Singles 3 Box set, Single, Import
The Third of Three Special Digitally Remastered Box Sets Including CD Facsimilies of Costello's Original Vinyl Single Releases from 1977-1987. Each Single is Presented in a Miniature Version of the Original UK Picture Sleeve (Many of which were Extremely Limited Editions). Some Tracks Make their CD Debut in this Set, Like "Everyday I Write the Book (Extended Mix)", "Everyday I Write the Book (Special Version), "Everyday I Write the Book (Instrumental)", "Let them all Talk (Extended Remix)", "i Wanna Be Loved (Extended Smoochy N Runny Version)", "i Wanna Be Loved (Version Discotheque)","The Only Flame in Town (Version Discotheque)", "Pump it Up (84 Dance Mix)", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Live)", "i Hope You're Happy Now", "a Town Called Big Nothing (The Long March)". Includes a Booklet with Full Single-by-single Annotation. This Set is Essential for Collectors who Relish the Fun of Having Everything in the Costello Canon.
Are you a Costello completist? Did you already pick up the first 2 boxes?
Well, this time, we get 11 discs (not 12), and a fair amount of music (2-and-a-half hours) compared to the other 2 sets. This 3rd box completes (or so it seems) the first decade of the singles released by EC. (This one covers from July 1983 to April 1987.)
BUT, there are a few flaws surfacing when looking into greater detail in the material compiled herein:
Disc 4, the "I Wanna Be Loved" single, REPLACES the "radio version" that was released as the A-side of the 12-inch single with the "regular" version which appears on the "Goodbye Cruel World" album;
Disc 8, the "Tokyo Storm Warning" single, OMITS the 6-and-a-half minute version of the track which appeared on the 12-inch version of the single (it combined the 2 parts without interruption).
Also included, as was the case for the other 2 boxes, is a 12-page booklet that gives a track-by-track history (or should I say "context") of each of the singles.
Personnally, I'm getting pretty tired of spending all this money on the various Costello items: first there was the "regular" albums, then the "remastered" version on Rykodisc that included bonus tracks, then the 2-CD "expanded" sets which include TONS of bonus tracks, and now, 3 box sets that only cover the first decade of his career (I bet there will be more to cover the next decades if this sells well!)
And those boxes don't include ALL the tracks from the first decade (when combining the 7-inch, 12-inch and CD formats)... so what's the point?!?
Oh... I get it! You want the record sleeves ?!?
I feel like a philantropist after buying the 3 boxes; if you're not, I would seriously suggest you "invest" roughly the same amount of money in the 2-CD versions of the albums: you don't get ONLY the singles, you get the FULL albums AND lots of music not on these 3 boxes!