-- Musical box sets, encapsulating a portion or all of an artist's catalog, are hardly a new trend. They've been around for decades.
But as labels begin to search for more sources of income, they're increasingly using yesterday's hits to help today's bottom line, from multi-disc deluxe editions of your favorite old album to over-the-top collections of obscurities complete with cool little tchotchkes.
And they're also reaching new heights in pricing. Love U2 beyond measure? There's the new "Achtung Baby" uber-deluxe edition, a limited, numbered box set that originally retailed for $650. It includes six CDs, four DVDs, a new documentary, a magnetic puzzle box, five clear 7-inch vinyl singles, 16 art prints, an 84-page book, a sticker sheet and a pair of Bono's bug-eyed sunglasses, among many other things.Tony Bennett
fans can own his entire recorded output – more than 1,000 of his songs spread across 73 discs and three DVDs – in "Tony Bennett
: The Complete Collection,