Monday, 14 July 2008

U2 Deluxe Edition Boxset

This limited edition collectible U2 Deluxe Edition boxset comes in a hardbound shell. Inside are the newly remastered and expanded 2 CD deluxe editions of the bands first three albums BOY, OCTOBER and WAR, plus room for a fourth (not included). Re-mastered from the original audio tapes, each deluxe includes a disc of b-sides, live tracks and rarities, and the packaging on all three titles has been restored and expanded, with new liner notes for each record, previously unseen photos and full lyrics.

This set also comes with a limited edition, exclusive 18'x24' full colour replica poster from the bands beginnings, recreated just for this boxset.(But surely this will be ruined by folding it?) The three albums will also be available separately as deluxe CD reissues.

Am I going to buy this, you know, I don't think I am. I have bought the original vinyl versions then upgraded to CD. Do I need to buy these for a third time because they are re-mastered and have some "rarities"? I always feel "re-mastering" or "re-mixing" are just easy ways of getting more money from fans. I know many fans will love this boxset and buy it as soon as it's released on July 21st, but I won't be one of them, I'll be keeping my money for what I'm really looking forward to - the new album.


  1. I have decided not to buy this... well, I didn't really have to decide. I never was going to. I am not interested in early rarities, and am not a collector by any means, which means that posters and the like do not appeal to me. I have never been a poster fan, except when I was a kid. I certainly would never put any up in my house, so why get them? Like you, I am a little skeptical about these "re-masters", and I am not knocking anyone who wants to collect them. They are just not for me. Now, it if was recent stuff rarities, I would find that hard to resist!!!

  2. Yeah I've never been an avid collector of all versions of vinyl,CDs etc. Always tended to get the main releases and that's it. I understand others collecting though and for newer fans this boxset will be ideal.