sound & vision


“Sound and Vision” was a pretty cool tune from a David Bowie album that made my Top 30 Rock Albums of 1977.

It’s also a pretty cool name for this page where I’ll gather up my box set (sound) and Blu-ray (vision) reviews. I might also throw in the odd DVD and CD/vinyl reissue when so inclined.


Michael Bruce’s deletion from SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER is a travesty


QUEEN box set out today captures the legendary rockers live in ’75

BLACK SABBATH reissues bring back memories of “War Pigs”-inspired furniture abuse

The ultimate QUEEN fan and vinyl freak just creamed his or her jeans

THE BOTTLE ROCKETS are one of the world’s most underrated rock bands

Wes Craven’s THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS gets collectible Blu-ray release today

STRAY CATS Live at Rockpalast finds the rockabilly revivalists at their ballsy best

ROLLING STONES super-deluxe box set falls short without Keith Richards mini cut-out

Imagine all of JOHN LENNON’s studio albums in a vinyl box set

ROGER WATERS to release Jeff Beck-bolstered album Amused to Death

ROXY MUSIC vinyl box offers a second shot at ’70s art-rock

Good news for those who can’t get enough BAD COMPANY


KANSAS to release deluxe CD/DVD, so you can bet “Dust in the Wind” is on there

PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS deluxe-edition box sets are pretty sweet

THE TRAGICALLY HIP to release super-deluxe edition of the Newt’s fave Hip album

Guitar legend JEFF BECK to release new concert Blu-ray next month

GEORGE HARRISON box set stirs ’70s memories and gets Conan on the case

RUSH to issue box set with previously unreleased footage (of John Rutsey!)

The Art of McCARTNEY boasts ’70s rockers Heart, Steve Miller, and the Coop

RORY GALLAGHER and STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN box-set announcements make the Newt holler “fuckin’-AAA!”

New LED ZEPPELIN reissues will do until the Physical Graffiti box comes around

STATUS QUO box set brings ’70s guitar-boogie in spades

New JOHN MELLENCAMP box set crams 19 discs into one tidy package

JUDAS PRIEST rips off Iron Maiden on Redeemer of Souls (but just a little)

The Life of Riley shows B.B. KING’s talent flowing from a huge heart

HALLOWEEN Blu-ray box sets on the way from Anchor Bay

Fans of early QUEEN will flip for Live at the Rainbow ’74

Yee-haw! ALLMAN BROTHERS to release southern-rock masterpiece as box set

THE WHO’S Quadrophenia: Live in London gets primo packaging in a collector’s edition

Blue Wild Angel: JIMI HENDRIX Live at the Isle of Wight to be released on Blu-ray

BRIAN SETZER returns to a Stray Cats vibe with Rockabilly Riot: All Original

PINK FLOYD’s Division Bell gets the 20th anniversary box set treatment

ERIC CLAPTON’S J.J. Cale tribute features Derek Trucks, Albert Lee, and Doyle Bramhall II

RUSH gives John Rutsey his due on ReDISCovered box set

The riff returns with first batch of deluxe LED ZEPPELIN box sets

DEEP PURPLE’s monumental Made in Japan gets box-set treatment

FESTIVAL EXPRESS takes a crazy train to ’70s rock history

BLACK SABBATH’s new box set isn’t quite as wicked as its Black Box

BOB DYLAN Blu-ray smokes with Johnny WInter, Neil Young & Tom Petty

JOHNNY WINTER box set to rival last year’s stunning Duane Allman package

JOE SATRIANI’s upcoming box set is one mighty back o’ Satch

MIKE BLOOMFIELD’s fearless fretwork shines on new box set

Scream Factory to release Sam Raimi’s DARKMAN on collector’s edition Blu-ray


BEATLES On Air LP sparks memories of childhood vinyl purchase

ERIC CLAPTON box set features Slowhand trading licks with Freddie King

ROLLING STONES Blu-ray sounds killer with Keef’s botched chords fixed up

BOTTLE ROCKETS reissue displays Brian Henneman’s observational eye

RAMONES box set boasts over 75 tunes on six discs

BLACK SABBATH to release live Blu-ray on which Ozzy’s vocals might not suck

35th anniversary HALLOWEEN Blu-ray brings classic horror back in HD

RORY GALLAGHER’s crime-noir interests spawn Kickback City

ZZ TOP box set will include original mixes of three early albums

BLACK SABBATH 13 deluxe box set a sweet treat for ’70s hard-rock freaks

RICHARD PRYOR box set celebrates the world’s most hilarious human

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN’s soul shines on Texas Flood Legacy Edition

Foaming at the mouth over DUANE ALLMAN Skydog retrospective


Aussie rock legend JIMMY BARNES joins Joe Bonamassa on Deep Purple tribute

THE STONES and MUDDY WATERS make blues magic on Chicago’s south side

GARY MOORE plays Hendrix on upcoming Blues for Jimi Blu-ray

PINK FLOYD to release The Story of Wish You Were Here on Blu-ray

OUTLAWS box set captures the shitkicker glory of the Florida Guitar Army

HEART’S Strange Euphoria sparks memories of a (Chilliwack) Coliseum concert

PINK FLOYD The Wall box set is a dream come true for Floyd freaks


THE WHO’s Quadrophenia, the world’s greatest rock album, released as box set

ROLLING STONES to release Some Girls Live in Texas 1978 on DVD and Blu-ray

Lick Library DVD reveals the secrets of THIN LIZZY’s timeless guitar licks

RORY GALLAGHER’s long-shelved studio album finally released

AC/DC concert film Live at River Plate released on DVD and Blu-ray

THE WALKING DEAD’s zombie holocaust unleashed on DVD and Grue-ray

UFO box set celebrates the hard-rock guitar genius of Michael Schenker


LEMMY KILMISTER documentary profiles Motorhead’s “motherf***er”

TOMMY BOLIN’s spirit revived with rerelease of Come Taste the Band

Bob Geldof and Slash worship RORY GALLAGHER on Ghost Blues DVD

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS get the Classic Albums treatment on Blu-ray

This is the Blues goes heavy on underrated guitar hero PETER GREEN

Iron Man 2 compiles some of AC/DC’s best, if not biggest

Live in London Blu-ray shows THE PRETENDERS in killer form

DAVID BOWIE’s A Reality Tour could have used some Aladdin Sane


Past Masters reissue bring sweet BEATLES nostalgia in stereo

Crest of a Wave shows off the best of shockingly underrated RORY GALLAGHER

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS captured as its raw and raucous best on Live from Austin TX

GARY MOORE’s Essential Montreux box is a feast of fret-burning action

WOODSTOCK 40-year anniversary box set goes overboard with six discs


Dio-era Rules of Hell box proves SABBATH thrived after Ozzy

JEFF HEALEY’S amazing legacy captured on three-disc package

LED ZEPPELIN’s The Song Remains the Same remains awesome on vinyl

The mighty KISS marketing machine pulls another fast one with IKONS


The soul-destroying legacy of “Sussudio” puts damper on GENESIS box

The volume knob on THE HEAVY METAL BOX goes past eleven


Essentially JOHN MAYALL sees the British bluesman with a cavalcade of guitar heroes

Extravagant DOORS box captures cosmic aspects of the Lizard King

Nine Lives box set best suited for hardcore ROBERT PLANT fans only


TRAGICALLY HIP box set artfully melds sound and vision

OZZY OSBOURNE box the perfect primer for his post-Sabbath period

THE STRAT PACK DVD is a guitar freak’s dream come true

CREAM live reunion DVD wasn’t worth hounding Clapton for

Ballsy blues-metal of AC/DC’s Family Jewels riles the budgie


100,000,000 BON JOVI fans can’t be wrong…or can they?

JUDAS PRIEST’s Metalogy box set comes wrapped in metal studs

Consider yourself warned about SABBATH’s Black Box

The only thing missing from FACES box set is a big honkin’ bottle of JD


ZZ TOP goes heavy on the ’70s with Chrome, Smoke & BBQ Box

Rounder hits the mark with no-frill BOX OF THE BLUES


THIN LIZZY box set is a fitting tribute to hard-rock poet Phil Lynott

ROD STEWART box set captures his post-Faces hits and the odd clunker

YES box set a worthy investment for hardcore fans only

CAPITOL RECORDS 60TH ANNIVERSARY box gets the Newt’s noggin noddin’


DOOBIE BROTHERS box set suffers from some Michael McDonald-penned ditties


GENESIS box set goes heavy on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

There’s plenty of room to keep your weed in the QUEEN box if you toss the two duds

MOTT THE HOOPLE box set is definitely worth the extra dollars


Bonfire box a godsend for fans of AC/DC’s ear-bustin’ boogie blues

SILVERCHAIR fanatics will lap up the Aussie grunge-rockers’ freak box

THE DOORS box set documents the band in all its unrefined glory


Crossroads 2 (live in the seventies) finds SLOWHAND bluesy as hell

CHEAP TRICK box set wisely avoids ’80s clunkers


DAVID WILCOX’s whimsical boogie doesn’t warrant a 63-song box set

The Return of the Manticore box set is for devoted ELP fans only

Message in a Box delivers all the great tracks THE POLICE laid down before Sting went off by himself to be boring

Ashes to Diamonds box set shines with unreleased TOM COCHRANE gems


LED ZEPPELIN box gets you the best of Zep on tape or CD for one nominal price

Pandora’s Box conjures vivid memories of AEROSMITH in the seventies

The Definitive Lynyrd Skynyrd Collection is a must-have for hardcore SKYNYRD fans

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH box set benefits from some Young

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