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Boxed-set overkill: From Mick Jagger to Yoko Ono

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Boxed-set overkill: From Mick Jagger to Yoko Ono

A few years ago, the idea of classy, multiple-CD boxed sets devoted to the Carpenters, Donovan, and Barry Manilow would have sounded like music-business jokes. In 1992, with boxed sets out of hand, they’re a reality. With any luck, the following boxes will never exist — but don’t say we didn’t warn you:

*MICK JAGGER As Careers Go By: The Solo Years Deluxe three-CD set containing his two dud ’80s albums and a third disc of panicky conference calls between Jagger and Sony executives trying to rationalize why no one bought either record.

*STYX Come Sail Away With Styx: 1975-1984 A four-disc set of the merger of ’70s art rock and Vegas-like ”sincerity.” Can’t you just hear the never-before-released solo piano demo of ”Babe”?

*DON JOHNSON AND PHILIP MICHAEL THOMAS The Miami Vice Box Relive the happy coincidence of would-be singers Johnson and Thomas releasing albums during the show’s heyday on this four-CD package. Plus, all the worst ’80s pop hits heard on the series, like Glenn Frey’s ”You Belong to the City.”

*TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN Dawnograph All the hits, from Tony’s sub-Fabian offerings of the early ’60s through ”Knock Three Times.” Bonus track: an extended ”Middle Eastern hostage mix” of ”Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” featuring voice samples of Orlando on Jerry Lewis telethons.

*YOKO ONO Onobox Six-CD set of atonal caterwauling and awkward rhythms disguised as art. Oh, wait this one actually exists.

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