set. 

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