Exhaustive Sets – Who Should Be Next?

Surprises abound.  This is especially so with the recent announcement of the upcoming MASSIVE Box collection for Harry Nilsson, a set leaving almost no stone unlifted. It leads me to wonder what other artists should be afforded this kind of in depth attention.

I have to say that while I love Harry Nilsson, I also have to wonder how many people are fans enough to pay the kind of dollars needed to acquire such an exhaustive set.  AQnd there will also be fans who refuse to pay such a premium for the set.  Believe me, Harry Nilsson is deserving of such a set.  Hell, many, many other artists are deserving of such a set.  The question is who, who else would be deserving of such a set in today’s tight money market?

PattiSmithI can think of many.  Bands,  singer-songwriters, and singers not songwriters.  And we can now eliminate the excuse that any band of any note was not popular enough to warrant such a collection.  Let’s face it.  Some of us know well the music of Harry Nilsson.  However,  I would hardly call Nilsson a household name.  Not like Led Zeppelin.  Or The Rolling Stones.  Or The Beatles.  Or even John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and thousands of others.

With these thoughts firmly in place, and given a nice bit of extra room to roam catalogs once thought to be too obscure, let’s do the simple fun exercise of throwing around a few names that should be given the honor of a 17CD Box set that completely explores a career.

I’d like to start with Patti Smith.  She’s on the right label for starters.  With Legacy as hounds to uncover the goodies that are obviously in her vaults, both Arista and Columbia, I WOULD pay top dollars to acquire an exhaustive Patti Smith box.  Of course, that’s for starters.  I could think of many others.  But let me turn it over to you.