FOR A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS MORE
Have some extra bucks, or care to miss a car payment next month? Then consider the sets below-gargantuan boxes that compile everything, or close to it, from superstars of all genres. Frank Sinatra The Columbia Years: The Complete Recordings 1943-1952 (Columbia/ Legacy) A 12-CD set with everything the Voice recorded for his first major label (meaning 285 songs, many of which are seeing their first release since the days of 78s). Suggested retail price: $249.98.
Ella Fitzgerald The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks (Verve) A whopping 16 CDs that include all the Songbook albums Ella made in honor of the great American tunesmiths-Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, and Rodgers and Hart. Suggested retail price: $250.
The Police Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings (A&M) All five of the new-wave band’s hugely popular albums, plus assorted B sides, rarities, and live tracks, on four CDs. Suggested retail price: $59.95.
Led Zeppelin The Complete Studio Recordings (Atlantic) Every album (with the exception of the live The Song Remains the Same) on 10 CDs, plus a few extra tracks tagged onto Coda. Suggested retail price: $129.98.
Steely Dan Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980 (MCA) The seven albums by the hugely cultish and recently revived pop duo, with, lamentably, only a few rare tracks strewn throughout. Suggested retail price: $63.92 (Out Dec. 14).
Count Basie The Complete Roulette Studio Recordings of Count Basie and His Orchestra (Mosaic Records 203-327-7111) Basie’s orchestra was the most influential big band of the post-World War II era, and these 10 CDs include its best-remembered numbers, along with 21 previously unreleased tracks. Suggested retail price: $150.
Django Reinhardt Djangology (Blue Note) A 10-CD set of ’30s and ’40s recordings by the brilliant Gypsy guitarist and his band, Quintette of the Hot Club of France, which included violinist Stephane Grappelli. Suggested retail price: $118.98.